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How to talk about hobbies in English!

After this English video lesson, you’ll know how to talk about hobbies confidently in English!

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Lesson order

• First, you’re going to learn some useful language for the video.
• Then, you’re going to watch a video with two people talking about this topic. This will help you remember the language.
• Finally, you’re going to answer some questions on the subject so you can practise speaking about it. Ready? OK, let’s go!

Hobby

A “hobby” is something you like doing in your free time: painting, reading, video editing, music…
“Her hobbies are tennis, football, skiing and magic.”

Spare time

Your “spare time” is the time when you aren’t working or doing other things. It’s the same as “free time”.
“What do you like to do in your spare time?”

Enjoy

If you “enjoy” doing something, you really like doing it.
“I really enjoy cooking meals for other people.”

Experience

If you’ve got “experience” doing something, you’ve done it before and learnt how to do it through practice.
“I’ve got a bit of experience fixing cars as I used to work in my mum’s garage.”

Pick up

If you “pick up” knowledge, language or information, you learn it.
“I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years.”

Make you feel good

If something “makes you feel good”, you feel very positive when you do it.
“Helping out at the volunteer centre makes me feel good.

Teach someone how to do something

If you “teach someone how to do something”, you show them how to do it.
“My uncle taught me how to cook six basic meals, which I’ve used all my life.”

Questions

Now, you’re going to watch a video with two people talking about the topic. Watch it and answer the questions.

1. Why does Kennedy enjoy cooking?
2. What type of food does she like?
3. Where is she hoping to pick up some tricks?
4. Which family member helps Nayeli with her cooking?
5. What does Kennedy like to cook?
6. Who does she like cooking for?
7. Who taught her to cook?

Answers

Here are the answers:
1. Why does Kennedy enjoy cooking?
Kennedy enjoys cooking because it calms her down.

2. What type of food does she like?
She likes Italian food.

3. Where is she hoping to pick up some tricks?
She’s hoping to pick up some tricks in Tuscany, Italy.

4. Which family member helps Nayeli with her cooking?
Nayeli’s uncle helps her with her cooking.

5. What does Kennedy like to cook?
Kennedy likes to make tacos.

6. Who does she like cooking for?
She likes cooking for her family.

7. Who taught her how to cook?
Her dad taught her how to cook.

Now, watch the video and read the script at the same time to develop your listening skills.

Speaking

Now it’s your turn! See if you can answer these questions about the topic. Good luck!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What are some of your hobbies?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
What have you got some experience doing?
What tricks have you picked up over the years?
What makes you feel good about yourself?
Who was the last person who taught you how to do something? What was it?

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