Games, Sports, Hobbies

Games and sports in Italian
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Even if you love working on your Italian, sometimes you just need to play! Learn the Italian equivalents of your favorite games, sports, and hobbies and the verbs to use with them.

You can use these words with verbs like piacersi and odiare, or if you want to say that you do or play that item, use it with the verb in the third column. The fourth column has verbs that can be used alone to talk about doing that item, e.g., cucinare which means "to cook."

English   Italian Use with Or use
basketball   il pallacanestro giocare
biking   il ciclismo fare andare in bicicletta
chess   gli scacchi giocare
cooking   la cucina   cucinare
dancing   la danza ballare
fishing   la pesca andare a pescare
football   il calcio americano giocare
gardening   il giardinaggio fare  
hiking   il escursionismo fare camminare
hunting   la caccia andare a cacciare
jogging   il jogging fare correre
a movie   un film vedere andare al cinema
music   la musica ascoltare suonare uno strumento
reading   la lettura leggere
sailing   la vela andare navigare
skiing   lo sci sciare
soccer   la caccia giocare
swimming   il bagno fare nuotare
television   la TV [tee voo] guardare
tennis   il tennis giocare
volleyball   il pallavolo giocare  
wrestling   la lotta fare lottare

 The Italian verbs above are used to talk about playing or doing that activity, but of course you can also use verbs like piacersi (to like), volere (to want to), and odiare (to hate) with them.

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