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How to Talk About Your Free Time and Hobbies in English - Spoken English Lesson

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What do you like doing in your free time? Do you have any interesting hobbies? Talking about free time and hobbies is a good way to start a conversation in English, or find things in common when you speak to others in English. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to talk naturally and clearly in English about your free time and hobbies. See the full lesson (with text) here: https://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/free-time-and-hobbies You can learn: - English vocabulary to talk about hobbies and free time activities. - How to say what you like or dislike doing. - How to make your speaking more natural and interesting by adding details. - Ways to talk about how often you do these free time activities. - How to make longer answers when talking about your free time in English. See more of our free English lessons here: https://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/free-english-lessons
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Oxford Online English (9 months ago)
Translate to your native language and help others learn from this video! http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_video?ref=share&v=hoyhPZDp3dE
kiên nguyễn (22 days ago)
Many thanks, very clear. Can I use this video's content in my blog ? Just the content, not video.
Amad Noor (1 month ago)
Thanks sir, so kind of you
Ceyhun Emirullayev (1 month ago)
l have a lot of free time.l usually read history books.l watch Tv.l am interested in English language because English is international language.l want to work translator in the future
Ahmed kheyr (1 month ago)
Oxford Online English yes
Annu Singh (4 hours ago)
Sir I know tense but not able to use when speek.what should I do.
Huy Nguyen (22 hours ago)
I love playing football Becamex it help me to relax
shwan hasan (1 day ago)
thank you the video was realy useful in my free time i like watching tv and reading books.
mẫn liễu (2 days ago)
In my free time, I like reading book, especialy science books in library. I go to the library of my school two or three a week. I like it becase it's interested and help me have many knowledgeables.
Oxford Online English (18 hours ago)
Nice answer! Here are three corrections for you: 1. '...I like reading *books*...' 2. '...two or three *times* a week.' 3. 'I like it because it's *interesting*...' Thanks for sharing!
I really like listening to music . I listen before go to bed or in every morning. I always listen in myroom . i like it because it very relaxing and comphotable, How about you?
Very Good
s j (5 days ago)
Please reply
s j (5 days ago)
Sentence Correction:I Will dine with you on next Sunday.
Ashwini Nivethitha (5 days ago)
In my free time, I love doing yoga.I do it on my home on every tuesday and thursday.I started doing yoga when i was working in the office and I've been doing it for 3 years. One of my friends, got me into it.I continue to do because i wanted to be more energetic and it gives me an immense sense of relaxation. Whenever i do poses, i can feel an eternal pleasure.
Oxford Online English (4 days ago)
Nice answer, Ashwini. Here are a few suggestions for you: 1) 'I do it in my home,' not, 'on'. 2) '...my home every Tuesday and Thursday,' not, '...my home on every tuesday and thursday'. 3) 'I continue to do it because...' not, 'I continue to do because...'. Hope this helps you!
Hageritu Destaw (5 days ago)
I I like watching movies and reading books
Shama Khadheeja (6 days ago)
This video is so interesting. Thank you for putting this video.
Harneet Kaur (7 days ago)
Very nice my dear u r good English trainer. Like you
don't related to this lesson but the teacher's very handsome boy. :V
Mỹ Dung (8 days ago)
In my free time i like sleeping and playing lien quan and play with my girl
dj India (9 days ago)
Very good
Emma Sunset (9 days ago)
thanks, the lesson is useful
Abdo Gassar (9 days ago)
You are a great teacher 🌷
Maribeth Viscayda (9 days ago)
They are all brilliant teachers.but my fave teachers are Oli and Gina :)
Brenda Sanchez (11 days ago)
i can't find the video where Teacher Ollie explains the Phrasal Verbs, i really liked that video, and i can't find it in your channel can you please put the link or the video again?
Oxford Online English (9 days ago)
Hi Brenda, we have an updated version of our phrasal verbs video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JntXxLHTO5U
Savaş Gümüş (11 days ago)
ılike youtube
Linh Mỹ (13 days ago)
so easy and great.
