Want to chat about hobbies in English? Check out our list of common hobbies and related words!

Everyone possesses a hobby or a preferred activity for their leisure time. Whether it’s learning foreign languages, indulging in painting or drawing, or opting for simpler pleasures like watching movies, TV series, or playing video games, there is a wide array of hobbies to explore. Engaging in diverse hobbies adds enjoyment and diversity to our lives.

In today’s discussion, we’ll delve into the topic of hobbies and familiarize ourselves with English vocabulary associated with this subject. Given that hobbies are a significant conversation topic in the English language, acquiring related vocabulary and questions is particularly valuable, especially for ESL students.

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Common hobbies

To begin with, let’s provide an extensive roster of hobbies that enjoy popularity and prevalence in English-speaking nations:

  •        Learning new languages
  •        Shopping
  •        Traveling
  •        Hiking
  •        Knitting
  •        Playing board games
  •        Walking
  •        Writing stories
  •         Fishing
  •         Cycling
  •         Exercising
  •         Drawing
  •         Painting
  •         Collecting things
  •         Reading books
  •         Blogging
  •         Dancing
  •        Singing
  •         Listening to music
  •         Playing musical instruments (piano, guitar etc.)
  •         Playing computer games
  •         Cooking
  •         Baking
  •         Gardening
  •         Doing crafts (handmade)
  •         Photography
  •         Skydiving
  •         Skating
  •         Skiing
  •         Roller skating
  •         Longboarding
  •         Surfing

Discussing hobbies and how individuals spend their leisure time is a great way to connect with others and share your own interests—in English. If you have an interest in business English, casual conversation is not only welcomed but also expected, and what better topic to engage in than your hobbies?

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How to ask others about their hobbies

  •         What is your hobby?
  •         What are your hobbies?
  •         Do you have any hobbies?

You’ve likely encountered these three questions in textbooks. However, in everyday conversation, the term “hobby” isn’t commonly used. Instead, you might be inquired:


  •         What do you do for fun?
  •         What do you do in your spare/free time?
  •         What do you do when you’re bored?

How to tell others about your hobbies

To share information about your hobbies in English, you can utilize one of the grammatical structures provided below:

  •         I like + to do something
  •         I like + (verb + ing)
  •         I enjoy doing something
  •         I am keen on something (British English)
  •         I am fond of something

For example:

  •         I like watching movies.
  •         I like to play golf.
  •         I am keen on photography.
  •         I enjoy baking.
  •         I am fond of traveling.

If you would like to say that you thoroughly enjoy doing something – that it is one of your favorite things – you can add the word “really” after “I” (or the form of “to be” if this is used in the sentence).

For example: I really like playing tennis. We are really fond of skydiving.

If you do not want to speak about a specific activity or hobby, you can use this phrase: I like hanging out with my friends and stuff like that.

That’s all for today. Remember that the subject of hobbies will help you to start a conversation and get to know others better. And it is, of course, an excellent way to practice your conversational skills when you meet native speakers.


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