How to Talk about Hobbies in English: Vocabulary and Dialogues

Learning how to talk about hobbies is very important because most of our new interactions have something to do with activities that we do for fun.

A hobby is a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time, not professionally and not for pay

There are many types of hobbies some hobbies are more popular than others.

Regardless of what you like, there is fun and hobbies for everyone.

List of Hobbies in English

This is a list of the most common hobbies in English. The examples have key important words to express whether you like them or not.

BakingI love Baking
BowlingShe loves Bowling
CelebratingI love celebrating after work
Chatting with friendsI enjoy chatting with friends
Checking FacebookI always check Facebook at Nights
Checking InstagramI never check my Instagram
Collect somethingI am crazy about collecting stamps
computer programmingYou love computer programming
CookingYou really enjoy Cooking
CyclingYou always go Cycling in the afternoons
DanceShe really likes to dance
Discovering new musicI love discovering new music
Doing yogaThey hate doing yoga
ExercisingWe love exrcising
Family TimeI like spending time with my Family
fantasy sportsWe always play fantasy sports
Fishing My dad  usually goe fishing 
GardeningMy mother loves gardening
go swimmingMy kids go swimming all the time
going campingI am in love with going camping
Going on datesWe are going on a date
Going out for drinksLet’s go out for  some drinks
Going to churchWe love going to church
Going to partiesDo you like going to parties?
Going to the beachDo you enjoy going to the beach
Going to the gymWe love going to the gym
Going to the moviesMy girlfriend loves going to the movies
Going to the parkMy kids love going to the park
Going to the poolI am excited about going to the pool
HikingShe doesn’t really like hiking
Horseback ridingI love horseback riding
HuntingWe hate hunting
LearningThey love learning languages
Listening to MusicListening to Music
MusicI love music so much
PaintballPaintball is super entertaining
PaintingShe dislikes painting 
Play board gamesPlaying board games is exciting
play the pianoI like playing the piano
PlayingPlaying with my kids is awesome
Playing cardsPlaying cards is fun
Playing chessPlaying chess is hard but I love it
Playing Free FirePlaying Free Fire is not my thing
playing gamesplaying games is my thing 
playing soccerPlaying soccer is good for your health
Posting MemesPosting memes is fun
Reading Reading is one of my hobbies
Rock musicRock music ismy favorite type of music
Running Running is,my favorite exercise
Running marathonsRunning marathons is my favorite past time
ShoppingI enjoy shopping with my girls
Sleeping Sleeping  is something I love to do
SocializingSocializing is not my strength
surfing surfing  is my favorite hobbie
Taking vacationsTaking vacations is my dream 
TravellingTravelling is the best thing in the world
video gamesVideo games keep me busy
Visit museumsVisiting museums is not my thing
VolleyballVolleyball is my favorite sport
Walking Walking in the mountain is fascinating
Watch TVI am not a big fan of watching TV
Watching moviesWe watch movies on Netflix
Watching sportsI am a fan of watching MMA
WorkingShe spends time working on her projects
Writing I always write on my journal 

Talking about Hobbies in English

To talk about Hobbies in English, you can use several verbs. We can use verbs such as:


Check the verbs and the example

Like I like to play soccer
Love I love running and doing exercises
Enjoy I enjoy cooking for my family
Dislike I dislike doing the dishes
Hate She hates doing  the laundry

Hobbies in English: Questions and Answers

These are some common questions that people make about hobbies in English

  • What’s your favorite hobby?
  • My favorite hobby is running
  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • Yes, I love camping
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • I meet friends
  • Do you like to play soccer?
  • I like soccer but I don’t play that often
  • Do you enjoy watching movies?
  • I am a huge fan of movies
  • What do you like doing in the evenings?
  • I usually stay home
  • Would you like to come and play soccer with us?
  • Sure
  • What are your hobbies/interests?
  • My interest is learning more about internet marketing
  • What activities do you do to relax?
  • I read books and listen to music
  • What are you into?
  • I am into Sports

Like doing vs like to do

We use like + gerund (ing form) to talk about general likes:

  • I love running
  • I like fishing.
  • She loves cooking

We use like + infinitive to talk about more specific likes:

  • I love running every morning after 7.
  • I like to go fishing at the weekend.
  • She loves cooking for the family on Fridays.

Listening: Conversation about Hobbies

This is a conversation about hobbies. Watch the video to familiarize with the pronunciation of key vocabulary.

Reading: Conversation about Hobbies

Here’s a simple conversation between two people discussing hobbies:

A: Hi there! What do you like to do in your free time?

B: Hi! I enjoy painting. It’s so relaxing. How about you?

A: Oh, I like playing soccer. It’s really fun and keeps me active.

B: That sounds cool! Do you play with a team or just for fun?

A: I play with a local team. We have matches every weekend.

B: Nice! I’ve never tried soccer, but maybe I should give it a shot sometime.

A: Definitely! Maybe we can swap hobbies one day. You could teach me how to paint, and I’ll show you some soccer moves.

B: Sounds like a plan! It’s always fun to try something new.

A: Absolutely! Plus, it’s a great way to make new friends and learn new skills.

B: I couldn’t agree more. Well, I’m looking forward to our hobby exchange!

A: Me too! Let’s make it happen soon.

Conversation Questions about Hobbies

These are some conversation questions about hobbies:

  1. What’s your hobby?
  2. Do you have any hobbies?
  3. What do you do for fun?
  4. Can you make money while doing something you really like?
  5. How much time do you spend doing things you love?
  6. Do you have any dangerous hobby?
  7. Do you have any expensive hobby?
  8. Are there any hobbies you would like to try?
  9. What hobbies are popular with children, but not with adults?
  10. How much time do you spend on your hobbies? How much time would be too much?
  11. Do you like practicing sports, playing a musical instrument, dancing, or singing?
  12. Do you take or have you taken lessons in anything?

My Hobbies in English 


My name is James, I am going to tell you about my hobbies, I like to stay home so some of my hobbies are hobbies that you can do indoors.

I like to watch movies and I am  a huge fan of drama movies, I also like listening and discovering new music because it is kinda boring to listen to the same songs all the time.

I like to do exercises, some people think exercising is like obligation, something that you have to do but when you do exercises regularly, you learn  to love running jogging and lifting weights.

Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English