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 SofiaCastellanos on Fri, 28/10/2022 - 20:37


I like play piano in my house ando violin in the orchesta of batuta meta. . y do exercise in the gym and dance. I some times meditate in the morning because this activity help my relax mentally and physically

Submitted by Cinthiaaaaa on Sun, 04/09/2022 - 02:15


I meditate too, like Emir and Paul. I do exersice, i like whatch series...

I sometimes meditate like Emir and Paul, because I have almost no time. . I do exercise in the gym, or some times almost always i like practice dance choreography. I like play piano in my house and violin in the orchesta of Batuta meta.

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Wed, 31/08/2022 - 09:00


To be honest, I am not doing any hobbies when I am not working. I wish I have got a hobby to do. I have plans to start gym after that, but usually, it's hard to find time, and I never have enough time to go to the gym and do my practice.

Submitted by Ayoub-XxBuoYaxX on Mon, 22/08/2022 - 19:53


I usually watch movies, but the most thing that I like is to hangout with my friends, I mean by friends , the ones who motivate me through their ideas , so they can inspire me to advance in life . Thanks' to them.

Submitted by famousmaz on Wed, 03/08/2022 - 04:16


I usually go for hiking or spend time woth my family.

Submitted by 1FATIMA on Fri, 08/07/2022 - 10:42


I often do practice yoga to support my posture and body in my free time. Also, once or twice a week I meet with my friends and going to the Mall, trying a new coffee place, doing our nails in the salon or going to cinema. But usually, I spend the weekends with my family.

Submitted by Selinay. on Fri, 17/06/2022 - 14:59


I play Tennis once a week. I have German lessons three time a week. Most evenings but nine hours in total. I used to swim in the mornings but it's hard to find time now. I recently have creatived the time for reading book.

Submitted by redragons0 on Mon, 30/05/2022 - 12:27


Recently I relocated to a different country, in search for a suitable job. Most of the jobs in this country requires English proficiency in language and hence I am giving all my efforts to learn the language. Learning English is my hobby and my lifestyle currently.

Submitted by amarigh_mustapha on Thu, 12/05/2022 - 10:24


I'm still a student, but usually, if I've enough time I learn new things, and now I learn English