Languages › French French Vocabulary: Hobbies, Sports, and Games Learn to speak about your favorite pastimes in French Share Flipboard Email Print Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated May 10, 2018 Many people have a favorite pastime or two, including sports, games, or other hobbies. Since you are studying French, learn how to talk about your favorites as you expand your vocabulary in the realm of fun activities. When you have completed this lesson, continue to expand your sports vocabulary and have even more fun. Hobby, Sports, and Games The specific translations for the terms hobby, sports, and games are as follows: Hobby > le passe-temps favorisSports > des sportsGames > jeux Expand your French vocabulary related to these terms by perusing the tables below. In the tables, the word is presented first in English in the left column to make it easier to find the term you need. The French translation for each term is listed in the right column. Many of the French words are linked to audio files. Simply click on the link to listen to the correct pronunciation of the term. Sports, Games and "To Play" Many of the terms in this section are similar to the English words with which you are already familiar. To speak about the action of playing these sports, use the verb jouer au (to play) before the name of the sport, as in: To play chess > jouer aux échecsTo play basketball > jouer au basket English French basketball le basket football le football américain soccer le football or le foot hockey le hockey tennis le tennis chess les échecs Hobbies and "To Make/Do" This next set of activities includes sports, hobbies, and other things you might do in your free time. The one thing that they have in common is that they use the verb faire (to make or to do). In most cases, you will combine the verb faire de with the noun, as in: To garden > faire du jardinageTo ride a bike > faire du vélo However, in some instances, you have the option of using a form of the noun itself when you speak about performing that activity. Those special cases are noted in the fourth column of the chart. For instance, you can say faire la cuisine or cuisiner, which both mean "to cook." English French Noun Use with Or use biking le cyclisme, le vélo faire de cooking la cuisine faire cuisiner gardening le jardinage faire de jardiner hiking la randonnée faire de hunting la chasse faire chasser jogging le jogging faire de reading la lecture faire lire sailing la voile faire skiing le ski faire de skier swimming la natation faire de nager television (TV) la télévision (la télé) regarder wrestling la lutte faire de lutter Other Hobbies and Verbs The following activities use verbs other than jouer au and faire. The same rules apply to this set as has been discussed previously, as in this phrase: To go fishing >- aller à pêcher or pêcher English French Noun Use with Or use dancing la danse danser fishing la pêche aller à (to go) pêcher television (TV) la télévision (la télé) regarder (to watch) a movie un film regarder (to watch) music la musique écouter (to listen), jouer de (to play) Continue Reading From Golf to Basketball, Here's How to Talk Sports in French French Vocabulary Related to Soccer and the World Cup How to Tell Time in French 'Jouer' Is a Playful French Verb You Should Know French Vocabulary Guide: Parts of the Body Learn How to Speak to Your Dentist in French How to Conjugate the Important French Verb Faire What Does Bon Voyage Mean? Can You Have a Phone Conversation in French? Take a Drive and Do It in French How to Best Use My "Learn French In Context" Lessons If You're Learning French by Yourself, Use These Self-Study Resources Tips to Improve Your French Vocabulary French for Beginners: Lessons and Tips How to Conjugate the Verb "Skier" ("to Ski")? Do You Know the Difference Between 'À' and 'De?'