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In this lesson, you can learn about how to talk about your free time and hobbies in English.
What do you like doing in your free time? Do you have any interesting hobbies? Talking
about your free time is a great way to start a conversation in English, or to find things
in common when you’re speaking to somebody. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able
to speak clearly and naturally about your free time and your hobbies in English. Part one: free time and hobbies vocabulary.
What words do you know for free time activities in English? Some people prefer things you
can do at home, like watching TV, reading, or cooking. Other people like sports, like
playing football, playing basketball, playing tennis, going swimming, going jogging, or
going climbing, or maybe doing boxing, doing judo, or doing yoga. Of course, many people prefer more social
activities, for example, hanging out with your friends, relaxing with your family, or
going shopping. Or maybe you like to do something more creative, like taking photos, painting,
or writing stories or writing a blog. What about you? What kind of free time activities
do you prefer? Let’s look at how you can talk about free time activities and hobbies which
you like. Part two: what do you like doing? In my free
time, I like . . . What could you say here? “In my free time, I like playing basketball.”
“In my free time, I like relaxing with my family.” “In my free time, I like reading
books.” Can you see a pattern here? In every sentence, after ‘like,’ we use a verb plus
-ing. Can you make a sentence? What do you like doing in your free time? But just using
‘like’ can be repetitive and boring. So what other verbs can you use? Well, you could use verbs like ‘love’, ‘enjoy’,
or ‘hate’. For example: “I love going swimming.” “I enjoy watching TV.” “I hate going shopping.”
Can you see the same pattern? After all of these verbs, you need to use a verb with -ing.
You can also add words like ‘really’, ‘sometimes’, or ‘absolutely’, to make your meaning stronger
or weaker. For example: “I really like taking photos.” “Sometimes I enjoy going jogging.”
“I absolutely hate playing football.” Now it’s your turn. What can you say? Can
you make your own sentences? OK, so now you can say something about what you like or don’t
like doing. Let’s look at how you can add more details to your ideas. First, let’s say
how often you do your free time activity. For example: “I like playing sport. I play
football every Tuesday evening.” “I absolutely hate going shopping. I only go shopping once
or twice a year.” “I really like taking photos, but I don’t get the chance to do it often.”
What about you? How often do you do your hobbies? You can use these phrases to help you talk.
‘Every . . .’ For example: ‘every weekend’, ‘every Saturday afternoon’, ‘every day’. ‘Once
or twice a . . .’, for example: ‘once a week’, ‘twice a month’, ‘three times a year’, and
so on. Can you make some sentences like this about your free time and hobbies? How often
do you do your hobbies? Next, let’s add some details about where you
do your hobby or free time activity. For example: “I like playing sport. I play football every
Tuesday evening at the park near my house.” “I enjoy having coffee with my friends. We
go to a cafe in the city center once or twice a week.” “I really like taking wildlife photos
in the forest, but I don’t get the chance to do it often.” You can see that our answers are getting more
detailed. When you speak, you should always try to add some details to your ideas, like
this. It will make your English sound more interesting and more natural. What about you?
Can you add some details like these to your sentences? Pause the video. Practice. Try
to make some sentences. Say them out loud. Practice a little bit. OK. next, let’s look at giving background
information, especially if you have an interesting or an unusual hobby. You can talk about when
and why you started doing it. For example, “I started playing tennis when I was 10.”
“I’ve been learning to paint for six months now.” “I decided to do yoga because I wanted
to be healthy.” “My French friend got me into climbing.” In the last sentence, the phrase,
“My friend got me into something,” means that your friend introduced this activity to you,
and now you like it. What can you say about your hobby? Can you
use some of these phrases to talk about yourself? For example, I started climbing when I was
living in Russia. I’ve been climbing for about eight years. I also recently decided to do
yoga because I wanted to be more flexible. When I was younger, my dad got me into photography.
What about you? What are your examples? Finally, let’s look at how you can add some
descriptive words to say why you do or don’t enjoy something. For example, “I like climbing
because it’s really exciting.” “I love doing yoga because it’s so relaxing.” “I really
like writing stories because it’s creative, and I like using my imagination.” You can
also use negative adjectives to talk about things you don’t like. For example, “I don’t
like going jogging because it’s tiring.” “I hate watching TV because I find it boring.”
“I’ve been trying to learn to paint, but it’s too hard.” Why do you like your hobbies? What
are some activities you don’t like doing? Can you say why you don’t like them? Try to make some sentences and practice using
this language. OK, now it’s your turn to speak. Let’s try using everything we’ve looked at
to make a longer answer. For example, “I really like playing tennis. I play every weekend
at the park near my house. Sometimes I play with my brother, or sometimes with a friend.
My brother got me into it because he loves sports, and he needed someone to play with.
I didn’t like it at first because it was hard, and I lost all the time. But now, I enjoy
it, especially when I beat my brother.” OK, let’s do one more sample answer. “I love
taking photos. Once or twice a month, I go to different areas of the city and look for
interesting pictures to take. I’ve been interested in photography since I was young, when my
dad got me a camera for my birthday. I like it because it’s creative, and I can express
myself through my pictures. Anyone can use a camera, but you need to use your imagination
to find good pictures.” Now, can you talk about your free time? What
do you like doing? Where do you go, and how often? When did you start doing this hobby,
and why? And, why do you like or, perhaps, dislike this activity? Try to talk for at
least 30 seconds. Give lots of details. Add details to make your answer more interesting. OK, that’s the end of the lesson. Thanks very
much for watching. I hope you learned something about how to talk about your free time in
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