Talking about personal interests

In this video, Emir asks Paul about his hobbies. Listen to the language they use for talking about personal interests and practise saying the useful phrases.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.

Transcript

Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say

Do you know what to say when you talk about your personal interests? Listen out for useful language for talking about personal interests. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.

 

Emir: Hi, Paul. I made you a cup of tea. Just how you like it, milk and two sugars.

Paul: Oh, thanks, Emir.

Emir: You're welcome. So what do you do when you're not working?

Paul: Oh, umm, not much. I'm always really tired in the evenings and at weekends.

Emir: Haven't you got any hobbies?

Paul: Well, I've recently started doing meditation.

Emir: I didn't know you did meditation. I do too!

Paul: Oh, right. So, um, how often do you practise? 

Emir: Most mornings usually, but if it's really busy, then sometimes it's hard to find time. 

Paul: Yeah, I know what you mean. I normally meditate once or twice a week. I never have enough time to do it more than that.

Emir: What are you doing now?

Paul: Nothing much, just drinking my tea … 

 

Ana: Hello again! Now that's something you don't see in the office every day! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for talking about your personal interests? Listen to me and then repeat.

 

What do you do when you're not working?

I didn't know you did meditation.

I do too!

How often do you practise?

Most mornings, usually.

Sometimes it's hard to find time.

I normally meditate once or twice a week.

I never have enough time.

 

Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you talk about your personal interests in English. Bye for now! 

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Average: 3 (4 votes)

Submitted by Pola on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 17:55

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Oh, not much, but I've recently started watching documentary videos and I practice it most evenings and at weekends, but if I really busy it's hard to find time to do it more than that.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 09:40

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watching movies and reading novels

Submitted by Shiv on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 11:41

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I Have started recently learning English language in my free time. Because i am really feeling occurred because my speaking is not well as others. I would try to speak English fluently. So when ever I get time using in learning English .how to talk people and how to understand the way of their speaking.

Submitted by manuloco on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 01:03

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I've recently started play guitar for more time. I practice it more than twice a day for all week.

Submitted by Lena on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 17:59

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Hi! I've got a question. In the video Emir says 'It's hard to find time' but in the task 3 we find the same phrase with the definite article in it ('It's hard to find THE time'). So why that?

Hi Lena,

These are both fixed expressions and you can use either form with no difference in meaning. It's purely a question of personal preference.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ugulhan on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 09:03

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I've recently started learning English hard. I hope I do that. I practice it more than twice a week.
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Submitted by shelly on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 10:33

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When I am not working, usually I study English for at least half an hour and do some exercise especially Yoga, because I like English and Yoga so much. Then sometimes I pay with my daughter or go outside for a short walk. At weekends I do some shopping in the mall or in the supermarket or go out for a short trip with my family.

Submitted by fariba on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 10:50

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i watch TV , read books ,see movies and call my family.