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How to Express Likes and Dislikes in English

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Likes and Dislikes in English

Teaching how to talk about Likes and Dislikes in English is very important since likes and dislikes is a common topic when you meet new people.

To understand this topics, we have to learn a few things:

  • Key verbs to talk about likes and dislikes in English
  • Actions verbs to talk about things we like or dislike to do
  • How to make affirmative and negative sentences to talk about likes and dislikes.

Vocabulary: Likes and Dislikes in English

Key verbs 

These are the main six verbs to talk about likes and dislikes in English

EnjoyLike 
HateDislike
DetestEnjoy

Action verbs

These are some example of actions verbs that can help us describe the things we like or dislike to do in English.

ReadJump
ListenSwim
PlayJog
TalkWatch
DanceCatch
SpeakThrow
RunJump

 Examples of Affirmative and Negative Sentences

Wth the key verbs and several actions verbs, you can make affirmative and negative sentences.

I like eating ice creamI don’t like eating ice cream
You love watching sportYou don’t love watching soccer games
She is crazy about sportsShe is not crazy about sports
He is fond of chocolateHe isn’t fond of chocolate
We are huge fans of soccerWe aren’t huge fans of soccer
They dislike wasting timeThey don’t like wasting time

Yes or No Questions with Likes and Dislikes

These are some examples of Yes or No questions about Likes and Dislikes in English

  • Do you like watching TV?
  • Does she like playing soccer?
  • Does he love running?
  • Do you like soccer?
  • Do you like rock music?

Wh- Questions with Likes and Dislikes in English

These are some examples of wh-questions about likes and dislikes in English

  • What does he like to do?
  • What movies do you like to watch?
  • What books do you like to read?
  • What sports do you like?
  • What music do you like?

Conversation Questions about Likes and Dislikes

These are 20 conversation questions about likes and dislikes in English

  1. What kind of movies do you like?
  2. Do you like going to the beach?
  3. What’s your favorite thing to do?
  4. Do you love going out?
  5. What kind of music do you like?
  6. Do you like to watch TV?
  7. What type of food do you like to eat? Do you like to watch movies?
  8. Do you like watching cartoons?
  9. Do you like watching independent films?
  10. Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
  11. Do you like to do exercises?
  12. What kind of music don’t you like?
  13. Do you like to play or watch sports?
  14. What do you like to do on the weekends?
  15. Do you like to go swimming?
  16. What kind of pets do you like?
  17. Do you like to read books? What books do you like to read?
  18. Do you like running or jogging?
  19. Do you like playing video games? What’s your favorite video game?
  20. Do you like computers? what do you like to do on your computer?
How to Express Likes and Dislikes in English

Likes, Dislikes and Preferences Lesson Plan

Schema Activation

  1. Teacher creates a bingo to play with the students.
  2. Students gets a link made up of vocabulary related to Likes, Dislikes and Preference.
  3. You can create bingo to play on your phone with My Free Bingo Cards

Pre-Task Activities

Task #1
  1. Students are sent a survey  created with Crowd Signal, the survey is about likes, dislikes and preferences.
  2. Students have to stand up and interview their classmates.
  3. Teacher and students check the results using pie charts created automatically.
Task #2
  1. Students are given a yes or no question in a strip of paper.
  2. Students have to turn the yes or no question into wh-questions
  3. Once students have the questions, they make those questions to their classmates
Task #3
  1. Students are sent a wordle.
  2. Using only words included in the wordle, student create as many questions as they can.
  3. They make those questions to a partner.
Task #4 (Optional)
  1. Students interview classmates about their likes, dislikes and preferences using a google form.
Task #5 (Optional)

Students make groups of  4 and each one of them have a different category in charge using this photo

  • love
  • like
  • dislike/ don’t like
  • hate
Task #6 (Optional)
  1. Students write things that they really like in a note, they don’t share that information with their classmates
  2. The teacher collects the pieces of paper and they are given to different classmates.
  3. Classmates have to go around the classroom asking people if they like those things and find the owner of the note.
Task #7 (Optional)

Students listen to a conversation about music likes between Marissa and Brian and and mark if these statements are true   (Interchange 1 – Unit 4)

  • Bryan likes country music
  • Marissa likes Taylor Swift
  • Bryan doesn’t like Hip-Hop
  • Marissa Likes Hip- Hop
  • Bryan likes Green Day
  • Marissa also likes Green Day
  • Bryan thinks that Green Day is Noisy

Main Task

  1. Students create a nine- image collage about their likes and Dislikes
  2. Students prepare to talk about their likes and dislikes during  one minute.
  3. Once the minute is over. Students talk to another partner.

Post-Task

  1. Students answer an online quiz to make sure their reading comprehension skills are OK.

Likes, Dislikes and Preferences Worksheet

You can make copies of this worksheet and use them in your classes

  1. Introduce  the simple present using verbs such as enjoy, like, dislike, hate  and love.
  2. Provide some example of negative and positive statements, for example:
    • I like reading books
    • I love playing soccer
    • I don’t like to  play video games
    • I enjoy reading fantasy books
  3. Tell students to make pairs and  choose if they want to be student A or student B
  4. Tell students to make the questions to each other and answer them the best way they can
  5. Tell student to pay attention to language feature such as pronunciation, intonation and rythm as they practice.
  6. Give them enough time to practice and provide feedback if necessary
  7. Once they know how to ask and answer the questions in a natural way, tell to exchange partners.

Learn More

To learn more about how to express likes, dislikes and preferences  about sports and leisure activities, check this article

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