Dalal Mehamdi (14 days ago)
Thank you very much . . I do really appreciate it
Anaam Hauasli (14 days ago)
😘😘😘👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼thank you oli
Eng. Waheeda (14 days ago)
Hi colleagues, I prepare two exercise about this topic, which on is better? 1) I like swimming; I play every weekend at swimming pool near my house. I have been swimming for about three years. My brother wife got me in to it. I didn’t like it at first, because I was afraid from water and I was not t know anything about it, but now I really enjoy it particularly it make me healthy. 2) I have many hobbies and interests which I prefer doing in my free time. Unfortunately, I don’t get much free time for myself. I really love playing with my baby, because playtime will help my baby to develop social, intellectual, language and problem solving skills in future, this make me very happy. However, at weekends I try to do the activities I like most of all. I really like swimming, I have been swimming for a bout 3 years, my brother's wife got me in to it. Every Friday I really want to cook delicious Kurdish traditional food , but every Saturday I like relaxing with my husband and my sweet daughter. your feedback and recommendations are highly appreciated. Regards
Oxford Online English (9 days ago)
Nice answer! Here are three corrections for you: 1. I *go* swimming every weekend... 2. My *brother's* wife got me into it. 3. ...because I was afraid *of the* water... Thanks for sharing!
Raisa Aliyya (15 days ago)
In my free time. I enjoy watching movies, but sometimes i interested for making a handcraft
cuc phuong Tran (15 days ago)
In my free time, I really love running. I run every day in the afternoon, from five to six o'clock. I prefer to run outdoors but sadly, the area that I live in doesn't have enough airy space for my running so I have to go to a gym center near my house. My brother got me into it because he absolutely enjoys going to the gym and he needed someone to go with. I don't like it very much at first as it made me tired but now I fall in love with it. It helps me to be healthier, more beautiful and enjoy life more.
achraf kherani (9 days ago)
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Oxford Online English (14 days ago)
Thanks for sharing your answer, Cuc! You used some excellent phrases. Here are some corrections for you: 1) 'I didn't like it very much at first...' not, 'don't'. 2) '...but now I've fallen in love with it,' not, 'fall'. Hope this is useful for you!
Great. I like watching your videos
Teddy DENG (16 days ago)
In my free time, I like watching TV。Besides, l really like go shopping with my friends,but I dont get the chance to do it often.
Kim kim123 (16 days ago)
I like learning English! Thank you teacher!
Hmidi Riadh (17 days ago)
thank you for halp, english is more easy through your lesson
Malika Ahmed (18 days ago)
In my free time I like helpe mama in the kitchen I enjoy cooking deferent kind of food sometimes I go out with my friends walking a long way because it's good for my health
Oxford Online English (16 days ago)
Nice answer! Here are three corrections for you: 1. Remember to write in full sentences, starting with a capital letter and ending with a full stop. 2. 'different' not 'deferent' 3. '...I like *helping my mum* in the kitchen... Thanks for sharing!
Rashmi Rashmi (18 days ago)
I have a hobby to speak..bt how I want a partner like u to speak..do you??
nobamita Chakraborty (18 days ago)
your video is very helpful for me and it is best
Ban Phorn (19 days ago)
I'm really love your explanation teacher 😍
Prathamesh Gadkar (19 days ago)
In my free time I really like singing songs. It keep me fresh and happy whole day.
Hạnh Hồ Thúy (20 days ago)
Thank you. The lesson is so useful and easy to understand
This video is great!
Raja Kashi (21 days ago)
Very nice tips
Uyên Ngô (21 days ago)
In my free time, I must learn english, Learning english is my hobby, I hope I can good at it in the future, and then I will spend my free time to travel and take many of photo about natural beauty. Because Learning english is first priority of mine, and I am enjoying it as well.
Oxford Online English (20 days ago)
Nice answer, Uyên. Here are a few suggestions for you: 1) 'Learning English is my hobby. I hope I can become good at it...' not, 'Learning english is my hobby, I hope I can good at it...'. 2) '...and take many photos...' not, '...and take many photo...'. 3) '...photos of natural beauty,' not, '...photo about natural beauty'. Hope this is useful for you!
