Hobbies Vocabulary

Which activities would you like to do?

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Speaking about hobbies is an important part of any English class. As with any activity, hobbies can have lots of jargon, specific expressions, and idioms related to the particular hobby. This guide to hobbies vocabulary will help learners discuss hobbies using a wider range of vocabulary for more precision. Learn vocabulary in groups arranged by hobby types. 

Hobbies Vocabulary Study List

Discover with your partner each of the hobby types below.

If you don't know the hobby, look the hobby up the hobby on the internet to discover photos and other clues to learn about that hobby. Try to use each hobby type in a short sentence to explain the hobby.

Collecting

Arts & Crafts

Model & Electronic

Action Figures
Antiques
Autograph Collecting
Car Collecting
Coin Collecting
Comic Books
Concert Posters
Doll Collecting
Fine Art Collecting
Hot Wheel and Matchbox Cars
Manga
Movie Memorabilia
Music Memorabilia
Spoon Collecting
Sports Collectibles
Sports Trading Cards
Stamp Collecting
Vinyl Records
Watch Collecting
Gun and Pistols

Animation
Architecture
Calligraphy
Candle Making
Crochet
Film Making
Gardening
Jewelry Making
Origami
Photography
Sewing
Sculpting
Ceramics / Pottery
Fashion Design
Floristry
Graffiti
Knitting
Paper Airplanes
Painting and Drawing
Quilting
Scrapbooking
Woodworking
Tattoo
Ham Radio
RC Boats
RC Cars
RC Helicopters
RC Planes
Robotics
Scale Models
Model Cars
Model Airplanes
Model Railroading
Model Rockets
Model Ship / Boat Kits

Performing Arts

Music

Food & Drink

Dancing
Ballet
Break Dancing
Line Dancing
Salsa
Swing
Tango
Waltz
Acting
Juggling
Magic Tricks
Puppetry
Stand Up Comedy
Banjo
Bass Guitar
Cello
Clarinet
Drum Set
French Horn
Guitar
Harmonica
Oboe
Piano / Keyboard
Trumpet
Trombone
Violin
Viola
Rapping
Singing
Start A Band
Bar tending
Beer Brewing
Beer Tasting
Cigar Smoking
Cheese Tasting
Coffee Roasting
Competitive Eating
Cooking
Liquor Distillation
Hookah Smoking
Spirits / Liquor Tasting
Sushi Making
Tea Drinking
Wine Making
Wine Tasting
Sake Tasting
Grilling

Pets

Games

Cats
Dogs
Parrots
Rabbits
Reptiles
Rodents
Snakes
Turtles
Fishkeeping
Arcade Games
Ball and Jacks
Billiards / Pool
Board Games
Bridge
Card Games
Card Tricks
Chess
Dominoes
Foosball
Geocaching
Jigsaw Puzzles
Kite Flying / Making
Mah Jong
Pinball Machines
Poker
Table Tennis - Ping Pong
Video Games

Individual Sports

Team Sports

Martial Arts

Outdoor Activities

Board Sports

Motor Sports

Archery
Acrobatics
Badminton
Bodybuilding
Bowling
Boxing
Croquet
Cycling
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Fencing
Horseback Riding
Ice Skating
Inline Skating
Pilates
Running
Swimming
Squash
Tai Chi
Tennis
Weight Training
Yoga
basketball
baseball
football
cricket
volleyball
soccer
water polo
Aikido
Jiu Jitsu
Judo
Karate
Kung Fu
Taekwondo
Birdwatching
Camping
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Kayak and Canoe
Mountain Biking
Mountain climbing
Paintball
River Rafting
Rock Climbing
Sailing
Scuba Diving
Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Kitesurfing
Skateboarding
Skiing
Snowboarding
Surfing
Windsurfing
Autoracing
Go Karts
Motocross
Motorcycle - Touring
Motorcycle Stunts
Off Road Driving
Snowmobiling

 

Hobbies Vocabulary Exercises

Use one of the hobby types to fill in the gap in the descriptions below.

collecting
models and electronics
performing arts
food & drink
games
individual sports
team sport
martial arts
outdoor activity 
board sports
motor sports

  1. __________ requires you to find as many as possible of one type of thing such as baseball cards, or vinyl records.
  2. Arcade _____ include pinball machines and a wide variety of computer games that are played in a large room.
  3. You play a ________ if you play basketball, soccer or water polo.
  4. Snowboarding and windsurfing are types of ____________.
  5. If you like bar tending and cooking you look _________.
  6. Head to the mountains to enjoy _________ such as kayaking, river rafting and rafting. 
  7. ___________ such as snowmobiling and go karts can be rather expensive, especially if you don't know how to repair vehicles. 
  8. Some people prefer ______________ rather than team sports. These include boxing, fencing and golf. 
  9. People all over the world practice ________ such as Kung Fu and Aikido. 
  10. _________________ often include building your own model. 
  1. People who sing, act or dance participate in the _______________. 

Answers

  1. collecting
  2. model and electronics
  3. performing arts
  4. food & drink
  5. games
  6. individual sports
  7. team sport
  8. martial arts
  9. outdoor activity 
  10. board sports
  11. motor sports

Match the hobby or activity to the definition. In some cases, a number of hobbies may be correct.

  1. This is a type of dancing that comes from Vienna.
  2. This is an activity that involves smoking something that looks like a long, brown stick.
  3. This is an activity that involves making small reproductions of airplanes.
  4. You play this instrument with a bow.
  5. In order to keep these pets you shouldn't be queasy.
  6. This is an individual sport that can calm you, as well as keep you in shape.
  7. You might climb Everest if you do this hobby.
  8. Ride a motorized vehicle with two wheels for this hobby.
  9. If you collect this type of comic book, you might need to read Japanese.
  10. This hobby involves telling jokes.
  11. You must know poker and blackjack if you do this hobby.
  12. You must have a good relationship with animals to participate in this sport.
  13. This martial art comes from Korea.
  14. Fly down the snowy hill on a board with this hobby.
  15. Your partner will be stuffed if you take up this hobby.

Answers

  1. Waltz
  2. Cigar smoking
  3. Model airplanes
  4. Violin / Viola / Cello
  5. Rodents / Snakes / Reptiles
  6. Yoga / Tai Chi / Pilates
  7. Mountain climbing
  8. Motocross / Motorcycle - Touring / Motorcycle Stunts
  9. Manga
  10. Stand up comedy
  11. Card games
  12. Horseback riding
  13. Taekwondo
  14. Snowboarding / Skiing
  15. Cooking

Using Hobby Vocabulary in Class

Here are a two suggestions on how you can use this list in classroom activities. If you don't attend an English class, you can certainly use these ideas on your own and with English learning friends.

Give a Presentation

  • Ask students to choose a hobby they'd like to learn.
  • Ask students to develop a presentation on the hobby using PowerPoint or other slide show.  
  • Extend the presentation by asking students to come up with their own gap fill activity to test fellow students on their presentation.

20 Questions

  • Ask students to choose a hobby they know well.
  • Have students get into small groups of three or four.
  • Each student takes a turn. Other students should ask yes/no questions to find out the hobby in a game of 20 questions.