"Katten hoppar och leker."
Translation:The cat is jumping and playing.
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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.
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
Can someone explain these endings in verbs, one ends on "ar" and other ends on "er". How do we know when we find some verb in infinite mode, and we wanna use it in sentence which one to use? Is it "ar" ending or "er"? is there some trick for that to learn, or you learn it by heart like genders here in swedish? Tack!