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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! 



Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


when I'm not working. read books. use internet, check my emails. check facebook.
I sometimes sat with myself and doing a meditation to review my dreams and set up my goals in the current life
Looking at problems and try to work it out

When I am not working, I study English, do workout, watch movies and surfing the internet.

When I'm not working, I've chatted with my family, and recently I've started to study English with your website.
Thank you for your help.

When I am not working I am teaching economics. It is so hard to find more time for my family, for my friends, for rest, so I week up very early for that.

That's really awesome, I recently started to study economy again, also I'm from the Dominican Republic.

When i'm not working, i watch movies in my phone or my computer or on tv with my parents, i listen to music and after that, i prepare my courses.

I practise English every morning and I read books most evenings, but after watching the video, I will meditate again.

Most probably when I am not working, I will do exercise in the evening. In the morning I will collect some useful articles from newspaper and I kept that for my references.

I'm always really tired too, because I'm recently working a lot!

I really don't have much free time, but when I can I like watching tourism videos on Youtube. Also, I try to improve my English.