Leisure time and hobbies


  • 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.

You can:
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
relax, sleep
send e-mails to penfriends, chat on the Internet, text (= send text messages)
ride a bike, drive a car
learn / prepare for school
travel, hike
walk our / my dog, care for / take care of our / my cat
exercise regularly
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

Sentence examples:
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.