How to ask, "What do you like to do in your free time?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #4

Last time we took a look at how to say, “What do you do?” in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to 
go back and answer the question in the reply.

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"20 Questions to Basic Fluency.")

Today we are learning how to say, "What do you like to do in your free time?" in Chinese. 

Here is the question and answer:

Q: 你空余时间喜欢做什么?

Nǐ kòngyú shíjiān xǐhuan zuò shénme?

What do you like to do in your free time?

A: 我喜欢学中文Wǒ xǐhuan 
xué zhōngwén.
 I like
to learn Chinese.

Just replace the
 学中文 in the answer above to tell about your own personal interests.  Here are some pastimes that will work well with this pattern:

书法 - Shūfǎ - calligraphy

爬山 - Páshān – hiking/mountain climbing

电子游戏 - Diànzǐ yóuxì – video games

做饭 - Zuò fàn - cooking

跳舞- Tiàowǔ - dancing

唱歌 - Chànggē - singing

画画- Huà huà - drawing

喝酒- Hē jiǔ - drinking

吃饭 - Chīfàn - eating

看电影 - Kàn diànyǐng – watching movies

养花 - Yǎng huā - gardening

听音乐- Tīng yīnyuè – listening to music

拍照- Pāizhào - photography

看书- Kàn shū – reading books

体育- Tǐyù - sports

上网- Shàngwǎng – surfing online

聊天- Liáotiān - chatting

旅游- Lǚyóu – travelling

散步- Sànbù - walking

看电视-Kàn diànshì – watching TV

逛商店- Guàng shāngdiàn – window shopping

长跑- Chángpǎo – jogging

打篮球- Dǎ lánqiú – playing basketball

打棒球- Dǎ bàngqiú – playing basebal

l踢橄榄球-Tī gǎnlǎnqiú – playing football

踢足球- Tī zúqiú – playing soccer

打曲棍球- Dǎ qūgùnqiú – playing hockey

打网球- Dǎ wǎngqiú – playing tennis

打排球- Dǎ páiqiú – play volleyball

游泳- Yóuyǒng - swimming

练功夫- Liàn gōngfu – practicing kung fu

搞举重- Gǎo jǔzhòng – lifting weights

露营- Lùyíng - camping

钓鱼- Diào yú - fishing

攀岩- Pānyán – rock climbling

划船- Huáchuán - rowing

滑雪- Huáxuě - skiing

锻炼- Duànliàn – working out

弹吉他-  tan2 jítā – playing guitar

弹钢琴- tan2 gāngqín – playing piano

Check out this link below to learn a little more about how to talk about hobbies.

So now it’s your turn.  Let us know about what you like to do in your free time in the reply below.

(photo credit Jesslee Cuizon)

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Comment by Zanni Yeah on April 11, 2013 at 6:15pm

don't forget the best thing to do of all! no hanzi no pinyin...


Comment by Zanni Yeah on April 11, 2013 at 6:14pm

this is because 橄榄 Gǎnlǎn means 'olive' and a rugby ball looks like a olive, but it may also refer to the american football i think, but probably needs to be explicitly said that it's 美国的

no idea what soccor is in chinese

Comment by Zanni Yeah on April 11, 2013 at 6:11pm

my teacher taught me that

踢橄榄球-Tī gǎnlǎnqiú – playing football

should be 橄榄球- Dǎ gǎnlǎnqiú

however, she was talking about 'rugby' where hands do touch the ball.

Comment by Ethan Nelson on February 21, 2013 at 3:52am

我空余时间喜欢。。 学习普通话, 中文汉字, 长跑, 听音乐, 看电影, 搞举重, 锻炼, 露营。。 那是它我想

Is that correct? Thanks

Comment by Gen on December 29, 2011 at 9:23pm

I'm happy I helped! bombard me with questions, I'll try my best to answer you! haha Happy New Year!

Comment by Indira Santos on December 29, 2011 at 7:28pm

Xie Xie Teacher Gen!

Good to know about this difference! =]

Comment by Gen on December 29, 2011 at 3:31pm

Haha thank you Teacher Shu, Happy New Year!!!

Comment by Shu on December 29, 2011 at 8:16am

Teacher Gen,

I like your new hair style, you look glowing!!!! Just in time for New Year!!

Comment by Gen on December 28, 2011 at 8:44pm

汉语,华语,普通话 are the spoken Chinese,  

while 中文,汉文 are written chinese.

as 语 means (to discuss, to talk about). itself

while 文 means (character of words, writings, literary compositions)


Comment by Indira Santos on December 28, 2011 at 8:22pm

I have a question....

why say "zhōngwén." instead of "Hán Yù" on the line "Wǒ xǐhuan xué zhōngwén."?

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