How To Talk About Your Hobby

What’s your favourite hobby?

All of us have hobbies, whether it’s playing sports, reading books, listening to music, so on and so forth. Pursuing hobbies is a productive and engaging way to spend one’s time, which can also be a lot of fun! It can also be the perfect means to bond with new people who share the same interests as you. To that effect, we’re sure that all of you love to talk about your hobbies.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your partner understand why you love your hobby. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You’ve just met someone new at a party, and you’re trying to make friends with them. They have asked you what your hobbies are.*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we suggest, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.  

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is your hobby? – Reading books, Listening to music, Playing sports etc.
  2. How long have you had this hobby? – Since childhood, developed a few years ago etc.
  3. How do you pursue and fulfil this hobby? – Join sports teams, Buy books periodically etc.
  4. What do you like about your hobby? – Relaxing, Engaging, Exciting etc.
  5. Does your hobby grant you special skills? If so, what are they? – Better grasp of the language through reading, Improved hand-eye coordination through playing tennis etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your hobby.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on your hobby.

  1. Skills
  2. Talents
  3. Productivity
  4. Time
  5. Energy
  6. Passion
  7. Pursue
  8. Support
  9. Relaxation
  10. Reprieve
  11. Past-time
  12. Showcase
  13. Perform
  14. Results
  15. Feedback
  16. Praise

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Welcome reprieve
  2. Multifarious talents
  3. Supportive environment
  4. Encouraging feedback
  5. Promising outcomes
  6. Development of skills
  7. Inculcation of talents
  8. Improvement in productivity
  9. Proper use of time
  10. Personality development
  11. Passionate work
  12. Occasional past-time
  13. Relaxing activities
  14. Health benefits
  15. Self-care/Mental Health improvement

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up your hobby, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

I love reading books, it’s my favourite hobby!

Talk about what you do to facilitate your hobby – Here are 5 examples

  1. My yoga instructor comes home every day in the mornings to do yoga with me, it’s really refreshing.
  2. I’m a part of a book club at my local library, I attend meetings every Tuesday and Saturday.
  3. I go for a lot of open mics in restaurants, pubs etc. so I can practice my singing.
  4. I’ve joined the rock band in college, I play bass guitar, it’s great!
  5. I’m a part of my department’s cricket team, we organise matches once a month against other departments in the hospital, it’s loads of fun.

Give reasons for why you love your hobby – Here are five examples

  1. Yoga relaxes my body and calms my mind, giving me the strength I need to face my day.
  2. I love reading, as it is the perfect way for me to escape reality. I can always escape my problems between the pages of a book.
  3. I’d really like to hone my singing talent, I hope to be on The Voice someday.
  4. I love playing guitar because I’m quite good at it, I love composing tunes and coming up with variations and such. It’s so engaging.
  5. Cricket has been my favourite sport since childhood, whenever I play it, I get really nostalgic, as I am reminded of my school days.

End by asking your conversational partner about their hobbies

So, tell me about yourself. Do you have any hobbies?

A model answer would be as follows

I love reading books, it’s my favourite hobby! It is the perfect way for me to escape reality. I can always escape my problems between the pages of a book. My favourite authors are Blyton, Smith and Keenan. I love their writing style, they have a way with words that is truly beautiful. I’m a part of a book club at my local library, I attend meetings every Tuesday and Saturday. I enjoy it, it’s a lot of fun. Anyway, tell me about yourself. Do you have any hobbies?

Karen Niroshana

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