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.

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


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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Submitted by ANOUAR on Tue, 16/11/2021 - 13:35


I study economics, I want to open my own business so I need to know how can I run and manage it

Submitted by Fernando Júnior on Tue, 16/11/2021 - 01:58


I've recently started studying English. I do it during the week. I don't have enough time to study more than that. It's hard to find the time, but I can say that I've been having progress.

Submitted by nikta on Tue, 09/11/2021 - 07:11


when I'm not working, I usually dance. because after that I full of energy. recently I want to try meditate too.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 14:10


i normally surfing facebook, listening a song and especially i love sleeping

Submitted by Fernanda Morei… on Sun, 10/10/2021 - 02:28


when I am not working i usually read books, play video games and watch movies. But I have recently started to doing some cool hobbies, like making origamis, writing and playing the violin!

Submitted by Samqaid on Wed, 12/05/2021 - 23:19

when I'm not working. read books. use internet, check my emails. check facebook. I sometimes sat with myself and doing a meditation to review my dreams and set up my goals in the current life Looking at problems and try to work it out

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Sun, 25/04/2021 - 12:49

When I am not working, I study English, do workout, watch movies and surfing the internet.

Submitted by Nader Ahmed on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 16:50

When I'm not working, I've chatted with my family, and recently I've started to study English with your website. Thank you for your help.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 22:37

When I am not working I am teaching economics. It is so hard to find more time for my family, for my friends, for rest, so I week up very early for that.
That's really awesome, I recently started to study economy again, also I'm from the Dominican Republic.