"Я люблю грати на піаніно."

Translation:I like playing the piano.

May 22, 2015

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Do all sports use у and all musical instruments use на?


I can't think of a specific rule, but I couldn't remember an exception, so I would say yes


What is good meaning for на?


"На" = "on": на столі = on the table


Is піаніно any kind of piano? As in small piano and grand piano? Or is it only for small pianos?


But it's worth pointing out that this particular sentence - Я люблю грати на піаніно, - means that you like to play piano in general. Any kind of piano, not just a small one. Unless they are professional musicians, people normally don't differentiate between a small or a grand piano. Even though it's not technically correct, to regular folks any kind of piano is just піаніно :)


Thank you. We also call small pianos "pianino", but a large would be… "fortepian". We don't have a simple word for both that I know.


Yes, піаніно is a smaller piano, whereas grand piano is called рояль. There is another word - фортепіано, - which is a more generic term for any type of piano, both small and grand.

You might find these Wikipedia pages helpful:





Why is called "піаніно" if a pianino is a very specific type of piano? Is it just a single translation that caught on before other forms of "piano," or does "піано" not exist in Ukrainian?


Піано doesn't exist in Ukrainian as the name of a musical instrument. It is only used as a term to describe how one is supposed to play a certain place of the musical piece, along with other such terms like pianissimo, forte, fortissimo, lento, allegro etc.

We use піаніно or фортепіано for any kind of piano. Піаніно is more colloquial, I would say.


I know nothing about this instruments, but according to Wikipedia, piano (фортепіано) is the collective term for all instruments of this kind. Grand piano (рояль) is a configuration with the horizontal frame and strings. Upright piano (піаніно) is a configuration with the vertical frame and strings.

I have extended the alternative translations to accept "upright piano," but I'm not sure if this is the most widespread term.

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