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/studylists/view/1188564


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

Examples and resources

Elle joue du violon.
She plays violin.


Je joue de la guitare.
I play the guitar.


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?


Q&A

Elise

Kwiziq community member

17 September 2017

3 replies

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?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

17 September 2017

17/09/17

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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2017

13/10/17

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

Bonne journée !

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2017

13/10/17

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

Bonne journée !

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