Change the words in italics using the expressions given below:

What is you hobby, Bill?

My hobby is cooking. I enjoy it very much.

sports, motoring, music, dancing, collecting postage stamps, reading, fishing, football

They say you are a famous collector. What do you collect (if it isn´t a secret)?

I collect postage stamps.

post-card, old coins, badges of different countries, match-box labels, old books

What do you usually do in the evening?

I usually stay at home cooking and washing up.

watching television, playing chess with X., reading books and papers, listening to records, making things of wood

Why did you choose hiking as a hobby?

It´s difficult to answer. It seems healthy.

reading, skiing, carpentry, fishing, travelling; interesting, useful, practical, instructive, entertaining

Make up the sentences from the word-combinations using the Complex Object:


wife — to cook

- My wife likes (doesn´t like) me cooking.

Jill — to work in the garden;

parents — to study hard;

mother — to help;

wife — to leave her alone;

Kate — to send letters to her friends;

chief — to come late every morning;

wife — to make different things of wood;

Jill — to kiss her every morning;

mother — to collect old bottles.

React to the statements you hear (your responses being exclamations, questions, requests, suggestions etc.)

MODEL: I like painting.

What a fine pastime!

Do you paint in oil?

Please show me you pictures.

I think you´ll become famous.

I collect knives.

I´m fond of reading.

I collect postage stamps.

I go in for sports.

My elder daughter has a rather big collection of old coins.

My hobby is music and dance.

Translate the following questions into English:

Чим Ви захоплюєтесь?

Які Ваші уподобання?

Я захоплююсь музикою.

Я дуже полюбляю спорт, особливо зимові види: ковзани, лижі.

Після роботи я люблю зустрічатися з друзями.

Я часто граю в шахи зі своїм сином.

Скільки книг XVII ст. у Вашій колекції? - Біля 300.

Я захоплююсь фотографією. Куди б я не поїхав, я беру із собою фотокамеру.

Я люблю розводити квіти.

Я прихильник театру і часто ходжу туди зі своїми друзями.

5) Read and translate the following dialogues. Try to retell them.

What is your hobby, Peter?

I collect books published in the XVIIIth century.

How very interesting! Have you got many in your collection?

There are almost eight hundred of them.

Quite a number, I should say! I wonder whether you manage to read them all.

In a way, yes, but reading is not essential. It´s the process of collecting itself that matters (that interests me).

What is your favourite pastime, Boris?

Fishing. I enjoy fishing very much.

Do you often go fishing?

Well, yes. I make it a point of spending a few hours by the river eve

ry weekend.

What are the most common hobbies of Englishmen?

Well, it isn´t an easy question. Many of them like sports and games, others, gardening or collecting different things. As for me, I enjoy carpentry, just making shelves, boxes, stools and so on.

Your hobby seems to be both interesting and useful for the house. Your wife must like your pastime, eh?

Oh, yes. When I come home after work she´s ready to give some «others» to repair this or that.

What do you usually do after work, Susan?

Oh, a lot of things. There´s always a lot of work to do about the house, washing up, doing the rooms, mending clothes.

No, I don´t mean that. What´s your favourite pastime?

Again — nothing very special. Sometimes I read a little, watch TV or listen to. When Jane calls, we go to the cinema very seldom, through, to the theatre.

I see. What about dancing? Do you like it?

Oh, very. Actually I´m crazy about dancing. Do you mean to say we´ll go to a dance?

Yes, I´d like to. There´s a very good hall at the College Club.

6) Role-play the following situations:

You ask your new friend how he/she spends his/her free time.

You have a talk with English student about hobbies and favourite pastimes of young people.

Tasts differ. Can you say the same about hobbies?