Hagora Sd (22 days ago)
I like cooking my mom learnt me how I cook when I was in a high school,now i know all typical libyan food .I cook every day cause my mother is sick .I wanna be a professional chief one day. I admire to Italian food it's very tasty 😍
Oxford Online English (20 days ago)
Nice, Hagora! Here are some corrections for your writing: 1) '...cooking. My mom taught me how to cook...' not, '...cooking my mom learnt me how I cook...'. 2) '...high school. Now I know all of the typical Libyan food,' not, '...a high school,now i know all typical libyan food'. 3) 'I want to be a professional chef one day,' not, 'I wanna be a professional chief one day'. Hope this is useful for you!
kiên nguyễn (22 days ago)
Many thanks, very clear. Can I use this video's content in my blog ? Just the content, not video.
kiên nguyễn (21 days ago)
OK, so I will save the videos to learn sometimes :)
Oxford Online English (21 days ago)
Hi Kiên, not really, although you're free to embed the video on your blog if you want.
nofa reani (22 days ago)
In my free time. I enjoy watching you video.😂😂😂. (I'm sure..) l need to iprove my english..
Aftab Ahmad (23 days ago)
In my free time I like painting
Maham Khan (24 days ago)
You are a great teacher you're brilliant I love your English accent.Many Many thanks to you.
To Learn 2Join (22 days ago)
what's the accent? South
ajay kharat (24 days ago)
In my free time i really like to go some buetiful places trice a week
Kk CC (24 days ago)
I love cooking and listen music
hamburger yt (24 days ago)
I like football
nic farrow (26 days ago)
...doing boxing???
Oxford Online English (23 days ago)
Yes!
Edito Cruz Araujo (26 days ago)
This is perfect for learning thanks very much.
Turma de Direito (26 days ago)
hi i love you
sanpreet kaur (26 days ago)
👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Honey Singh (26 days ago)
In my free time search new building Tools 🇬🇧🇮🇳
pakhi dey (26 days ago)
Thank you sir....
Tarun Aggarwal (27 days ago)
I like playing cricket.It’s my favourite game.I play cricket every weekend with my friends. I have been playing cricket since my childhood.My father got me into this ,because he wanted me to play for Indian team. But due to study pressure ,I couldn’t make it.
Sadeg Yahai (28 days ago)
Thanks you laessn
hm hm (28 days ago)
Thank you 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
Ahmad Hamdan (28 days ago)
Hi Ole, I need speaking lessons, how can I contact you?
Oxford Online English (27 days ago)
Hi Ahmad, you can book lessons with Oli or our other teachers through our website. Book a trial lesson here: https://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/book-first-class
v. k. jain (30 days ago)
i like your english beacause is a pure english you are a good teacher .
Assiya Yacoby (30 days ago)
clear and interesting video i like it !tnx
Jan Hasan (1 month ago)
I really enjoy hanging out with my friends. we go to a café two or three times in a week at differsnt places in the city. Sometimes i visit them or sometimes we doing one a ctivity together. or eat at the restaurant but actually i do not like cooking because i feel like i wasting my times when i do it even though i can cook,In addition, i love sporting and actually played football with some teams when i was student in the university. I played as defense player but now i do not play football and just i watcing matches on TV. My favorite team is Barcelona.
Harper X (1 month ago)
I like cooking,I cook for my family everyday.I started doing it ever since I was child , mainly because that my parents were really busy at work,so I had to take care my siblings,I deeply enjoyed the process of cooking,although it was very simple food ,my mother got me into cooking.I have continued to cook as a wife and as a mother in my family, since I dislike processed food from the supermarket,they are sometimes not healthy and also tastes bland.also,I want my family to have a healthier and more balanced diet, therefore I also prefer slow cooking rather than ready made meals. I often make Chinese food,but I also like to learn how to cook dishes of other cultures such as Japanese sushi and Algerian Couscous and Spanish Paella etc
Oxford Online English (30 days ago)
Thanks for sharing your answer. Here are some corrections for you: 1) '...ever since I was a child,' not, '...ever since I was child'. 2) '...mainly because my parents were...' not, '...mainly because that my parents were...'. 3) '...take care of my siblings,' not, '...take care my siblings'. Hope this is useful for you!
