Play in Italian: the verbs GIOCARE and SUONARE

Play in Italian: the verbs GIOCARE and SUONARE

Have you ever stopped and thought about how to transalte the verb to play in Italian? Have you ever had one of those moments of big doubt? You know a couple of translations, but you’re never sure of how to use them.

 

I’ve seen many people getting confused when trying to translate play in their head. If you’re one of them, you might have heard of giocare, but this is not the only option.

 

There’s another possible verb you can use, and it’s the verb suonare.

 

Now, what is the difference between these two verbs?

 

Giocare and suonare both translate as to play in English, but we use them in two different ways.

 

For instance, you cannot translte I play guitar as gioco la chitarra. You always have to keep in mind what are you talking about.

 

In particular, you need to remember if you’re talking about a sport or a game, or about a musical instrument.

 

Once you’re clear about it, you can choose between giocare and suonare more clearly.

 

Now, without any further ado, here is a video lesson to help you understand this difference. If you’re busy, you can check the explanation below the video.

 

Whether you decide to watch or read,¬†don’t forget to play the game at the end. ūüôā

 

PLAY IN ITALIAN

THE VERBS GIOCARE AND SUONARE

 

 

Here is how to conjugate the verb giocare in the presente indicativo.

 

(io) GIOCO

(tu) GIOCHI

(lui/lei/Lei) GIOCA

(noi) GIOCHIAMO

(voi) GIOCATE

(loro) GIOCANO

 

And here is how to conjugate the verb suonare in the presente indicativo.

 

(io) SUONO

(tu) SUONI

(lui/lei/Lei) SUONA

(noi) SUONIAMO

(voi) SUONATE

(loro) SUONANO

 

We use giocare to say that we play sports or games, like in these examples.

 

1) Alessia gioca a calcio.

      Alessia plays football

 

2) Chiara gioca a pallavolo.

      Chiara plays volleyball.

 

3) Io non gioco mai a carte.

      I never play cards.

 

On the other hand, we use suonare to say that we play a musical insturment. Like in these examples.

 

1) Franco suona la chitarra.

     Franco plays guitar.

 

2) Andrea e Luca suonano il piano.

     Andrea and Luca play the piano.

 

3) Suoni il violino o il flauto?

     Do you play the violin or do you play the flute?

 

Now that you know the difference between giocare and suonare, play the game below and have fun with them. ūüôā

 

LET’S PLAY

 

 

 

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Gloria Spagnoli
Gloria Spagnoli
I help beginners of Italian take their first steps, speak from day one and learn Italian at their pace and by having fun.