In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about your free time. What do you like doing in your free time? Do you have any interesting hobbies? Talking about free time and hobbies is a good way to start a conversation, or find things in common when you speak to others in English. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to talk naturally and clearly about your free time and hobbies.
In the last sentence, my friend got me into… means that your friend introduced an 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?
I started ________ when I was ________.
I’ve been ________ for ________.
I decided to ________ because I wanted to ________.
________ got me into ________.
6. Describing Your Hobbies
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 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. I find it boring.
I’ve been trying to learn to paint, but it’s too hard.
Why do you like your hobbies? What do you dislike doing in your free time, and why? Try to find some adjectives to describe your hobbies.
7. Your Turn to Speak!
Now, let’s try using everything we’ve learned to make a longer answer.
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!
Let’s look at 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?
Where do you go, and how often?
When and why did you start doing your hobby?
Why do you like it?
Try to talk for at least 30 seconds, and give lots of details!