Moondear 97 (1 month ago)
Çoox sağolun. Əladır. Azərbaycandan salamlar.❤🤗
Maya Ibrahimova (17 days ago)
Moondear 97 tek men deyilmishem Azerbaycandan izleyen) how good is it to see a person from our country who tries to ipmprove his or her language skill,good luck to you
Thank you my heart explaining sweet
eva angel (1 month ago)
You r Love ♡
Thank
Harsh Adhiyol (1 month ago)
I am fond of reading books. I perform this activity during weekends and before go to the bed. When I started reading when i was in 9th grade. My school teacher highly recommend me a book namely Rich dad Poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki. The book was really fascinating and page turner. And books have given me a better insight to understanding life. I have learnt and implemented the knowledge gained from them, both in my personal life and in my academic life.
Harsh Adhiyol (1 month ago)
+Oxford Online English Thanks a lot for corrections
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Thanks for sharing, Harsh. Here are some corrections for you: 1) '...and before I go to bed,' not, '...and before go to the bed'. 2) 'I started reading when I was in...' not, 'When I started reading when i was in...'. 3) '...highly recommended a book to me,' not, '...highly recommended me a book'. Hope this is useful for you!
Thank
Anju Mathew (1 month ago)
I really like cooking .I cook food everyday. The number of dishes varies according to my time .I love to serve food . I have been interested in cooking since I was young, when my aunt prepared a cake for my birthday . My mother got me into cooking.I have been trying to cook biryani an Indian cuisine but its too difficult. I decided to cook food because I want to eat something healthy. I usually prefer non veg food . I want to change my method of cooking .
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Thanks for another nice answer, Anju. Here are some corrections for you: 1) 'I cook food every day,' not, 'everyday'. 2) '...trying to cook Biryani, an Indian cuisine, but it's too difficult,' not, '...trying to cook biryani an Indian cuisine but its too difficult'. 3) Always put the period or other punctuation mark after the last letter, and then the space: '...I really like cooking. I cook food...' not, '...I really like cooking .I cook food...'. Hope this is useful for you!
a.b. c.p (1 month ago)
good morning . could you to do a video about how to open a account in a bank please?? I like very much your videos
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Glad you enjoy the lessons! That's a good suggestion, we might be able to do something like that in the future!
Reyhana Akhundova (1 month ago)
thanks so much you helped me a lot with your native english
Yashoda Ghimire (1 month ago)
Can going to temples in free time also be a hobby...???
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Of course, Yashoda!
Ossama Chhibi (1 month ago)
good jab la teve thancks yoo fere match
roshan basnet (1 month ago)
i do have lots of hobbies like playing football,hanging out with friends, relaxing with family and so on .among them i like playing football most.i play football with my friends at the ground near my house.
roshan basnet (1 month ago)
+Oxford Online English thankyou so much for your recommedation sir.
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Nice answer! Here are three corrections for you: 1. Remember to write in full sentences, starting with a capital letter and ending with a full stop. 2. 'I have lots of hobbies' not 'I do have...' 3. '...at the ground' doesn't work, but I'm not sure exactly what you mean. You could say 'on the field', 'in the park', or something like that. Thanks for sharing!
Cuong Nguyen Quoc (1 month ago)
Very good . I love your leseon
نور الزهراء (1 month ago)
Very useful. Thanks.
Angel Amo (1 month ago)
Can you plzz tell me oli? We just mention good things in hobbies like love , enjoy etc ? We don’t describe our hate things? Like I don’t want to like watching tv in free time plzz explain me
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
I think you can talk about what you want to talk about!
Muhammad Zayan (1 month ago)
In my free time,I like watching tv,playing with my children,and cooking.
Sonia Harfouchi (1 month ago)
Excellente voice and we understand every think you are handsom man
Shaikshavali Kadapa (1 month ago)
may i know what are the 5 steps in a comment box.. any one please..
