Jouer de = to play an instrument

Look at these examples:

Je joue de la guitare.
I play the guitar.

Elle joue du violon.
She plays violin.

Nous jouons de la trompette.
We play the trumpet.

To say you play an instrument in French, you must use:
jouer de + definite article (le/la/l'/les) + [instrument].

 
Remember that le and les will contract with de and become du and des. 
La and l' will become de la and de l'.


Here is a link to our vocabulary list on music instruments:
https://french.kwiziq.com/learn/theme/1188564


See also Faire de, jouer à : talking about sports, hobbies and leisure activities

Examples and resources

Nous jouons de la trompette.
We play the trumpet.


Ils jouent de la batterie.
They play drums.


Tu joues de la flûte?
Do you play flute?


Elle joue du violon.
She plays violin.


Je joue de la guitare.
I play the guitar.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 3 answers

Gender of instruments?

In these examples, instruments that end in -e are feminine while those that don't are masculine. Does this usually hold true?
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Bonjour Elise !

It is indeed generally the case, except for a few exceptions (as usual!):
le saxophone, le violoncelle (cello), l'orgue (organ), and le trombone.

Have a look at our vocabulary list of music instruments (whose link I have now added to this lesson):
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564">https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564">https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564">https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564

Bonne journée !
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Bonjour Elise !

It is indeed generally the case, except for a few exceptions (as usual!):
le saxophone, le violoncelle (cello), l'orgue (organ), and le trombone.

Have a look at our vocabulary list of music instruments (whose link I have now added to this lesson):
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564">https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564">https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564">https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/studylists/view/1188564

Bonne journée !
RonC1
Bonsoir Elise, While your observation appears to be true about musical instruments, it also holds true for many countries, regions etc. Keeping that in mind, here is a site link that gives many musical instruments in English with the French counterpart name and gender (noted by the use of le, la, les and l'. http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/phrase_book/en/music.html While I am not familiar with this resource, a quick read seems to be correct. J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera. Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet

Gender of instruments?

In these examples, instruments that end in -e are feminine while those that don't are masculine. Does this usually hold true?

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