Two ways to play in Spanish

Two ways to play in Spanish

Did you know Spanish has a different word for playing an instrument as opposed to playing a sport?

In English we talk about playing sports and games and we also talk about playing music.

Spanish has a different verb for each one. To play a game or a sport the verb is jugar, for example:

Jugar béisbol (To play baseball)

Jugar cartas (To play cards)

Jugar por dinero (To play for money)

Jugar means to play when you are talking about games or sport… but music isn’t a game or a sport.

It’s art.

It’s fun

It’s connection.

It’s relaxing.

It gets the fiesta started.

But it’s not a game.

So it has a different verb.

The verb to use is tocar, which means to play (an instrument).

tocar un instrumento

tocar la guitarra

tocar el piano

Here’s how you can burn the verb tocar into your brain and make it forever part of your Spanish-speaking repertoire.

Just speak to learn with the video #2 on the link below of my new series “Spanish life, love and music” on the link below and you’ll be talking in flowing sentences about playing the guitar, the harmonica and the piano.

By the way the video lesson is designed to plug right into your Synergy Spanish. The video puts your Synergy Verbs, Brick Verbs and Mortar Words into real life conversations around music.

Free Video #2: Spanish Life, Love and Music


Leave A Reply (5 comments so far)

  1. Rob Elliott
    3 months ago

    I’ve only just started to learn Spanish having bought a property in Almeria but I also play guitar. So to remember tocar la guitarra the mnemonic I use is Bach’s Toccata.

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  2. Paul
    4 months ago

    You make it so simple Marcus, I have been struggling for years with books on learning Spanish but this makes it really easy. Of course you have to put a bit of effort in but the reward seems to come easier.

  3. Paul
    4 months ago

    You make it so easy to follow Marcus, this is a really great way to get started in learning Spanish.

  4. Consance
    8 months ago

    I really enjoy these audio and video lessons such that when I don’t listen or watch any of them a day its like I have just wasted that day. I am three weeks old here in Spain but I can assure you that these lessons are really helping me improve on daily bases. Thanks alot , its quite unfortunate that I can’t afford to buy More video lessons, all the same am really greatful. Thanks Mr Marcus and co.