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Welcome to EnglishClass101.com’s “British English in Three Minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English.
Hey everyone, Gina here!
In this series, we’re going to learn some easy ways to ask and answer common questions in English. It’s really useful, and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to ask what someone’s hobbies are - without using the word “hobbies”!
You’ve probably seen the question, “Do you have any hobbies?”, or “What are your hobbies?” in an English textbook before.
However, native English speakers almost never use the word “hobbies” when asking about them!
A much more natural way to ask the same question is:
“What do you do for fun?”
Let’s practice this question.
“What do you do for fun?”
(slowly) “What do you do for fun?”
You can also ask:
“What do you do in your spare time?”
(slowly) “What do you do in your spare time?”
So how would you answer this question? Let’s look at how native speakers would do it!
The easiest way is to say:
“I like to...” or just “I like...” followed by what you like to do.
For example, if you like watching films, you could say:
“I like to watch films.” or “I like watching films.”
(slow) “I like to watch films.” or “I like watching films.”
And if you like golf, you could say:
“I like to play golf” or “I like playing golf”.
(low) “I like to play golf” or “I like playing golf.”
You can emphasize how much you like your hobby by adding a word like “really” in front of “like”.
For example: “I really like watching films.”
On the other hand, if you want to play down how much you like something, you can say “kind of”.
For example: “I kind of like playing tennis.”
Now it’s time for Gina’s Tips!
If you don’t have any special hobbies, or don’t want to be specific, a good way to reply is:
“I like spending time with my friends, and stuff like that.”
(slow) “I like spending time with my friends, and stuff like that.”
Just use “I like...”
and add “spending time with my friends”, and then add: “and stuff like that.”
How do you answer the question: Where are you from? It doesn’t even have a verb! We’ll cover this and more in the next British English in 3 Minutes lesson.
See you next time!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! What do YOU do in your spare time? 

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Tuesday at 11:09 AM
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Hi there Luis,


Two great hobbies there!


Thanks so much for sharing those with us!


We are constantly updating the lessons on our site so please stay tuned! 👍


Kindly,

Éva

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Luis
Monday at 07:19 AM
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I like to cook and play poker. 😎

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Tuesday at 09:37 AM
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Hello Petr,


You're very welcome and a big welcome from the Czech Republic! It's great to have you here! 👍


I'm happy to know you're finding EnglishClass101 so useful, and I wish you the best in your studies.


Don't hesitate to let us know if you need anything! 😄


Cheers,

Éva

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Petr Musil
Saturday at 10:10 PM
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Hi


My name it's Petr


My original country is Czech Republic


I want to say Thank you so much for this posibylity to learn english course for any space It's very nice madeit this course



Have a nice day

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Thursday at 06:06 PM
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Hello Kieu,


Thank you for the post!


In case of any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Cheers,

Éva

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kiều anh
Wednesday at 09:31 PM
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I really like watching tv.

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Thursday at 08:05 PM
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Hi there @Eugen, @Nikhil and @Wang,


Thanks for your posts!


@Eugen - it's not possible to do that through our site, although there are some websites that will be able to convert video files to audio :) Great idea!


@Nikhil - "kind of" means 'rather' or 'quite' - it is used to describe when something is almost like something else, or a small amount. It can be used to compare. For example, "the colour of your eyes is kind of like the blue in the sky."


I hope this is helpful to you!


Cheers,

Eva

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Eugen
Wednesday at 07:45 PM
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Is it possible to download video lessons as audio files?


It would be easier to listen to the lesson as I commute to work.


Thank you.

Nikhil
Tuesday at 10:58 AM
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Hey,would you please tell me when to use "kind of"?I didn't get what she said....

Wang
Monday at 08:32 AM
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Really useful,yes