How to Talk About Your Free Time and Hobbies in English – Spoken English Lesson

Hello, I’m Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English!
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
English. You can see more free lessons on our website,
But that’s all, thanks again. See you next time! Bye bye.

100 thoughts on “How to Talk About Your Free Time and Hobbies in English – Spoken English Lesson”

  1. thank you very much,!!! excelent way of learning how to talk about hobbies because it teachs us step by step, and the explanations are very clear. have a great day.!

  2. المزيد المزيد من هذه الفديوهات الجميلة المترجمة بالعربية
    رائعة الترجمة بالعربية …واصل …شكرا

  3. In my free time I like doing Wim Hoff breathing technique and then taking a cold shower :))) Isn't it a strange hobby?

  4. I like reading a book in my room alone. I don't like reading in other places like the library, cafe etc. But in my room, there is no other person, no noise, no distracting things. I like Charles dickens's the great expectations, it's such a beautiful love story.

  5. What i enjoy the most in my spare time is to hang out with my friends and family and also with my dog. I'm keeon reading as well, and a few months ago i took up yoga which makes me feel relaxed. 🙂

  6. i love playing football. i playing football every tuesday or thursday evening at Khoa hoc stadium near vincom Hue

  7. I really like doing zumba dance in my free time …i do it almst every day ..its very interesting and effective too bcz it keeps me fit . At first i didnt like much but after time passed now it has became one of my favourite hobby.

  8. could u plz tell me if i like one movie nd i m wishing that i had got this movie how would i say this in conditional sentence1. if i say i wish i had got this movie would it be correct nd the 2nd i wish i was an actress in this movie would these sentence be correct??

  9. Really when I have free time I usually stay in home and I am in my school Holliday but I waste my time for watching YouTube
    So how I can be creative boy ?

  10. In my free time, I really enjoy reading book. I read everyday, usually is afternoon or evening. Especially, on holiday, sometimes weekend, I spend much time reading. I started it when I was fourteen. I didn't like it at first, because it was boring and I must try to keep patience, but now I love it,for it is so interesting and useful for me.

  11. Like all of the others i do have some hobbies as well. But due to hectic routine nowadays it’s really hard to find some free time for me. I like to go to some interesting places with my friends, such as going to Beach or hiking to the top of a mountain. We spend the whole day there gossiping and eating our favorite food. We remind interested incidents that have happened in our lives. Perhaps we have a lot of fun out there.
    I think spending time staying home inside is quite boring so I usually go for shopping and find new things for me and my family.
    Gym and exercise is good for health and fitness. I used to do this as well in my free times.

  12. Hello oli!
    Your teaching way and selected topics are really too much understandable and helpful for improving English speaking..
    Thanks so much. Plz keep it up continue and bring new ideas for English speaking course…. Thanks

  13. in my free time
    ( I like cooking and Sometimes swimming in my home )

    (I really hate reading any books)

  14. Thank you so much.this is the best way to learning english.i really appreciate you.i learned more think from your video.❤❤

  15. I like doing exercise. I do it at home, three times per week to get more healthy. I spend thirty minutes or forty minutes to practice each time. I also like learning English from OOE, it helps me improve English and learn more something in English.
    thank you and appreciate what you have done.

  16. Can u tell me one thing
    If I receive a call nd I ask who is it
    thn from caller side he will tell his name but I don't him
    As if caller says I m aniket but I don't know any person by name aniket then how can I ask?

  17. I like playing the guitar. I play it every day in my free times. I started to learn the guitar when I was fifteen years old. My father got me into it because he wanted me to learn a musical instrument. I didn't like it at first, because I found it boring, but some days later I played it very well and I'm very happy now. My best dream is to be a very famous guitar player and singer 😀

  18. I like reading books at least twice a week at home. I've been doing this for almost 5 years. I'm more interested in books that talks about psychology, astrology, history, religion and phylosophy. Besides, I find it really intertaining to read novels and poems. I will always find a time to do this hobby because it develops the brain, get more informations, find answers, learning new languages and improve my vucabulary, also, it stimulates my imagination to form the characters of the stories and their envirenement. I like sharing and disscussing my books with friends. Reading books helps me a lot in boosting my self-confidence by participating in reading challanges. It's so amazing but sometimes I hardly can find books that suits my interests.

  19. Excellent way to tell our hobbies
    Specially when interviewer asking this kind of Questions
    this really helpful for me 😊
    Thanks 🙏

  20. In my free time, i enjoy shoping with my friends. We are go to a market near our house once a month.

  21. Many thanks for you..have you Facebook..if so..send me ur link to add it…perfect teacher..god blessed you

  22. In my free time, I listening to music, I love going swimming. Sometimes, I enjoy going jogging. I really like it, because It's help me relaxing.

  23. My hobby is go to cafe center with my husband or with my sister in law during that time I speak lot and I share my feelings

  24. I love you very much. The lesson is presented very easily to understand. I learned a lot things from this lesson. Thank you so much 😊

  25. Thanks a lot. Your lesson help me very much. This is my work
    I love music so much. In my spare time, I spend as much as I can playing piano. Sometimes I play with my friends as a band in my garage. I have been playing this musical for two years. I did not like it at first because it was too difficult and I lost all the time, but now I enjoy it. Especially I can play fluently some popular songs.

  26. In my spare time I like relaxing with my family once a week we went for outing some where like park, movie or for dinner with family, I didn't like to go for shopping because its consume more time and very tiring

  27. i enjoy cooking and i usually help my mom to prepare for meals everyday. when i was five_year old child and living with my grandmother, she got me into cooking because she wanted me to be independent and flexible when i grew up though i was a little young at that time. i really like cooking because it's interesting and i feel happy when there is someone praising me for my delicious food

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