Let’s talk about the two different Spanish verbs for how to say to play in Spanish. Many beginners do not know that the Spanish language has two different words for the verb “to play”
How To Say To Play In Spanish
“Jugar” means to play as in to play a game, to play a sport, to play the lottery, or to do something without being serious.
Me gusta jugar al ajedrez.
(I like to play chess.)
Mi jefe lleva veinte años jugando a la lotería sin ganar ningún premio.
(For twenty years, my boss has played the lottery without winling a prize.)
No juegues conmigo, soy tu marido y merezco respeto.
(Don’t play with me, I am your husband and I deserve respect.)
“Tocar” means to play as in to play a musical instrument.
Mi esposa toca la guitarra.
My wife play the guitar.