We all have activities we like to do in our spare time whether it is a sport or a club you attend or something more unusual. One thing is for sure, when you are chatting to people in Spanish and trying to get to know them one of the key topics you will want to talk about is what you enjoy doing in your leisure time.
By learning how to talk about what you like doing in Spanish you will be able to engage in small talk and develop your conversational skills in the language. It will also help you connect with people who like similar activities and help you make friends.
In this blog post we will give you some key phrases to help you chat easily to native Spanish speakers about your hobbies and pastimes.
¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre?
First of all you will probably want to ask the other person what they like to do. The key question is:
¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre? – What do you do in your free time?
To make it more formal you would say:
¿Qué hace usted en su tiempo libre?
Me gusta – I like
The most useful verb you will need is, “Me gusta” – “I like”. This verb works differently to most verbs because you also need the initial pronoun to say who likes doing it.
Me gusta – I like
Te gusta – You like (1 person)
Le gusta – He/She likes
Nos gusta – We like
Os gusta – You like (2+)
Les gusta – They like
Another thing to remember with this verb is that if the thing that you like is plural, you need to add an “n” to “Gusta”:
e.g. Me gusta nadar – I like swimming (Literally: I like to swim)
e.g. Me gustan los deportes – I like sports
Other useful verbs that work in the same way as “Me gusta” are:
Me encanta – I love
To say that you really like doing something or that you love it, use, “Me encanta”. Again, if what you love is plural, add the “n”: Me encantan.
e.g. Me encanta correr – I love running
e.g. Me encantan los perros – I love dogs
Me interesa/n – I am interested in
This also works in the same way as “Me gusta” and “Me encanta”. Often people try to add “en” because they think they need to say “I am interested in …”. However you do not need “en” because you are literally saying “…. interests me”.
e.g. Me interesa la naturaleza. – I am interested in wildlife.
e.g. Me interesan las ciencias. – I am interested in science.
Other – useful phrases
En mi tiempo libre … – In my free time …
Mis pasatiempos son … – My hobbies are …
Los Deports – Sports
el fútbol – football
el rugby – rugby
el golf – golf
el cricket – cricket
el tenis – tennis
el baloncesto – basketball
nadar – to swim
la equitación – horseriding
montar a caballo – to ride a horse
esquiar – to ski
el ciclismo – cycling
montar en bicicleta – to ride a bike
el senderismo – hiking
hacer la vela – to do sailing
deportes acuáticos – watersports
yoga – yoga
jugar al + sport
e.g. Me gusta jugar al fútbol – I like playing football
Me gusta el fútbol – I like football
*Juego al fútbol – I play football
* jugar is a stem-changing verb, so the “u” changes to “ue” in the forms for “I”, “you”, “he/she” and “they”.
hacer – to do
For some individual sports you will need the verb, “hacer” – to do.
e.g. Me gusta hacer yoga – I like doing yoga.
la pesca – fishing
la jardinería – gardening
acampar – to camp
la naturaleza – nature/wildlife
Music / instruments
tocar – to play (an instrument)
el piano – piano
la guitarra – guitar
la batería – drums
escuchar – to listen
bailar – to dance
cantar – to sing
dibujar – to draw
pintar – to paint
escribir – to write
leer – to read
sacar fotos – to take photos
la fotografía – photography
cocinar – to cook
coser – to sew
tejer – to knit
el cine – the cinema
las películas románticas – romantic films
las películas de horror – horror films
las películas de ciencia-ficción – science-fiction films
las comedias – comedies
el teatro – the theatre
ir a los conciertos – to go to concerts
ir al teatro – to go to the theatre
ir de compras – to go shopping
jugar a las cartas – to play cards
coleccionar – to collect …
ajedrez – chess
jugar los videojuegos – to play computer games
navegar por internet – to surf the net
viajar – to travel
If you try to learn the correct Spanish phrases to describe what you like doing in your free time you will be able to talk easily to Spanish people about fun things that you enjoy. Hopefully there will be some things here for you to learn and chat to with a Spanish person soon.