Jugar vs Tocar [+12 Examples & Quiz]

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In this Spanish grammar lesson, you will learn about jugar vs tocar.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • jugar vs tocar
  • how jugar vs tocar are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on jugar vs tocar
  • how you can practice with flashcards on jugar vs tocar
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish

By the end of the lesson you will know all about jugar vs tocar!

Table of Contents

How to use Jugar

There is only one big way in which you can use jugar in Spanish.

  1. Use jugar to express that you play a [sport/game]

Here are some examples:

Juego a la lotería todas las semanas y nunca me ha tocado nada.

I play the lottery every week and I have never won anything.

¿Tú jugabas al baloncesto en el instituto?

Did you play basketball in high school? (you=tú)

Tu hijo se pasa todo el día jugando a la Playstation.

Your son spends all day playing Playstation.

¿Jugamos al Trivial?

Shall we play Trivia?

Please don’t forget that you have to put al/a la/a los/a las after jugar.

This is because you are actually saying:

  • jugar + a + el/la/los/las

The combination of a and el becomes del.

Please read the lesson on Spanish contractions again if you need a refresher on this topic.

How to use Tocar

There are four big ways in which you can use tocar in Spanish.

  1. Use tocar to express that you play an instrument

Here are some examples:

De pequeña yo sabía tocar el piano, pero me he olvidado.

When I was a child I was able to play the piano, but I have forgotten it.

Mi hija está aprendiendo a tocar la guitarra.

My daughter is learning to play the guitar.

  1. Use tocar to express that you play a genre of music

Here are some examples:

Me encanta tocar música rock.

I love to play rock music.

Él odia tocar blues.

He hates to play the blues.

  1. Use tocar to express “to touch” someone or something

Here are some examples:

Toca esta manta, es muy suave.

Touch this blanket, it’s very soft.

María nos ha traído esta tarta. Por favor no la toquéis, es para esta noche.

Maria has brought us this cake. Please don’t touch it, it’s for tonight.

Voy a tocar el fondo de la piscina con las manos.

I’m going to touch the pool floor with my hands.

  1. Use tocar to express “to win” something

Here are some examples:

Me ha tocado la lotería.

I have won the lottery.

Example Sentences on Jugar vs Tocar

This section of the lesson on jugar vs tocar is about seeing the idioms used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of jugar vs tocar through examples.

Juego a la lotería todas las semanas y nunca me ha tocado nada.

I play the lottery every week and I have never won anything.

¿Tú jugabas al baloncesto en el instituto?

Did you play basketball in high school? (you=tú)

Tu hijo se pasa todo el día jugando a la Playstation.

Your son spends all day playing Playstation.

¿Jugamos al Trivial?

Shall we play Trivia?

De pequeña yo sabía tocar el piano, pero me he olvidado.

When I was a child I was able to play the piano, but I have forgotten it.

Mi hija está aprendiendo a tocar la guitarra.

My daughter is learning to play the guitar.

Me encanta tocar música rock.

I love to play rock music.

Él odia tocar blues.

He hates to play the blues.

Toca esta manta, es muy suave.

Touch this blanket, it’s very soft.

María nos ha traído esta tarta. Por favor no la toquéis, es para esta noche.

Maria has brought us this cake. Please don’t touch it, it’s for tonight.

Voy a tocar el fondo de la piscina con las manos.

I’m going to touch the pool floor with my hands.

Me ha tocado la lotería.

I have won the lottery.

Quiz Yourself on Jugar vs Tocar

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

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

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!

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