Hobbies In Spanish: 31+ Easy Words & Phrases

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Would you like to learn how to talk about your hobbies in Spanish? Speaking about hobbies and leisure is one of the most common communicative activities when learning a new language. This is because when we talk about our hobbies, we use vocabulary and implement some grammatical concepts to structure our sentences and communicate our ideas. Furthermore, from a social perspective, speaking about our hobbies allows us to express who we are and share our interests with our native Spanish-speaking friends. For these and other reasons, we bring practical words and phrases to help you effectively talk about your hobbies in Spanish. Vamos a comenzar!

Vocabulary For Hobbies In Spanish

As we already know, we first need to know the related terms to talk about any topic. Therefore, we will learn different words related to leisure activities in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishSound
HobbyPasatiempo
LeisureOcio
Free timeTiempo libre
WritingEscribir
KnittingTejer
SewingCoser
DrawingDibujar
Listening to musicEscuchar música
ReadingLeer
PaintingPintar
SwimmingNadar
SingingCantar
DancingBailar
CyclingCiclismo
HikingSenderismo
RunningCorrer
Playing soccerJugar fútbol
Playing tennisJugar tenis
ExercisingHacer ejercicio
CookingCocinar
BakingHornear
PhotographyFotografía
FishingPescar
SurfingSurfear
GardeningJardinería
Learning new languagesAprender idiomas
Playing video gamesJugar videojuegos
SkateboardingHacer skate
Horseback ridingMontar a caballo
Playing musical instrumentsTocar instrumentos musicales

Quick Grammar Note: Likes And Dislikes In Spanish

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When talking about our hobbies, we usually mention the things we like to do. For this purpose, we need to use the verb “gustar,” which means “to like.” This verb can express that you “like something” or “like to do something,” as in the case of hobbies. Previously we mentioned that this verb has the particularity that it is used with indirect object pronouns. 

EnglishSpanishSound
I likeMe gusta
You like (informal)Te gusta
You like (formal)Le gusta
He/ She likesLe gusta
We likeNos gusta
You like (plural)Les gusta
They likeLes gusta

Examples:

  • Me gusta tocar instrumentos musicales. (I like playing musical instruments.)
  • Me gusta montar a caballo. (I like to ride horseback.)
  • Me gusta ir al cine. ( I like going to the movies.)

If you want to talk about things you don’t like or don’t like to do, you have to add the word “no” before the indirect object pronoun, and that’s it.

  • No me gusta tocar instrumentos musicales. (I don’t like playing musical instruments.)
  • No me gusta montar a caballo. (I don’t like to ride horseback.)
  • No me gusta ir al cine. ( I don’t like going to the movies.)

Verb Disfrutar (To Enjoy)

Another verb you can use to discuss your preferences is “disfrutar.” You can use it instead of “gustar” if you want to express that you enjoy an event or activity.

EnglishSpanishSound
I enjoyYo disfruto
You enjoyTú disfrutas
You enjoy (formal)Usted disfruta
He enjoysÉl disfruta
She enjoysElla disfruta
We enjoyNosotros disfrutamos
You enjoy (plural)Ustedes disfrutan
They enjoyEllos disfrutan

Examples:

  • Yo disfruto jugar tenis. (I enjoy playing tennis.)
  • Él disfruta pintar. (He enjoys painting.)
  • Nosotros disfrutamos salir a comer. (We enjoy going out to eat.)

Negative form

Examples:

  • No disfruto las películas de terror. (I don’t enjoy horror movies.)
  • Ella no disfruta el baile. (She doesn’t enjoy dancing.)
  • Mi padre no disfruta las fiestas. (My father does not enjoy parties.)
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Estar Interesado (To Be Interested)

Another way to express preferences or interest in an activity is to use the verb “interesar” in combination with the verb “ser.”

EnglishSpanishSound
I am interestedEstoy interesada
You are interestedTú estás interesado
You are interested (formal)Usted está interesado
He’s interestedÉl está interesado
She is interestedElla está interesada
We are interestedNosotros estamos interesados
You are interested (plural)Ustedes están interesados
They are interestedEllos están interesados

Examples:

  • Estoy interesada en el arte. (I am interested in art.)
  • Mi hermana está interesada en la literature. (My sister is interested in literature.)
  • Nosotros estamos interesados en el teatro de los años 20. (We are interested in the theater of the 1920s.)

Phrases To Talk About Your Hobbies In Spanish

Now that you know the vocabulary and how to use the verb “gustar” to express your likes and dislikes, let’s look at some useful phrases.

EnglishSpanish
What do you like to do in your free time?¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo libre?
What is your favorite hobby?¿Cuál es tu pasatiempo favorito?
Do you like to play sports?¿Te gusta practicar deportes?
I like ______________Me gusta ______________
I like _____________Me gusta _____________
I’m interested in ______________Estoy interesado en ______________
I really like ______________Me gusta mucho ______________

¡Ya está! Now you can combine the words we learned above and the blanks in the phrases to talk about your hobbies and preferences in Spanish easily and fluently. Ready to learn more?

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