In the first part of the PET oral exam, the examiner will ask you some personal questions. You might be asked about your hobbies and activities that you do in your free time.
What do you like doing in your free time? What are your hobbies?
You should describe an activity that you enjoy. You should say:
Where you do it
e.g “ I play computer games at my best friend’s house”
Who you do it with?
e.g “ I love playing tennis with my sister”
How often you do it
e.g “ I go swimming twice a week”
And say why you enjoy it
e.g “ I enjoy cooking because it’s relaxing and creative”
How many different hobbies and activities can you think of? Here is a list with some:
-playing computer games
-playing board games
-going to the gym
-surfing the internet
-listening to music
-playing sports: tennis, football, volleyball, table tennis, rugby, basketball, etc.
You can express how much you like an activity:
I quite like…
I really like
I’m really into…
I’m interested in…
I enjoy… a lot
My favourite hobby is…
Once you feel comfortable talking about hobbies in English, you can then try and discuss them in more detail. Here are some phrases and sentences to practice:
At the weekend, I enjoy going to the gym because it helps me to stay fit and healthy.
In the evenings, I usually watch movies because I am a massive film fan.
I’m into karate because it’s a great form of self-defence.
I like going to my reading club because it’s a social activity.
When describing your hobbies, you can use an array of interesting vocabulary such as: creative, fascinating, productive, cheap, energetic, relaxing, difficult and unusual.
Are you ready to talk? Good luck!