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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 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners! What do YOU do in your spare time? 

kiều anh
Wednesday at 9:31 pm
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I really like watching tv.

EnglishClass101.com
Thursday at 8:05 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

Team EnglishClass101.com

Eugen
Wednesday at 7:45 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 8:32 am
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Really useful,yes

EnglishClass101.comVerified
Monday at 9:56 pm
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Hello Nirmal,


Thank you for leaving the comment.


Looking forward to seeing you often here.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Nirmal
Wednesday at 1:48 pm
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Hi Gina!

I like playing cricket with my friends.

Felix
Monday at 12:35 pm
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Hi there,


the sentence 'i like watching film' and 'i like to watch film' both are correct.

so is there any particular situation we use each of those?

is it correct to assume that after word 'like' it should followed by xxx + ing ?


thank you, terima kasih

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Wednesday at 1:13 am
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Hello Ina,


Thank you for posting. I like watching movies, too! :D


Let us know if you have any questions.


Cheers,


Patricia

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ina
Monday at 10:19 pm
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and sttuf like that