The English word "play" covers both "spelar" and "leker" in Swedish, but there's a difference in meaning between those two words. leker is used for free games without rules. spelar is used for playing musical instruments, games you can win or lose at, all games with rules.
So no, it's not at all natural to say that the cat spelar, quite the opposite.
That would be "Katter hoppar och leker."
Edit: typo leger->leker (Danish to Swedish)
Does anyone know if "leker" is related to the English colloquial verb "lark"? My OED says 'origin uncertain' - very helpful!
I think most UK English speakers would use it or be familiar with it - I'm not aware of it being a regional thing. It means to play or mess about (larking about), and also gets used as a noun in sentences like "I've had enough of this cleaning lark" = this cleaning nonsense (roughly). I found this after asking the question: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0=larking
I'm from Lincolnshire and not heard this so I think it may be regional. I have heard malarkey though which I imagine maybe related somehow
Ive never heard of leker before, and for some reason it made me guess on it from an audio recording...
I think it would be right the cat is jumping and playing not like here: cat is jumping and plays. You used the wrong word. • The cat is jumping and plays. • The cat jumps and plays.
The default is "The cat jumps and plays", but we accept every combination - it's obvious what was meant regardless of how idiomatic the English turns out.
Right, you changed the order of jumping and playing. We ask you to please stick to the order they appear, since 1) there might be cases where mixing them up may actually be confusing, and 2) allowing both orders everywhere would be an absolutely massive workload.
yes, I mixed to words here but not in the test. I wanted to point out that as I understand you can use one option at once not different forms. You cannot put in one sentence "is playing" and "jumps" It has to be "is jumping and playing" or "jumps and plays", isn't it?