Hobbies and leisure are one of the first things you learn to talk about in a foreign language because you can use it to get to know other people and what they’re interested in. So we’ve compiled a list of questions regarding leisure, hobbies and holidays that you can use to practise talking about these topics.
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If you already have a language partner then take a look at these questions and get started practising leisure, hobbies and holidays with your partner. And remember to answer why to the questions you’re asked.
Leisure and activities
- What type of films do you usually like to watch?
- What types of books do you usually like to read?
- What type of series do you like to watch?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- What sports do you like to do?
- Do you go running in your free time?
- Who do you like to spend your free time with?
- How much free time do you get each week?
- Do you think you get enough free time?
- Would you like more free time?
- Do you think you could be busier?
- How do you like to organise your time?
- What sweets and drinks do you like to order at the cinema?
- Do you do different activities with your girl friends to with your boy friends?
Leisure and activities – past tense
- When was the last time you went to the cinema?
- What was the last film you saw?
- What was the last book you read?
- What did you do to relax yesterday?
- What was the last sport you did?
- Who was the last friend you saw? What did you do?
Leisure and activities – the conditional tense
- If you could play any sport, what sport would you play?
- If you could be good at any musical instrument, which one would you like to play?
- If you could speak any language with no effort, which language would you speak?
- If you had free time right now what would you want to do?
- If you could have written any book what would you want to have written?
- If you could star in any movie, which movie would you like to star in?
- If you could be good at any activity what would you want to be good at?
- If you could win any competition, which competition would you like to win?
Love and romance
- Where did you go on the last date you went on?
- Where do you like to go on a date?
- Do you think it’s better if the man pays for the date or the woman?
- Who was the last person you went on a date with and how did it go?
- Tell me about your last date?
- What would be your ideal date?
- Have you ever dated more than one person at the same time? How did it go?
- What do you look for in a romantic partner?
- What is a major turn off from a potential partner?
- How long do you think you should wait before you kiss someone on a date?
- How long do you think you should wait before you sleep with someone on a date?
- Do you prefer to be drunk or sober on a date?
- Have you dated people from other countries? Do they do anything differently to the men/women in your country?
- If you could go on a date with any famous person, who would you like to go with?
- Do you prefer to receive/give flowers or chocolates?
- Do you like to celebrate valentine’s day or do you think it’s corny?
- Would you like to get married? If so/not then why/ why not?
- Where do you usually go on holiday?
- What is the best holiday you’ve ever gone on?
- Where would you like to go on holiday?
- If you could visit any country in the world where would you go?
- Where are you going on your next holiday?
- Do you prefer hotels or air bnbs?
- Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
- Do you prefer the city or the countryside?
- Do you like to organise your own activities or book through a tour company?
- What do you usually do on holiday?
- Do you prefer to relax or do activities when you’re on holiday?
- Who do you usually go on holiday with?
- Do you prefer holidays to hot countries or to cold countries?
- When you’re on holiday do you like to eat the local food or do you prefer to find tourist restaurants?
- If you could go on holiday with anyone who would you go with?
- Do you like to speak the local language when you go on holiday?
- Do you prefer all inclusive or self catered?
- What’s the furthest away county that you’ve ever visited?
- What has been your best holiday?
- What has been your worst holiday?
We hope you’ve found our questions about leisure and holidays for practising english useful. If you want to practise any other topics then check out our following resources:
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Good luck and remember if you make mistakes when you’re speaking English, that’s absolutely fine. Just learn from those mistakes and try again.