1.What do you do in your spare time?
I love reading and writing when I have some free time available. Apart from these, I also like playing badminton. So, whenever I do get time, I usually read, write or play badminton.
2.What do you do to relax yourself?
For relaxation, I prefer taking a short nap. It could be either for 20 minutes or may be an hour. But, nothing helps me relax better than some sleep.
3.What do you usually spend your weekends?
During the weekdays, most part of the evenings usually gets lost doing the office work. But, during weekends, I work on my blog for the entire day and so during evenings I usually spend some time with my friends, going on long walks together or have dinner at their place.
4.What do you usually do after work or classes?
There is nothing much that can be done after work because it really becomes quite tiring. So, most of the times I am either working on my blog or writing something or some drafts, here and there.
5.Do you prefer staying at home or going out during evenings?
I love taking long walks. So, if I am not busy at something during evenings, I usually take long walks with my friends or for that matter even alone at times.
6.Do you think modern lifestyles give enough time to people for leisure?
I think it depends on the kind of modern lifestyle an individual is leading. So, a person doing a corporate job might have less time to spare for leisure activity but probably a person who does freelancing will find more time to leisure. Not because a work is less time consuming but because the way things get done in each. Even more, I think it all depends on how the person sets priorities for themselves.
7.Do you think people today have more time to relax as compared to that in past?
I certainly believe that people are more busy when compared with their past counterparts. Earlier people lived a content life but with changing times people are less satisfied with what they have and are always on the look out of doing more. This has made lives much more hectic than ever.
8.What do you think is the importance of leisure time in life?
Leisure is the one thing that makes the life worth living. I surely believe that apart from the daily mundane activities a person should always try to do things that makes him or her happy. It could be either something that he or she likes doing or could even be some person one likes spending time with. It is only through this that a person is able to enjoy life.
9.Do you think old and young people spend their leisure time in the same way?
I believe it is not about young and old, it is more about individuals. I have seen old people party harder than some of the young chaps out there and then some young people reading better than the wiser older people. In my opinion, it is all about the individual choices that people make.
10.Do you like to travel in holidays?
Well, I love travelling not only because everyone else does but because for me travelling teaches so much more to me than anything else can ever do. Also, travelling allows me to explore myself and the world in ways that opens up my horizons, giving me a broader aspect of life.
11.If you had a child, what leisure places would you go with your child?
I think I would like to take my child to library and a field ( could be of any game) as part of leisure activity. Also, I would love to travel with my child because in my opinion, a child learns so much more from travelling, history and art than he or she can ever learn from any of the text books or any motivational videos.
12.How much time do you have each week for doing these things?
Well, I do quite a lot of sport actually. I go swimming twice a week. There’s a very good pool just around the corner from my office. I swim for an hour and do about 40 lengths. I also cycle to work when I can. Apart from that, I do a lot of reading and photography.
13.Why do you like doing these activities?
When I was younger, I did a lot of surfing. I used to go snowboarding quite often too in the winter. But I haven’t been for a long time, although I might go this year with some friends. These days I go cycling when I can. At the weekends I like to cook and invite friends around for dinner. I’m a big fan of cooking programs, and often try to copy the recipes, but they don’t always turn out very well.
14.Why do you like doing these activities?
I don’t have a lot of time to myself now that I’m married with two young children. So, a lot of my free time is used taking my kids to their activities. For example, on Saturday morning, I have to take my son to his basketball games, and my daughter to football practice. Then I have to ship them off to parties or friends’ houses. Two or three times a month, my wife and I go for a meal with friends, and once a month, we go the cinema when my parents look after the kids. There’s a great little cinema that shows independent or foreign films just near where we live.
15.How did you start doing this activity at first?
I have tennis lessons with a group of friends at the weekend. There are eight of us, four moms and dads and four kids. The idea was that the lessons would give us the chance to do something sporty with our children, and it’s great. The teacher is really good and we all have a fantastic time. Plus, we’re getting better at tennis. Best of all, after an hour of tennis, the kids go off to play, and we can have a drink and a chat. Now, that’s my idea of playing sport. Apart from that, I also go out bowling once a month.
16.Is there some other hobby or sport you would like to try? Why?
I play golf at the weekend. I get up really early on Sunday and play for about five hours with some friends from work. While I’m out, my husband prepares lunch which is usually ready by the time I get back. Apart from that, I play online video games and read a lot. Also, I go for a drink after work every Friday with my work colleagues. There’s a pub nearby and we usually stay there for a couple of hours, which is good fun.
17.How do you spend your time in the evening?
In the evening, I love to play music and listen to some old Bollywood songs from my favourite song collection. It just refreshes my mind, keeping me away for a while, from tension arising due to the daily routine work. I think it is a good leisure activity that makes you stay away from everyday’s stress.
18.Do you do this every evening?
Not every evening but most of the times, I prefer to listen to my favourite songs. However, whenever I find some work to do at home in the evening, I avoid doing this. Apart from that, I sometimes like to stroll around the city along with my friends whenever I don’t get a chance to go for a morning walk.
19.What do you like to do in the weekends?
On Saturday, I often go for watching movies along with my family members but on Sunday, I do not like to do any activity outside and I rather play games with my kids. Nowadays, it is really essential to devote some time for your kids and this is the reason why I prefer spending time with them.
20.Is there any difference in your life now from when you were a child?
Absolutely yes, there are huge differences! Since I am now a married person with kids to take care of, I do not get enough time for fun and entertainment related activities. But when I was a child, I always used to play games with my childhood friends outside my home in a large playground, for example, we used to enjoy playing cricket vigorously. Moreover, life used to be tension free but now, it is full of stress.
1.雅思词汇之室外活动(Outdoor Leisure Activities)
· to play / practise / do sport(s)
· to go rambling / hiking / trekking
· to go running/ jogging
· to go for a walk / stroll
· to go cycling
· to go fishing
· to go horse riding
· to go surfing / sailing
· to go rollerblading / iceskating / skateboarding
· to go canoeing / kayaking
· to go skiing / snowboarding
· to hang out / meet up with friends
· to eat out / go to restaurants or cafes
2.雅思词汇之室内活动(Indoor Leisure Activities)
· to go to the gym / keep fit / do exercise
· do yoga / pilates / aerobics
· do martial arts (karate/judo/taekwondo)
· to go swimming
· to go to the cinema / theatre / shopping mall/centre
· to listen to music
· to watch TV / films
· to read books / novels / newspapers / magazines
· to play computer/video games
· to surf/browse the internet
· to play a musical instrument
· to sing in a choir
· to go dancing (ballet / tap / ballroom / hip-hop / freestyle / latin)
· to cook / bake
· to play board games / do puzzles
· to sew / knit
· to draw / paint / do crafts
· I suppose / I guess...
· Let me think / see...
· Well, I would say…
· I’m not sure, but…
· You know what I mean
· You know, like...
· I don’t know/I'm not sure exactly, but…
表达喜好Talking about likes/dislikes, applicable to present situation:
· I love to…………………….
· I prefer to…………………..
· I often go for………………..
· I do not like to do……………
· It is really essential to ……..
· I do not get enough time for……
· I think it is a……………….
理由Specifying reason for your likes/dislikes:
· Due to………………………………..
· This is the reason why I………….
· Not every….but most of the times
过去喜好Talking about your interests/habits/likes/dislikes in the past:
· I always used to…………………
· We used to…….but now………..
· However/Moreover/Apart from that
· Huge differences/big differences
· Fun and entertainment activities
· Leisure activity/free time activity
· Stroll around the city/walk around the street