https://www.duolingo.com/acbishop19

What is the difference between spiller and leger in Danish?

Duolingo and Google Translate both define them as play (verb not noun). What's the difference both in usage and definition?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/IanEvison

Briefly: You "spiller" a violin. And children "leger" with toys,. Just read a great article about a soccer coach for small children that exemplified the difference very well. He said that his approach with the very young children was to make learning soccer "play" for them, that is to say he taught them to truly "leger fodbold" as opposed to "spill fodbold". Here the usual thing is to say "spill fodbold" but he was making a point about his approach to coaching 3 year olds at soccer (and having tried to do that myself, I officially let him use for it ANY words he wants....)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Poulpoul

Note that they can also be used more figuratively as 'pretend' or 'act'.

The only exception to the rule on the structured/unstructured games (spille/lege), is the Danish word for the Olympic Games which is 'De Olympiske Lege'. The swedes have it right though: 'Olympiska Spelen'

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanEvison

Really odd that it is "de Olympiske Lege". Thanks for that though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I believe leger is unstructured play (such as running around in a playground) and spillar is structured (chess).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Atcovi

I can confirm she's right btw

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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He?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/acbishop19

Thanks! That was super helpful!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ecalmar
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"spiller" is like a game with for example cards. "leger" is when children plays with toy

1 year ago
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