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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 likes 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.)
bailo I dance
camino (al centro, a la playa, etc.) I walk to (downtown, to the beach, etc.)
canto I sing
causo problemas I cause trouble
como (bocados, pizza, etc.) I eat (snacks, pizza, etc.)
conduzco I drive
cuido a niños I take care of [watch, babysit] children
duermo I sleep
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 I ski
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.)
leo I read
meriendo I snack, picnic
monto (a caballo, en bicicleta, la moto, etc.) I ride (h orse, a bike, a motorcycle, etc.)
nado I swim
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
trabajo I work
veo  (la televisión, películas, etc.) I watch [view] (TV, movies, etc.)
viajo I travel
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.

Make flashcards 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

expresión española
usualmente, regularmente, generalmente, normalmente

a menudo, con frecuencia

de vez en cuando

a veces

raras veces


usually (etc.)



sometimes (occasionally)



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!

Answer 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).

Now imagine you were writing to your pen pal, and you were describing your free-time activities.  Pretend I'm your pen-pal, and send me the letter by e-mailMake sure you are discussing the specifics- with whom, where, when, etc.

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!