Talking about Hobbies
Ruth wants to find a new hobby. She asks Linda about her hobbies to see if she can find some
Ruth: Hi Linda! I was wondering if you could tell me about some of your hobbies so I can
hopefully find some inspiration… You always seem to be busy doing lots of different and
Linda: I wouldn’t say I have that many hobbies… it’s more a case of sticking with
something when I start it. For example, I started dancing last year and even though I found it
difficult at the beginning, I didn’t abandon it…
Ruth: I can’t seem to stick with any hobby long enough to become good at it. I’ve tried team
sports, singing in the choir, running… and I quit all of them within a few weeks because I
didn’t get any satisfaction out of them. What’s your secret? How have you become so
committed to your hobbies?
Linda: Well, I think it’s a very individual thing. Personally, I think a hobby should ignite
passion but that takes time to develop. If it doesn’t, then it’s not for you.
Ruth: I agree. I think the biggest problem for me is moving house frequently, and each town
doesn’t offer the same opportunities.
Linda: And moving house can be very stressful too, and it takes time to get used to a new
Ruth: I really hope that my family are here to stay this time and that I’ll be able to find a
hobby that I love, and I’ll stick with it.
Linda: I’m sure you will. The possibilities are endless here - you just have to find out what
interests you. If you choose something that you enjoy personally, you’ll stick with it!
To put away something
To store things where they are usually kept.
Please put away your toys when you’re finished with them.
To hang something up
To stop using something because you are no longer doing the activity or sport.
After the final fight of his career, he hung up his boxing gloves.
To hang up
To end a phone conversation
I couldn’t hear him on the phone so I hung up.
To put up with something or somebody
To accept or continue to accept and unpleasant situation.
I can put up his room being messy but I can’t put up with him leaving a mess around the house.
To get up to
1. To do something.
2. To do something that others would disapprove of.
1. What did you get up to on holiday?
2. The children have been getting up to mischief recently.