- What can people do in their leisure time (= free time)? Give examples of various hobbies, interests and leisure time activities.
- Why are hobbies and leisure activities important for the people?
- What do you do in your free time? What are your hobbies? How do you relax?
- How often do you do your hobbies? Where do you do them? What do you need to do them? Why do you do them?
- Did your hobbies and interests change while you were growing up? Speak briefly about the history of your hobbies and interests.
go in for sports (věnovat se sportu)
spend time doing st.
do a hobby
What are hobbies and interests like?
interesting / boring
strange, extraordinary / ordinary
useful / useless
expensive / cheap
dangerous / safe
time-consuming / easy to do
energetic, active / lazy
social / lonely (společenský / samotářský)
quiet / noisy
relaxing / tiring
exciting / dull
indoor / outdoor
What can we do?
collect: stamps, coins, beer mats
sports, football, chess, basketball, PC games
the guitar, the piano, a musical instrument
in a band
swimming, skiing, fishing, for a walk, jogging, cycling, trekking
to a concert, to a disco, to the cinema, to the theatre, to the pub, out with friends, to a party, to the library
shopping, gardening, needlework, painting
athletics, judo, bodybuilding
listen: to music, to the radio
watch: TV, a film, a video
keep: a pet, dogs, goldfish
visit: friends, castles
take: photos, the guitar lessons, exercise
learn: to sing, to paint, to write PC programs
attend: a course of photography, evening classes, dancing lessons, a driving course
read: books, newspapers, magazines
write: letters, stories, music, PC programs
make: models of planes, films. clothes
What else can we do?
sing, dance, act
send e-mails to penfriends, chat on the Internet, text (= send text messages)
ride a bike, drive a car
learn / prepare for school
walk our / my dog, care for / take care of our / my cat
give parties / give Maths lessons
do crosswords, solve / do / play sudoku
While doing a hobby people can
- relax / enjoy themselves
- improve their health
- build their body
- train their mind
- get or improve their knowledge
- get or improve their skills
- create beautiful / useful things
- meet other people / contact new people
Sports are my life. Music is my life.
Start a hobby / take up a hobby :
When I was 10 years old, I started / took up collecting stamp.
Continue / go on / carry on a hobby:
I continued / went on / carried on collecting stamps until I was 15.
Stop / give up a hobby:
I stopped / gave up collecting stamps when I was 15, because …
I joined a chess club in 1998 / when I was 12 years old.
I have been playing chess until now.
In the future, I´d like to learn writing PC programs. / I´d love to start collecting coins.
I am planning to start collecting stamps. I am going to start collecting stamps.
be interested in: I am interested in history.
be crazy about: He is crazy about racing cars.
like: My mother likes gardening. My father likes playing chess very much.
enjoy: We enjoy going to parties.
love: She loves painting.
don´t / doesn´t mind: I don´t mind helping at home.
dislike / don´t like: I dislike / don´t like learning for school.
can´t stand: I can´t stand shopping in supermarkets.
hate: She hates getting up early.
prefer: I prefer football to chess. She prefers swimming to skiing.