English vocabulary: learn to talk about your free time
Here are some ways to talk about what your hobbies, interests and favourite sports in English.
Saying what you like
like + noun / ing form
I like tennis / I like playing tennis
love + noun / ing form
He loves football / He loves watching football
be keen on + noun / ing form
She's keen on the cinema / going to the cinema
enjoy + noun / ing form
We enjoy sports / playing sports
For more phrases to talk about your hobbies, see our page Talking about your hobbies in English
Remember: I like (+ ing / noun) is for general likes.
I like going to the cinema.
I'd like + verb is for a specific occasion:
I'd like to go to the cinema next weekend.
You can add "very much" at the end of the sentence.
I like tennis.
I like tennis very much.
You can add "at all" to a negative sentence if you don't like something.
I don't like cricket.
I don't like cricket at all.
Talking about your hobby
Use adverbs of frequency (always, sometimes, rarely etc) or another phrase to talk about how often or when you do your hobby.
I only watch football at the weekends.
I go to the gym four times a week.
I don't often have time to socialise with friends.
You can say why you like your hobby by describing it with an -ing adjective.
I like swimming because it's relaxing.
Watching football is exciting.
It's interesting to surf the net.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I spend a lot of time going to discos with my friends.
Are you keen on sports?
Yes, I love playing tennis in summer.
Are you a sports fan?
Not really. I prefer relaxing with friends in a restaurant.
Do you like going to restaurants?
Not much. I prefer cooking at home.
These hobbies are popular with British people.
Entertaining friends (when friends come to your house for dinner, etc)
Listening to music
Going to the pub
Going to a restaurant
Going for a drive
Going for a walk
DIY (doing DIY = doing home-improvement activities)
Photography / Taking photographs
Surfing the net
Here is some vocabulary for different sports.
Using play, do and go
When we talk about our hobbies, we can use the verbs play, do, or go.
My sister plays tennis every weekend.
My brother likes doing DIY.
I go swimming three times a week.
Play + sport / game
play football / play video games / play chess
Do + hobby / individual sport
do DIY, do judo
Go + activity
go swimming, go fishing
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