What are your hobbies? Do you like to play sports? Do you like to read? In this lesson, we will learn the vocabulary for some common activities and hobbies in Spanish.
Hobbies and Activities - Jugar, Tocar
Watching TV, playing baseball, reading, walking, swimming, playing the piano... In this lesson, we are going to learn the vocabulary for hobbies and activities. Sometimes the vocabulary will consist of a verb and a noun. For example, the verb 'to play,' jugar and al fútbol, 'soccer.' So the phrase jugar al fútbol (hoo-GAHR ahl FOOHT-bohl) means 'to play soccer.'
Other activities using the verb jugar are:
- jugar al béisbol (hoo-GAHR ahl BEH-ees-bohl) - to play baseball
- jugar al baloncesto (hoo-GAHR ahl bah-lohn-SEH-stoh) - to play basketball
In Spanish, there are two different verbs used to express 'to play.' While jugar is used mainly for sports, we use the verb tocar with instruments. For example:
- tocar el piano (toh-KAHR ehl pee-AH-noh) - to play the piano
- tocar la guitarra (toh-KAHR ehl ghee-TAH-rah) - to play the guitar
Hobbies and Activities Using Other Verbs
Other hobbies that include both a verb and a noun are:
- ver televisión (VEHR teh-leh-vee-see-OHN) - to watch television
- escuchar música (eh-skoo-CHAHR MOO-see-kah) - to listen to music
Oftentimes, to express our hobbies, we only use a verb. As is the case with:
- leer (leh-EHR) - to read
- viajar (vee-ah-HAR) - to travel
- nadar (nah-DAHR) - to swim
- caminar (cah-mee-NAR) - to walk
- comer (coh-MEHR) - to eat
- estudiar (eh-stoo-dee-AHR) - to study
- trabajar (trah-bah-HAR) - to work.
Clubs and Activities Sign-up
Let's take another look at this new vocabulary as we watch Fátima. It's her freshman year in college. She wants to make friends quickly and has decided to sign up for a few clubs and activities. Let's watch as she looks at all of her options.
'Qué te gusta hacer? What do you like to do? Hmmm, what do I like to do? Well, let me look at my options…
Deportes. Let's see what kind of sports clubs they have… Jugar al fútbol, jugar al béisbol, jugar al baloncesto, nadar, caminar. Me gusta caminar. I like to walk, so I'll sign up for that one.
Música. Fantástico, I love music! Tocar la guitarra, tocar el piano, escuchar música. I'm going to sign up for all three!
Ver televisión. A club to watch TV? No thanks. Leer. Me gusta leer! I like to read. I'll sign up! Viajar , comer. Estudiar. Study club. That's a great idea! Trabajar.
Between my study club, book club, music activities and walking club, I wonder if I'll have time to go to class!'
Review of Hobbies and Activities
Fátima had many options for activities and clubs on campus. Can you remember all of them? Let's go back and look at each sign-up sheet. See if you can say the activity in Spanish before looking at the answers.
- Playing the guitar?
- Playing soccer?
- Listening to music?
- Watching television?
- Playing basketball?
- Playing baseball?
- Playing the piano?
(Answers: 1. leer, 2. tocar la guitarra, 3. comer, 4. jugar al fútbol, 5. viajar, 6. nadar, 7. escuchar música, 8. ver televisión, 9. caminar, 9. jugar al baloncesto, 10. estudiar, 11. jugar al béisbol, 12. trabajar, 13. tocar el piano.)
After watching this lesson, you should be able to categorize vocabulary Spanish terms for favorite hobbies and activities. Your ability to identify Spanish terms hobbies that contain both nouns and verbs or only verbs should be strengthened.