Our spare time is very valuable and many people like to take up hobbies or have interests in things such as photography or drawing. Just how do you tell others what you like to do in your spare time?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(1) How to tell others what your hobbies and spare time interests are

(2) How to ask others what they like to do when free for a while

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast

摄影:taking photographs

照相:another way to say take photos

我喜欢照相:I enjoy taking photographs

画画:drawing pictures

我喜欢画画:I like drawing pictures



看:read, see

看书:reading books

你喜欢看书吗:do you like reading?

你喜欢看电影吗?do you like watching games?

打游戏:play games (refers to playing video games or computer games)


我喜欢听音乐:I like listening to music

我喜欢听歌:I like listening to songs

唱卡拉ok:sing Karaoke

我喜欢唱KTV: I like to sing Karaoke

你平时没事喜欢干什么:What do you do usually?

Grammar note: to ask someone what they usually do or like to do, you can ask:

你平常喜欢干什么?What do you like to do usually?

To answer what you like to do, you can say:

我喜欢( )

Eg. 我喜欢慢跑 I like jogging

我喜欢画画:I like drawing

Cultural note: in China, singing in KTV clubs is a very popular activity. Family members, friends or co-workers will sometimes go together to KTV to have a good time. In KTV, it’s usually possible to have drinks or enjoy a buffet, and it is one of the most popular current activities, especially amongst young people.

Yes! I’d like to learn Mandarin Chinese more effectively

Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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