Everyone has some kind of hobby or something they like to do in their free time. Some people like to learn foreign languages, some like to paint or draw, but it can also be something simple like watching movies or TV series, or playing video games. There are many different hobbies we could get involved in; they add fun and variety to our lives.
Today we’ll talk about hobbies and learn some of the English words associated with this subject. After all, hobbies are an important discussion topic in the English language, so you should know some related vocabulary and questions (especially if you’re an ESL student). Let’s go!
Names of common hobbies
First, let’s share a full list of hobbies that are popular and common in English speaking countries:
Talking about hobbies and what people like to do in their free time is an excellent way to get to know others and tell them about your favorite things to do – in English. If you’re interested in business English, for example, then chit chat is expected, and what better to chat about than your hobbies?
How to ask others about their hobbies
You have probably seen these three questions in textbooks. The fact is, though, that the word “hobby” isn’t used very much in conversational speech. Instead, you may be asked:
How to tell others about your hobbies
In order to tell others about your hobbies in English, you can use one of the grammatical structures below:
If you would like to say that you thoroughly enjoy doing something – that it is one of your favorite things – you can add the word “really” after “I” (or the form of “to be” if this is used in the sentence).
For example: I really like playing tennis. We are really fond of skydiving.
If you do not want to speak about a specific activity or hobby, you can use this phrase: I like hanging out with my friends and stuff like that.
What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?