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Looking to find a new hobby? Why not talk to others in order to get some ideas? Everyone has something that they enjoy doing in their free time. Talking about hobbies is a great way to get to know more about people and their interests. Maybe you'll even find you have something in common with someone!

Here we'll introduce you to phrases that you can use in order to discuss hobbies with others. Just take a look at the tables below and then jump into your next conversation!

Asking About Someone's Hobbies

Asking someone about their hobbies is a great way to get to know them more. Below, you'll find lots of questions that you can use to get conversations started!
German German English English
Was machst gerne in deiner Freizeit?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Was machst du, wenn du Spaß haben willst?
What do you do for fun?
Was für Hobbys hast du?
What kind of hobbies do you have?
Was sind deine Hobbys?
What are your hobbies?
Was interessiert dich?
What are you interested in?
Auf was stehst du?
What are you into?
Spielst du Videospiele?
Do you play video games?
Wie vertreibst du dir normalerweise die Zeit?
How do you usually pass the time?
Wie oft liest du?
How often do you read?
Hast du schon einmal versucht, Skateboard zu fahren?
Have you ever tried skateboarding?

Talking About Your Hobbies

Here you'll find phrases that will help you describe your own hobbies. Let others get to know you more by using them!
German German English English
Ich spiele gerne Fußball in meiner Freizeit.
I like to play soccer in my free time.
Ich mag es, fern zu sehen.
I like watching TV.
Ich habe Spaß daran, zu kochen.
I enjoy cooking.
Ich liebe es, Gitarre zu spielen.
I love to play guitar.
Ich interessiere mich für Fremdsprachen.
I'm interested in foreign languages.
Ich stehe auf Horrorfilme.
I'm into horror movies.
Ich wandere sehr gerne.
I really like hiking.

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Practice & Record an Everyday Conversation

Take the next step and use what you’ve learned! Check out this topic’s dialogue unit and practice the phrases in a variety of exercises. Test your knowledge and get ready for real life conversations!
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Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential German phrases for talking about hobbies?
  • Was machst gerne in deiner Freizeit?
    What do you like to do in your free time?
  • Was für Hobbys hast du?
    What kind of hobbies do you have?
  • Was interessiert dich?
    What are you interested in?
  • Spielst du Videospiele?
    Do you play video games?
  • Ich spiele gerne Fußball in meiner Freizeit.
    I like to play soccer in my free time.
  • Ich habe Spaß daran, zu kochen.
    I enjoy cooking.
  • Ich liebe es, Gitarre zu spielen.
    I love to play guitar.
  • Ich interessiere mich für Fremdsprachen.
    I'm interested in foreign languages.
How do I tell someone what I like to do as a hobby?
Use any of the following sentence patterns in order to tell someone what you like to do as a hobby:

Ich + AKTIVITÄT + in meiner Freizeit.
  • Ich spiele gerne Fußball in meiner Freizeit. (I like to play soccer in my free time.)
  • Ich lese gerne in meiner Freizeit. (I like to read in my free time.)
  • Ich spiele gerne Videospiele in meiner Freizeit. (I like to play video games in my free time.)


Ich mag es, + AKTIVITÄT.
  • Ich mag es, fern zu sehen. (I like watching TV.)
  • Ich mag es, zu schreiben. (I like writing stories.)
  • Ich mag es, Fußball zu spielen. (I like playing soccer.)


Ich liebe es, + Aktivität.
  • Ich liebe es, Gitarre zu spielen. (I love to play guitar.)
  • Ich liebe es, Musik zu hören. (I love to listen to music.)
  • Ich liebe es, zu zeichnen. (I love to draw.)
How do I talk about the things I'm interested in?
You can tell someone what you're interested in by using either of the following sentence patterns:

Ich interessiere mich für + SACHE.
  • Ich interessiere mich für Fremdsprachen. (I'm interested in foreign languages.)
  • Ich interessiere mich für Punkmusik. (I'm interested in punk music.)
  • Ich interessiere mich für Geschichte. (I'm interested in history.)


Ich stehe auf + SACHE.
  • Ich stehe auf Horrorfilme. (I'm into horror movies.)
  • Ich stehe auf Videospiele. (I'm into video games.)
  • Ich stehe auf klassische Musik. (I'm into classical music.)

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