Romanian language lesson: About sport (despre sport)

Let’s learn some names of sports in Romanian.


fotbal – engl. football

tenis de câmp – engl. lawn tennis

tenis de masă – engl. table tennis

golf – engl. golf

ciclism – engl. cycling

atletism – engl. athletics

volei – engl. volley‑ball

handbal – engl. handball

rugbi – engl. rugby

baschet – engl. basket‑ball

polo pe apă – engl. water polo

box – engl. boxing

schi – engl. ski

patinaj – engl. skating

alpinism – engl. mountaineering

înot – engl. swimming


If the sport has an instrument (like a ball, for instance), the verb used in front of this names of sports is “to play” (a juca).

Example: Eu joc fotbal / tenis / baschet (I play football / tennis / basket‑ball).

The verb “a juca” (to play) has the following forms in the Present:

eu joc, tu joci, el / ea joacă, noi jucăm, voi jucați, ei / ele joacă.

In all the other situations the verb used is the verb “to do” (a face)

Example: Eu fac schi / înot (I do ski / swimming)

The verb “a face” (to do) has the following forms in the Present:

eu fac, tu faci, el / ea face, noi facem, voi faceți, ei / ele fac.

The general phrase “I do sport” is formed with the verb “to do”:

Eu fac sport (I do sport)

Mona Pologea, Ph.D. Linguist

Managing Director ROLANG School

Romania Insider
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