Languages › French French Vocabulary: Hobbies, Sports, and Games Learn to speak about your favorite pastimes in French Share Flipboard Email Print Languages 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 favoris Sports > des sports Games > 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 échecs To 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 jardinage To 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) Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation ThoughtCo. "French Vocabulary: Hobbies, Sports, and Games." ThoughtCo, Jan. 29, 2020, thoughtco.com/french-vocabulary-lesson-hobbies-sports-games-4079594. ThoughtCo. (2020, January 29). French Vocabulary: Hobbies, Sports, and Games. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/french-vocabulary-lesson-hobbies-sports-games-4079594 ThoughtCo. "French Vocabulary: Hobbies, Sports, and Games." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/french-vocabulary-lesson-hobbies-sports-games-4079594 (accessed April 14, 2021). copy citation How to Talk Sports in French French Vocabulary Related to Soccer and the World Cup French Vocabulary: At the Dentist All About the Major French Verb Faire À la plage – beach vacation French vocabulary How to Conjugate 'Jouer' (To Play) Telling Time in French French Vocabulary: At the Hotel French Vocabulary Lesson: Banking and Money French Vocabulary: Driving and Cars French Vocabulary: On the Phone Use the French Verb 'Faire' to 'Turn a Deaf Ear' or 'Act Like a Child' French Vocabulary Guide: Parts of the Body Tips to Improve Your French Vocabulary The Top Learning Resources Self-Studying French Learn to Correctly Pronounce the French Words 'Au' and 'Eau'