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 shakilwillbe on Sun, 09/06/2024 - 05:03


when I have free time when I am not working I spend my time doing various kinds of work. previously I had some trees that I planted in pots they grew I took care of them and they gave us fruits there were mango, guava and other trees as well.

Submitted by daniela_lav on Wed, 03/01/2024 - 18:30


I love reading books, walking in the mountains in the weekend.
I sing in an amateur rock choir once a week in the evening, this is the most relaxing and rewarding hobby in my life

Submitted by Vu anh on Tue, 12/12/2023 - 07:38


I enjoy watching Korean drama in my free time

Submitted by Toan3002 on Tue, 21/11/2023 - 14:25


I normally watch YouTube, surf Facebook, or go outside somewhere when I have free time.

Submitted by Carlos Panjoj on Mon, 20/11/2023 - 23:50


Well, I usually study in the afternoons, practice my English, and try to learn a new skill, for example, for now, I study progamation, I hope to continue with this energy.

Submitted by arizonova on Tue, 14/11/2023 - 06:43


When I'm not working, I do a lot of things. For example, I practice my English, meet my friends, visit bars, cinema theaters, and museums. I also love walking, especially in the parks. On weekends, I try to travel if the weather is good or do household chores like buying groceries, washing clothes, and preparing meals, among other things.

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Submitted by Husamettin C on Fri, 10/11/2023 - 19:29


I work for 12 hours a day, when I am n't working , I am cooking from different culture kitchens, And sometimes working to learn English

Submitted by nasimae26 on Wed, 01/11/2023 - 13:07


When I am not working, I usually playing cricket or football. It make me fit and healthy. besides, something I spend that time in Facebook

Submitted by OmarHaddad on Fri, 13/10/2023 - 12:54


I'm currently studying English these days in order to prepare for the IELTS exam. I hope I can pass it on my first attempt after two months of studying.

Submitted by mahdipositive on Mon, 14/08/2023 - 17:04


well I recently start learning English but before that I read book and hours riding.