Wjvd Kdbdj (1 month ago)
tro bien
Nhi Nguyen (1 month ago)
I like your accent very much. Plus, all your explanations are so clear and perfectly speak. 👍👍
IMRAN ALI ALI (1 month ago)
Hi nice
Noah’s Mum (28 days ago)
Handsome teacher 👨‍🏫 I ever seen in my life 😍 God protect you bro 🙏💐💐👏
Noah’s Mum (1 month ago)
Awesome 👏 👍👍👍👍👌👌👌👌💐💐💐💐
tra my mai (1 month ago)
hi every one. in the leisure time, i like relaxing with my roommates, we talk about everything .for example love, friend, play piano, make up... when i spare time i go different some area of country and look for interesting picture to take. i have been interested in photography. when i take photo i will creative picture. it made my love life. i really like doing yoga, it's good for health. when you do yoga every day, you fell flexible and comfortable. i like reading book, because it is help me know everything. can you tell me what do you do in your spare time.
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Good answer! Here are three corrections for you: 1. Remember to use capital letters to start a sentence, and for 'I'. 2. When you do yoga every day, you *feel* flexible and comfortable. 3. When I *have* spare time... Thanks for sharing your answer with us!
lincio leta (1 month ago)
Lovely
Aashish Masih (1 month ago)
why don t i like to ....................???
Aashish Masih (1 month ago)
thank u meethe
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Good question. You can also say, 'I like to + infinitive'. For example, 'I like to play basketball'. It's the same as 'I like playing basketball'.
Rathna Thilaka (1 month ago)
I appreciate your lessons always.
Deepanshu Dehra (1 month ago)
Best video I have ever seen in my life about any topic. Well explained
Nhung Nguyễn (1 month ago)
Great! i am really like this video
Debendra Sial (1 month ago)
I'm sorry sir.becuse I'm very poor in English.but I really enjoy this lesson.I think I learn a lot of word and things.I hope You will bring a most beautiful lessons in my student life. Thank You sir .I pray to God You will so well.....
1103 Musik Berlin (1 month ago)
cool video thanks
tu Le (1 month ago)
good good good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
BÌNH LÊ (1 month ago)
here is my answer, i look forward your comments. in my free time, i really love hanging out with my friends. We go to a cafe in the city center every weekend. We were friends when we were 16 years old in the high school. Therefore from that time, we became closely and extremely understood each other. Now, we don't study at the same university but we still want to gather regularly. When i met them, i could share many things in my life and forget my sadnesses. I think that i'm a lucky person because of having real friends.
BÌNH LÊ (1 month ago)
Oxford Online English  Many thanks for your reply. It is really useful for me (Y)
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Nice answer about your hobbies. Here are some tips: 1) 'We have been friends since we were 16 years old...' not, 'We were friends when we were 16 years old...'. 2) Always capitalize 'I' in a sentence'. 3) '...we became closely and extremely understanding of each other,' not, '...we became closely and extremely understood each other'. Hope this is useful for you!
Malu (1 month ago)
Super super super
Yaasiin Axmed (1 month ago)
my is yazin i live in Somalia i like watching and listening English and i see my self a lot of improvement accord to listening i can understand every native speaker while, i was not able to understood a while a ago , but i have a great problems in speaking, because there is no one who speaks English around me and i take a decision to learn English in six months , so that is any one there specially the people who life in UK please connect me in my telephone number . i need to practice with you because i do not need to take my rest of my life learning English my number is 252634683858
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Thanks for sharing your comment. Our certified English teachers can help you with online classes. You can book a trial lesson here: https://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/book-first-class.
Mahmuda sonia (1 month ago)
Hello, all the lessons are very helpful and you are really good teacher. My problem is i couldn't talk about unknown topic. Just can make 2 or 3 sentences. It needs time to think for making longer ans . what can I do?
Mahmuda sonia (1 month ago)
Thanks
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Hi Mahmuda, this is a common problem when studying any language. The best thing to do is try to practice your speaking in conversation. You can use online social networks, English groups in your town or find an English teacher to talk to. It will help!
Rosé Rose (1 month ago)
Thanks, you are the best teacher I really like your English
Sima Daroch (1 month ago)
pls speak on reading books ans exercise
Oxford Online English (1 month ago)
Thanks for the suggestion, Sima! Keep checking back for new videos!
Krystal Krystal (1 month ago)
Hi, I just saw your video by accident 😊 I like it I’m so glad I hope it will helps me to speak English better🤗

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