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Free-Time Activity and Hobbies: 33 Phrases and How to Talk

Free-Time Activity and Hobbies

Talking about hobbies is an important part of any English language class. As with any starch, hobbies can contain a lot of specific terms, expressions, and idioms related to a particular hobby.


Let's get right into it.


Questions to ask someone about their hobbies

Here are several ways someone could ask you this question in your free-time activity and hobbies so let's take a look at them:

  1. What are your interests?
  2. What do you like to do in your free time?
  3. What do you like doing?
  4. What do you get up to in your free time?
  5. What do you like doing at the weekend?
  6. What do you like to do?
  7. Have you read any good books lately?
  8. Have you seen any good films recently?
  9. Have you got any favorite bands?
  10. What sort of hobbies do you have?
  11. What sort of music do you like?
  12. What sort of music do you listen to?
  13. Do you play any instruments?
  14. Do you have any hobbies?

Talking about things you like


Here are simple sentences in different ways to talking about things you like:


1. In my free time, I like to…

  • In my free time, I like to play football.
  • In my free time, I go swimming.
  • In my free time, I prefer to read.

2. At the weekend I like….

  • At the weekend I like to go fishing.
  • At the weekend I like cooking.
  • At the weekend I like to do the gardening.

3. I like to …

  • I like to go dancing.
  • I like to make wine.
  • I like to travel.

4. I like …

  • I like watching TV.
  • I like listening to music.
  • I like walking.

5. I quite like …

  • I quite like cooking.
  • I quite like playing chess.
  • I quite like yoga.

6. I really like …

  • I really like swimming.
  • I really like dancing.
  • I really like it.

7. I enjoy…

  • I enjoy drawing.
  • I enjoy hiking.
  • I enjoy going to the beach.

8. I love …

  • I love the cinema.
  • I love going out.
  • I love clubbing.

9. I support …

  • I support Manchester United.
  • I support Chelsea.
  • I support Liverpool .

 10. I am into …

(This means that you like something very much)
  • I am into comics.
  • I am into website design.
  • I'm into gaming.

11. When I have the time, I like to …

  • When I have the time, I like to go walking.
  • When I have the time, I like to take photographs.
  • When I have the time, I like to read books.

12. I'm interested in…

  • I'm interested in photography.
  • I'm interested in history.
  • I'm interested in languages.

13. I'm learning to play …

  • I'm learning to play the violin.
  • I'm learning to play football.
  • I'm learning to play basketball.

Talking about things you dislike


Here are simple sentences in different ways to talk about free-time activity and hobbies you don't like:

1. I don't like …

  • I don't like pubs.
  • I don't like noisy bars.
  • I don't like nightclubs.

2. I hate …

  • I hate shopping.
  • I hate playing American football.
  • I hate poling.

3. I can't stand …

  • I can't stand American football.
  • I can't stand camping.
  • I can't stand watching World Wrestling Entertainment.

Common phrases to talk about hobbies


Here are some English phrases which will be useful when talking about your free-time activity and hobbies.

  1. My favourite hobby is playing football.
  2. I like listening to Sharmoofers-music.
  3. At weekends I sometimes go to a shopping center or to the cinema.
  4. I listen to bands like ...
  5. I'm interested in walking.
  6. While listening to Sharmoofers I can get everything off my chest.
  7. In summer I like to go swimming.
  8. In winter I go skiing.
  9. I don’t like going to the beach because the sand gets everywhere in my clothes.
  10. I hate going to the gym because it’s too crowded but I like to workout outside or at home.
  11. I don't like hiking because I always get lost, I’d rather go to the gym.
  12. I don't like traveling too much because it’s expensive and stressful.
  13. I like visiting friends and talking about this and that.
  14. My friend and I do lots of jigsaw puzzles.
  15. Playing football is fun.
  16. One of my hobbies is writing letters to my pen-friends.
  17. I do some online work to earn a little money.
  18. Sometimes I read so much that I forget the housework.
  19. When the weather is bad, I read books or watch TV.
  20. I enjoy working on the computer.
  21. I got a new computer for my birthday.
  22. When I have free time, I love to travel.
  23. In my free time, I like to study English.
  24. I like to paint when I have time.
  25. Once a week I do some handball practice.
  26. I go training every evening.
  27. When it's not so hot, I go rollerskating.
  28. I want to tell you something about my family.
  29. I've got two older brothers.
  30. My mother works as a clerk in an office.
  31. When we are on holidays, I like walking in the mountains.
  32. On Saturdays I have to cook for the family.
  33. Now and then I do babysitting.Now and then I do babysitting.


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