Let's learn how to talk about your hobbies in French.
In this lesson, I'll cover hobby vocabulary and a few ways to tell someone what you like to do for fun.
'Hobby' in French is 'loisir', and its plural form is 'loisirs'.
It's a masculine word.
Here's a list of the most common hobbies in French.
There are obviously many more activities that could be included, but I think these are the most important ones.
|Hobbies (in French)||Hobbies (in English)|
|Les jeux de société||Board games|
|Les jeux vidéo||Video games|
To say that you like, love, or enjoy a particular hobby in French, you can use the following expressions:
To express a negative form, you can add the word "ne" before the verb and "pas" after the verb, as in the examples below:
Of course, instead of using the negative, you can just say you hate it:
In French, the verb faire (to do/make) is often used when talking about hobbies or leisure activities, especially when referring to physical activities.
To use faire with hobbies, simply use the verb followed by the name of the activity. The name of the activity can be preceded by an article, depending on the context.
Note that some hobbies use specific verbs instead of faire. For instance, you would use jouer (to play) with sports, games or musical instruments.
NOTE: In French, you play "at" a sport (e.g. il joue au football), but for a musical instrument, you use the preposition de (e.g. elle joue de la guitare).
You can also use pratiquer (to practice) with some hobbies or sports, particularly when referring to more formal or structured activities.