Hobbies and interests

You will study how to talk about hobbies and interests.


Hobbies and interests


Instructions: Read about leisure. Look at the underlined word.

Free time is time spent away from business, work, job hunting, domestic chores and education. It also excludes time spent on necessary activities such as eating and sleeping. From a research perspective, this approach has the advantages of being quantifiable and comparable over time and place. Leisure as experience usually emphasizes dimensions of perceived freedom and choice. It is done for “its own sake”, for the quality of experience and involvement. Because you like it!

A related concept is that of social leisure, which involves leisurely activities in a social setting, such as extracurricular activities. For instance, sports, clubs. Another related concept is that of family leisure. Relationships with others is usually a major factor in both satisfaction and choice.

Leisure. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leisure


Getting started: What do they like?

Instructions: Read the following texts:

Sally: Harry:
Well, mmm, I actually enjoy doing my things. Because of my father I really love playing the guitar, he taught me when I was a kid. I really like exotic food and I also like cooking. I always invite my friends and family to come over for dinner. I quite like surfing the net and playing video games. I’m more of an indoor kind of girl so I prefer to stay at home. I don’t really like camping and I don’t really like going to night clubs or to the movies with my friends. I really hate knitting and I don’t like board games. You may say I’m an outdoor kind of guy because I really love camping and taking pictures. I always take pictures of animals and flowers, even though I don’t like gardening. I also love playing soccer especially if I’m playing with my friends. When I go out with my girlfriend I really like going to the movies but not to museums. I also quite like cooking although I’m probably not that good. I really don’t like building models or collecting things.
What do they like?

Instructions: Choose T (true) or F (false).

She hates playing the guitar.

She really likes eating exotic food.

She doesn’t like playing video games.

She doesn’t really like going to the movies with her friends.

She likes board games.

He really does not like camping.

He really loves taking pictures.

He really likes going to the movies.

He loves going to the museums.

He doesn’t like to collect things.

Hobbies and interests

Let’s review some useful expressions and vocabulary to talk about hobbies and interests.

Instructions: Read about Likes and Dislikes.

Use the following structure to express what you like: Use the following structure to express what you dislike:

I + like + noun or ING form of the verb.
I like pistachios.
I like reading.

I + do not (don’t) + like + noun or ING form of the verb.
I don’t like soft drinks.
I don’t like reading.

Useful expressions

100% I really love
I love
I really like
I like
I quite like
50% I don’t mind
I don’t really like
I don’t like
I really don’t like
0% I hate


Drag and drop

Instructions: Drag and drop the words to make logical sentences.

really like I eating out
Italian food love I
pizza I like a lot
quite like pasta I
I Japanese food don’t mind
Chinese hate I food
don’t like I Argentinian food


Evaluation: Sally and Harry

Instructions: Click on each of the following pictures and listen to what they like and don’t like. Then drag the expressions to the corresponding column.

building models
taking pictures
playing soccer
surfing the net
eating exotic food
collecting things
board games
going to night clubs
going to the movies
playing the guitar
playing video games
going to the movies
going to museums