How to Talk about Sports and Hobbies in French

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to talk about sports and hobbies in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • the two idioms you must use: jouer à versus faire de
  • how to use jouer à
  • how to use faire de
  • ongoing versus habitual activities
  • how jouer à and faire de are used in sentences
  • how you can immediately test your knowledge on how to talk about sports and hobbies in French.
  • the way you can download Anki files for how to talk about sports and hobbies in French.

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how these idioms fit in French A1 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to talk about sports and hobbies in French!

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Sport and Hobbies in French: Jouer à versus Faire de

When talking about sports and hobbies in French, you will need to know two idioms:

  1. jouer à + (sport/hobby)
  2. faire de + (sport/hobby)

In French you can jouer (play) and faire (do) a sport/hobby.

For every sport/hobby there’s a set choice of the two idioms that you must choose.

So, one idiom can go only go with one sport/hobby.

In the following chapters you will find out which sport/hobby goes with which idiom.

Jouer à

Please take a look at how the idiom jouer à is used in French.

Je joue au tennis.

I play tennis.

Tu veux jouer aux échecs ?

Do you want to play chess?

Il joue au football.

He plays football.

[known as soccer in U.S English]

Nous jouons au basket-ball.

We play basketball.

Jouez-vous aux échecs ?

Do you play chess?

Ils jouent aux cartes.

They play cards.

Please don’t forget about contractions in French, à + le and à +les contract into au and aux.

Faire de

Please take a look at how the idiom faire de is used in French.

Je fais du sport.

I do sports.

Tu fais du ski ?

Do you ski?

Elle fait de la natation.

She swims. [on a regular basis]

Nous faisons du vélo tous les week-ends.

We cycle every weekend.

Faites-vous du sport ?

Do you do any sports?

Je fais de la voile.

I sail.

Please don’t forget about contractions in French, de + le and de +les contract into du and des.

Ongoing versus Habitual Activity

Can you tell the difference between the following examples?

Je danse.

I’m dancing.

Je fais de la dance.

I dance.

I do dancing.

In the first example, someone is in the middle of dancing. It is an ongoing activity.

In the second example, someone dances on a habitual basis.

When you use faire de (sport/hobby), you are refering to doing a sport or a hobby on a habitual basis.

Examples Sentences on How to Talk about Sports and Hobbies in French

The final section of this lesson on how to talk about sports and hobbies in French is about seeing the idioms in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to talk about sports and hobbies in French through examples.

Je joue au tennis.

I play tennis.

Je fais du sport.

I do sports.

Je danse.

I’m dancing.

Je fais de la dance.

I dance.

I do dancing.

Je joue aux jeux vidéo.

I play video games.

Je ne sais pas jouer aux échecs.

I don’t know how to play chess.

I can’t play chess.

Tu veux jouer aux échecs ?

Do you want to play chess?

Tu fais du ski ?

Do you ski?

Il joue au football.

He plays football.

[known as soccer in U.S English]

Elle fait de la natation.

She swims. [on a regular basis]

Nous jouons au basket-ball.

We play basketball.

Nous faisons du vélo tous les week-ends.

We cycle every weekend.

Jouez-vous aux échecs ?

Do you play chess?

Faites-vous du sport ?

Do you do any sports?

Je fais de la voile.

I sail.

Test Your Knowledge on How to Talk about Sports and Hobbies in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Talk about Sports and Hobbies in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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