Talking about your favorite sports and hobbies is a great way to break the ice and improve your conversation skills. Knowing how to talk about your favorite activities in Spanish will help you introduce yourself better and connect with people and their interests as well.
In today’s post, we’ll cover tons of Spanish vocabulary regarding activities and hobbies such as sports, games, and pastimes. We will also take a look at some handy verbs and expressions we use when talking about our favorite activities in Spanish.
We’ll start the post off with a section on useful verbs, phrases, and questions to talk about our favorite activities in Spanish. Then we’ll have the activity sections, each with a big Spanish vocabulary list: we start with sports in Spanish, we’ll work through outdoor activities, artistic pursuits, relaxing pastimes and games in Spanish, leading all the way to domestic activities in Spanish.
Let the games begin!
Activities in Spanish: Key Words and Phrases
Before getting into the vocabulary lists, let’s start with some useful words and phrases for asking questions and talking about our hobbies in Spanish.
Expressing interests, likes, and dislikes
We have a variety of Spanish verbs and phrases for talking about the things we like or dislike. Let’s start off with the main verbs you may find useful for describing how you feel about certain activities in Spanish:
|To like very much, To love
Note that gustar and encantar are conjugated to match the activity which is liked, with indirect object pronouns for whoever likes that activity. Amar and odiar are regular -ar verbs. Check out these examples to see how we can talk about how we like or dislike various activities or sports in Spanish:
- I like soccer. – Me gusta el fútbol.
- I like to play soccer. – Me gusta jugar fútbol.
- She likes to paint. – A ella le gusta pintar.
- I love music and photography. – Amo la música y la fotografía.
- She loves to play as a team. – Ella ama jugar en equipo.
- He loves to go camping with friends. – A él le encanta acampar con amigos.
- We love to bake chocolate cookies. – Nos encanta hornear galletas de chocolate.
- I hate to swim when the water is cold. – Odio nadar cuando el agua está fría.
- My mother hates running in the mornings. – Mi mamá odia correr por las mañanas.
The verbs we’ve just introduced are the most common ways to express liking or disliking for certain activities, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones. Check out this other list for some additional phrases to talk about your hobbies in Spanish:
|My passion is…
|Mi pasión es…
|My favorite activity is…
|Mi actividad favorita es…
|My favorite hobby is…
|Mi hobby favorito es…
|What I like the most is…
|Lo que más me gusta es…
|… interests me.
|I’m interested in…
|Estoy interesado en…, Estoy interesada en…
|I’m a fan of…
|Soy fanático de…, Soy fanática de…
Let’s look at some examples:
- Learning Spanish is my passion. – Aprender español es mi pasión.
- Surfing is what Samuel likes the most. – El surf es lo que más le gusta a Samuel.
- We are interested in sports. – Sports interest us. – Nos interesan los deportes.
- I’m a rugby fan. – Soy fanático del rugby.
- They are interested in the arts. – Están interesados en las artes.
Asking about interests and hobbies in Spanish
Now that you know how to talk about your favorite activities in Spanish, it’s time to learn how to ask about other people’s interests. Check out this list to learn how to ask your friends about their favorite hobbies and sports in Spanish.
|Do you have any hobbies?
|¿Tienes algún hobby?, ¿Tienes algún pasatiempo?
|What is your favorite hobby?
|¿Cuál es tu hobby favorito?, ¿Cuál es tu pasatiempo favorito?
|What is your favorite activity?
|¿Cuál es tu actividad favorita?
|What do you like to do in your free time?
|¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo libre?
|What do you like to do in your leisure time?
|¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo de ocio?
|What do you like to do on the weekends?
|¿Qué te gusta hacer los fines de semana?
|What is your favorite sport?
|¿Cuál es tu deporte favorito?
Sports – Los deportes
Let’s start our Spanish vocabulary lists with this section on Spanish sports. Whether you’re a fan of certain teams or you like to practice these activities yourself, these are the words you need to refer to a wide variety of sports in Spanish.
|El fútbol americano
|El básquetbol, El baloncesto
|El voleibol de playa
|Table tennis, Ping-Pong
|El tenis de mesa, El ping-pong
|El ciclismo, Andar en bicicleta, Montar en bicicleta
|La natación, Nadar
|El esquí, Esquiar
|El patinaje, Patinar
|El patinaje sobre hielo, Patinar sobre hielo
|El boxeo, Boxear
Outdoor Activities – Las Actividades al Aire Libre
This section is for fresh air and nature lovers. Here’s how to talk about outdoor activities in Spanish. Notice that in the Spanish column we include both the noun and the verb for the specific activity, whereas in English the -ing word encompasses both.
|Las actividades al aire libre
|El campismo, Acampar
|La pesca, Pescar
|Having a picnic
|Hacer un picnic
|La escalada, Escalar
|El senderismo, El excursionismo, Hacer senderismo, Hacer excursionismo
|El surf, Surfear
|El remo, Remar
|La navegación, Navegar
|El buceo, Bucear
|La observación de aves, Observar aves
|El puentismo, Hacer puentismo
|La equitación, Montar a caballo
Arts – Las Artes
This one goes out to everyone with an artistic streak. Here we include a variety of creative arts in Spanish, noting both the noun and the verb for most of them.
|Painting, To paint
|La pintura, Pintar
|Sculpting, To sculpt
|La escultura, Esculpir
|Drawing, To draw
|El dibujo, Dibujar
|Photography, To photograph
|La fotografía, Fotografiar, Hacer fotografías
|Acting, To act
|La actuación, Actuar
|Singing, To sing
|El canto, Cantar
Dances and rhythms – Los bailes y ritmos
In Spanish, dance and rhythm is an integral part of the language and the culture. Here’s a list of some of the most popular Latin American dance styles, as well as some of the other international styles of dance in Spanish.
|Dances and rhythms
|Los bailes y ritmos
|La danza de vientre
Instruments – Los instrumentos
If music is your thing, you’ll want to be able to refer to what you play. Here’s a list of some popular instruments in Spanish:
|La guitarra eléctrica
Games and Entertainment – Los Juegos y el Entretenimiento
In this section we find more common pastimes in Spanish that we usually do to relax or enjoy with friends.
|Ver la televisión
|Playing video games
|Playing board games
|Jugar juegos de mesa
|Going for a walk
|Salir de paseo
|Going to the mall
|Ir al centro comercial
|Going to the movies
|Ir al cine
|Going to the dance club
|Ir a la disco
|Going to the beach
|Ir a la playa
|Going to the park
|Ir al parque
Domestic Hobbies – Hobbies Domésticos
There are some hobbies that we enjoy around the house. If this is your thing, here’s our list of relaxing domestic activities in Spanish.
|La cocina, Cocinar
|La costura, Coser
|El tejido, Tejer
|El bordado, Bordar
|La jardinería, Cuidar del jardín
Activities in Spanish: Conclusion
It looks like we covered all the necessary vocabulary and expressions to talk about different activities in Spanish. Nice job! What do you say we do a little review before saying goodbye?
First, we learned how to express liking or disliking hobbies or activities in Spanish using some key verbs: gustar, encantar, amar, and odiar. In addition, we introduced some slightly more elaborate phrases for expressing your opinions on your favorite activities in Spanish. Then we covered the vocabulary of the different types of activities, starting with sports and outdoor activities, then art-related activities, relaxation and entertainment activities, and finally domestic hobbies. We even included a bunch of vocab for specific instruments and dance styles in Spanish.
We hope you enjoyed this post and learned some new words to describe your favorite activities in Spanish. Remember that you can bookmark it to review the vocabulary whenever you need to. See you in the next post!