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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Language level

A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

Submitted by Pola on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 17:55

Oh, not much, but I've recently started watching documentary videos and I practice it most evenings and at weekends, but if I really busy it's hard to find time to do it more than that.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 09:40

watching movies and reading novels

Submitted by Shiv on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 11:41

I Have started recently learning English language in my free time. Because i am really feeling occurred because my speaking is not well as others. I would try to speak English fluently. So when ever I get time using in learning English .how to talk people and how to understand the way of their speaking.

Submitted by manuloco on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 01:03

I've recently started play guitar for more time. I practice it more than twice a day for all week.

Submitted by Lena on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 17:59

Hi! I've got a question. In the video Emir says 'It's hard to find time' but in the task 3 we find the same phrase with the definite article in it ('It's hard to find THE time'). So why that?

Hi Lena,

These are both fixed expressions and you can use either form with no difference in meaning. It's purely a question of personal preference.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ugulhan on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 09:03

I've recently started learning English hard. I hope I do that. I practice it more than twice a week.
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Submitted by shelly on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 10:33

When I am not working, usually I study English for at least half an hour and do some exercise especially Yoga, because I like English and Yoga so much. Then sometimes I pay with my daughter or go outside for a short walk. At weekends I do some shopping in the mall or in the supermarket or go out for a short trip with my family.

Submitted by fariba on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 10:50

i watch TV , read books ,see movies and call my family.

Submitted by Sahayb on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 18:25

Hi I have question why Ana say word often with t ? I hope you’re understanding me and thank you

Hello Sahayb,

When the word 'to' is not stressed in natural connected speech it is often pronounced in this way. In fact, Ana's speech is a good model for this and if you listen carefully and try to speak in a similar way it will help you develop a natural English rhythm in your speech.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Saish on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 09:53

I have started recently learning German language in my free time. Since i have clients who are mostly speaking German language, I thought I should learn the language for better communication. I often spend an hour or so daily for learning the language. I am really enjoying the learning process, the language is beautiful and learning it with having known English helps me a lot.

Submitted by Rinaa on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 22:54

When I'm not working usually I go for swimming. I started to swim recently, and I found it so helpful for everyday stress and back pain. I have loved swimming since I was child, but unfortunately, I live in country without sea, so having swimming as hobby cost a lot. But now that I work, I set aside some money every month to pay my swimming fee. Also, I love to watch American series, but I can hardly find time to watch them especially during weekdays. The work is consuming me and taking all my time. And novels are my addiction, i try to read at least one per week.

Submitted by Cyrus Kiran on Tue, 11/08/2020 - 11:53

I usually play with my dog. And, I also like watching movies.

Submitted by Shamar on Mon, 10/08/2020 - 00:37

When I not working, I play with my kid. sometimes I use this app and play sudoku. It’s very interesting you know.

Submitted by hninhninayekyu on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 15:00

When I am not working, I usually give my time to my child. I love to play with him. We do some exercises together in the evening. Sometimes, we go outside for walking. At weekends, my family go outside for shopping or outdoor activities.

Submitted by AMANI148 on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 17:50

I recently started to learn sew from youtube. So I sew three dresses for my daughters and skirt .It was so intersting and I learned from that the patience and happiness . I mean promotes mental health, desire to creativity and feeling proud . I hope to be professional to make my daughters clothes special.

Submitted by M19 on Sat, 01/08/2020 - 08:04

Usually, I have to check mails and chat on Facebook. I do this mostly in the evenings after work because there is less interruption and more free time than in the morning. Otherwise, I make sure to spend wisely every opportunity that I find when out of work and do a lot more than just being online. Most of that time I use it on my favourite things like reading, watching TV shows, going for walks, doing shopping and sometimes eating out alone or with friends. Other than that, I always make sure to get enough rest by sleeping or just relaxing at home.

Submitted by Kinki on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 08:05

I recently started practising my speaking skills in English. Also, I like making handmade skincare products in m y spare time.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 17:02

Honestly, I don't have enough time to do a lot but I try to find a little for reading most evenings. I can't imagine my life without books. For me, it's like an addiction. So books in free time for sure. If there are any interesting sport events, I like to watch some on TV. I prefer football, tennis, formula-1 and biathlon. I used to watch sports a lot when I didn't have kids but now they take all my time. And films! I try to watch at least one new film a week. Not bad, actually, for a small quantity of spare time that I have.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 18:55

When I have spare time, I usually read my favorite books, listen to music, and study English. It's so relaxing.

Submitted by Asni on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 12:48

I'm currently not working. With the baby, I'm busy most of the time, though. When I find some spare time, either I go to the fitness gym or I study English.
Me too. And when my baby goes to bed, I usually read my favorite books, listen to music and study English. It's relaxing.

Submitted by thihazaw on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 10:27

When I'm not working I've recently started talking with my family

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 21:35

When I'm not working, I like to read, watch a movie and learn English

Submitted by abudo93 on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 19:05

When I'm not working I talk to my best friends, Mustafa, Hussein,Tawfiq, Tariq and Mohammad or research to something to do as writing an article and browse facebook app.

Submitted by Mohamed Fawzy on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 00:54

Love it, and I started to feel like it's a series!! Great job, Thank you guys!! :)