What I do in my free time
When you are not at school, what do you do? Are you active? Do you do things outdoors? Do you do things alone or with people?
Imagine your Spanish speaking pen-pal was considering coming to visit you. She or he wants to know what you do in your free time so you have to write a letter explaining what you do.
Or perhaps you are thinking of visiting her/him. You need to communicate your hobbies and activities, and you need to know what s/he does in order to make your decision.
Or you might even be involved in a job interview for a bilingual position. You need to explain what you do in your free timeas part of the interview- en español.
The following is a list of activities, all
in the "yo" form- the equivalent to the English "I do" form. When
stating what you do, you need to use this form of the verb. (See
intro to verbs page.) This is different than when we did the
and dislikes. We used the "infinitive there.
|ando (por la playa, por el biosque, etc.)||I walk [stroll, wander] (along the beach, through the woods, etc.)|
|asisto a (fiestas, conciertos, clases etc.)||I go to [attend] (parties, concerts, classes, etc.)|
|ayudo a (mi madre, mis mis amigos, etc.)||I help (my mother, my friends, etc.)|
|camino (al centro, a la playa, etc.)||I walk to (downtown, to the beach, etc.)|
|causo problemas||I cause trouble|
|como (bocados, pizza, etc.)||I eat (snacks, pizza, etc.)|
|cuido a niños||I take care of [watch, babysit] children|
|echo una siesta||I take a nap|
|escalo los montes||I climb mountains|
|escribo (cartas, poemas, etc.)||I write (letters, poems, etc.)|
|escucho música||I listen to music|
|esquio acuático||I waterski|
|hablo por teléfono||I talk on the phone|
|hago ejercicios||I do exercises|
|juego (juegos, videojuegos, deportes, etc.)||I play (games, video games, sports, etc.)|
|meriendo||I snack, picnic|
|monto (a caballo, en bicicleta, la moto, etc.)||I ride (h orse, a bike, a motorcycle, etc.)|
|navego internet||I surf (the 'net)|
|paseo en (barco, coche, etc.)||I go for a ride in (a boat, a car, etc.)|
|paso tiempo (en el centro, con amigos, etc.)||I spend time (downtown, with friends, etc.)|
|patino (en hielo, en ruedas)||I skate (on ice, on wheels)|
|practico deportes||I play (practice) sports|
|subo (las montañas, los árboles, etc.)||I climb (mountains, trees, etc.)|
|toco (un instrumento, música, etc.)||I play (an instrument, music, etc.)|
|tomo lecciones (de piano, de programación, etc.)||I take lessons (piano, programming, etc.)|
|tomo el sol||I sunbathe|
|veo (la televisión, películas, etc.)||I watch [view] (TV, movies, etc.)|
|voy (al cine, al restaurante, etc.)||I go (to the movies, to the restaurant, etc.)|
|voy de compras||I go shopping|
|voy de pescas||I go fishing|
As you are probably aware, you will only learn this vocabulary if you use it. Therefore, you need to do some activities that will help you learn it.
for these activities- Spanish > English. Sort them by: know/don't
know; do/don't do; enjoy/don't enjoy; etc. Categorize by time when
you do the activity, with whom, where, etc.
Other expressions you should know and use when talking about your activities
a menudo, con frecuencia
de vez en cuando
Answer the following in Spanish, even though the questions are in English. Choose the correct activity(ies) from the list and add where, when and/or with whom (Scroll down past the activities to the when, where and with whom sections.) you do the activities.
What do you do.....
Make a list of activities (10+) that you do, and find out who else also does them by reading the activity and following it up with "¿y tú?". You can do this by speaking face to face, on the phone or even by writing- paper or e-mail. Communicate!
the following questions in Spanish. You will notice the verb form
is different, it is the "tú" ("Do you?") form. Make sure you
answer in a complete sentence using the correct "yo" form (from the list).
Querido don Carlos,
Hay mucho que hago cuando tengo tiempo. Después de las clases usualmente........
You should feel fairly comfortable discussing your free-time activities now in Spanish. ¡Buena suerte!