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  • Hello, I'm Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English! In this lesson, you can learn about how to

  • talk about your free time and hobbies in English. What do you like doing in your free time?

  • Do you have any interesting hobbies? Talking about your free time is a great way to start

  • a conversation in English, or to find things in common when you're speaking to somebody.

  • By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to speak clearly and naturally about your

  • free time and your hobbies in English.

  • Part one: free time and hobbies vocabulary. What words do you know for free time activities

  • in English? Some people prefer things you can do at home, like watching TV, reading,

  • or cooking. Other people like sports, like playing football, playing basketball, playing

  • tennis, going swimming, going jogging, or going climbing, or maybe doing boxing, doing

  • judo, or doing yoga.

  • Of course, many people prefer more social activities, for example, hanging out with

  • your friends, relaxing with your family, or going shopping. Or maybe you like to do something

  • more creative, like taking photos, painting, or writing stories or writing a blog. What

  • about you? What kind of free time activities do you prefer? Let's look at how you can talk

  • about free time activities and hobbies which you like.

  • Part two: what do you like doing? In my free time, I like . . . What could you say here?

  • "In my free time, I like playing basketball." "In my free time, I like relaxing with my

  • family." "In my free time, I like reading books." Can you see a pattern here? In every

  • sentence, after 'like,' we use a verb plus -ing. Can you make a sentence? What do you

  • like doing in your free time? But just using 'like' can be repetitive and boring. So what

  • other verbs can you use?

  • Well, you could use verbs like 'love', 'enjoy', or 'hate'. For example: "I love going swimming."

  • "I enjoy watching TV." "I hate going shopping." Can you see the same pattern? After all of

  • these verbs, you need to use a verb with -ing. You can also add words like 'really', 'sometimes',

  • or 'absolutely', to make your meaning stronger or weaker. For example: "I really like taking

  • photos." "Sometimes I enjoy going jogging." "I absolutely hate playing football."

  • Now it's your turn. What can you say? Can you make your own sentences? OK, so now you

  • can say something about what you like or don't like doing. Let's look at how you can add

  • more details to your ideas. First, let's say how often you do your free time activity.

  • For example: "I like playing sport. I play football every Tuesday evening." "I absolutely

  • hate going shopping. I only go shopping once or twice a year." "I really like taking photos,

  • but I don't get the chance to do it often." What about you? How often do you do your hobbies?

  • You can use these phrases to help you talk. 'Every . . .' For example: 'every weekend',

  • 'every Saturday afternoon', 'every day'. 'Once or twice a . . .', for example: 'once a week',

  • 'twice a month', 'three times a year', and so on. Can you make some sentences like this

  • about your free time and hobbies? How often do you do your hobbies?

  • Next, let's add some details about where you do your hobby or free time activity. For example:

  • "I like playing sport. I play football every Tuesday evening at the park near my house."

  • "I enjoy having coffee with my friends. We go to a cafe in the city center once or twice

  • a week." "I really like taking wildlife photos in the forest, but I don't get the chance

  • to do it often."

  • You can see that our answers are getting more detailed. When you speak, you should always

  • try to add some details to your ideas, like this. It will make your English sound more

  • interesting and more natural. What about you? Can you add some details like these to your

  • sentences? Pause the video. Practice. Try to make some sentences. Say them out loud.

  • Practice a little bit.

  • OK. next, let's look at giving background information, especially if you have an interesting

  • or an unusual hobby. You can talk about when and why you started doing it. For example,

  • "I started playing tennis when I was 10." "I've been learning to paint for six months

  • now." "I decided to do yoga because I wanted to be healthy." "My French friend got me into

  • climbing." In the last sentence, the phrase, "My friend got me into something," means that

  • your friend introduced this 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?

  • For example, I started climbing when I was living in Russia. I've been climbing for about

  • eight years. I also recently decided to do yoga because I wanted to be more flexible.

  • When I was younger, my dad got me into photography. What about you? What are your examples?

  • 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 so 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 because I find it boring." "I've been trying to learn to paint, but it's

  • too hard." Why do you like your hobbies? What are some activities you don't like doing?

  • Can you say why you don't like them?

  • Try to make some sentences and practice using this language. OK, now it's your turn to speak.

  • Let's try using everything we've looked at to make a longer answer. For example, "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."

  • OK, let's do 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 doing? Where do you go, and how

  • often? When did you start doing this hobby, and why? And, why do you like or, perhaps,

  • dislike this activity? Try to talk for at least 30 seconds. Give lots of details. Add

  • details to make your answer more interesting.

  • OK, that's the end of the lesson. Thanks very much for watching. I hope you learned something

  • about how to talk about your free time in English. You can see more free lessons on

  • our website, www.oxfordonlineenglish.com. But that's all, thanks again. See you next

  • time! Bye bye.

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