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 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

Submitted by nicoljuliana1212 on Mon, 31/10/2022 - 14:02


I love to read and I take care of riding a horse

Submitted by paulavilloria2 on Sun, 30/10/2022 - 23:37


I don't like to meditate, but I prefer to do other things to feel good about myself

Submitted by promalex2022 on Sun, 30/10/2022 - 23:23


I like to read mysteries, I am a bit messy with my time, so it is difficult for me to find time to read or draw, which are the things I enjoy the most

Submitted by itzelber06 on Sun, 30/10/2022 - 23:22


I like read and watch movies sometimes and i have hobbies like dancing learning english
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