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 HANNAH CHU on Wed, 10/05/2023 - 04:21


I am always really tired after a long day of working, so I’ve recently started going cycling to help me relax. I practise most evenings and sometimes in the mornings. But if it’s really busy, it’s hard to find the time.

Submitted by Awa9102000 on Tue, 18/04/2023 - 12:31


When I am not working, I spend my time in learning English by taking courses online or watching English programs on TV. Sometimes, I also go the beach with a friend of one.

Submitted by Apiez95 on Sun, 16/04/2023 - 03:07


When i'm not working,i usually hang out with my friend.

Submitted by AidilZ06 on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 21:14


in my spare time, I will do activities that I like such as playing video games, watching movies/cartoons and so on. usually, I will spend my free time playing games with my friends.

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Submitted by Isa.M on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 01:43


Normally I read, listen to music or study... I don't have a lot of things to do.

Submitted by puder on Sat, 08/04/2023 - 12:58


I love reading books it's my favorite thing in this world. I can't imagine a world that Without books.

Submitted by Ibrahimyousef on Tue, 07/03/2023 - 14:58


I don't work but l a lot of have free time , I always get up early in morning after that, i uaually took a shower and always prayer duhu at 8 o'clock next I go to the center for learning english , i study most in morning , usually.
I don't like to meditate .

Submitted by omromr127789 on Sat, 04/02/2023 - 03:38


I've recently started playing domino with my friends

Submitted by Rita25 on Tue, 27/12/2022 - 13:09


I don't work so I have a lot of free time. Though, morning is the busiest day I get up early, tend to my daughter and get her ready for school. After all of these mundane task I get to enjoy my free time doing something worthwhile. So when I'm not hovering over and chaperoning my daughter, I normally read books and often times go to the library. In spite of my daily humdrum I still manage to make time for myself and do the things I love most. Reading books is my favorite pastime.

Submitted by yasmin hamad on Mon, 12/12/2022 - 23:04


l like read stories and learning english sometimes