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Talking about your pasatiempos(hobbies) in Spanish is a great way to break the ice and get to know new people. Whether you love los deportes(sports), la cocina(cooking), or la lectura(reading), this article will help you get out there and start talking about your hobbies in Spanish!

Spanish Verbs Used to Talk about Hobbies

Here are some common Spanish verbs that are used to talk about hobbies!

SpanishEnglish
andar en patineta
to skateboard
armar rompecabezas
to do puzzles
aprender idiomas
to learn languages
bailar
to dance
bucear
to scuba dive
caminar
to walk
cantar
to sing
correr
to run
dibujar
to draw
escribir
to write
escuchar música
to listen to music
hacer deporte
to play sports
hacer ejercicio
to do exercise
hacer escalada
to go climbing
hacer manualidades
to do arts and crafts
hacer senderismo
to go hiking
hacer yoga
to do yoga
hornear
to bake
ir al cine
to go to the movies
jugar a las cartas
to play cards
jugar al básquetbol
to play basketball
jugar al béisbol
to play baseball
jugar al fútbol
to play soccer
jugar videojuegos
to play video games
leer
to read
montar en bicicleta
to bike
nadar
to swim
patinar
to skate
pintar
to paint
sacar fotos
to take pictures
surfear
to surf
trotar
to jog
ver películas
to watch movies
viajar
to travel

Let's look at some examples:

examples
Me gusta bailar.
I like to dance.
Me gusta nadar y surfear.
I like to swim and surf.

Spanish Nouns Used to Talk about Hobbies

Let's take a look at some Spanish nouns used to talk about hobbies in Spanish!

Don't forget to use the correct article (el, la, las, or los) with the nouns in this section! Need to brush up on your article knowledge? Check out our Introduction to Spanish Articles!

Sports

Below you'll find the names of some common deportes(sports) in Spanish!

SpanishEnglish
el alpinismo
mountain climbing
el atletismo
track and field
el bádminton
badminton
el básquetbol
basketball
el béisbol
baseball
el billar
pool/billiards
el boliche
bowling
el boxeo
boxing
el ciclismo
biking
la escalada
climbing
el esquí
skiing
el fútbol
soccer
el fútbol americano
football
la gimnasia
gymnastics
el golf
golf
el hockey
hockey
la natación
swimming
la navegación a vela
sailing
el senderismo
hiking
el surf
surfing
el tenis
tennis
el voleibol
volleyball
el yoga
yoga

More Hobbies in Spanish

Here is a list of other nouns you can use to talk about what you do in your tiempo libre(free time).

EnglishSpanish
el ajedrez
chess
el baile
dance
la cocina
cooking
la costura
sewing
el dibujo
drawing
la jardinería
gardening
los juegos de mesa
board games
la lectura
reading
la fotografía
photography
las manualidades
arts and crafts
la pintura
painting
el punto
knitting
la repostería
baking
los rompecabezas
puzzles
los videojuegos
video games

Let's look at some examples:

examples
Me gusta la natación.
I like swimming
Me gustan las manualidades.
I like arts and crafts.

Want to practice these words? Check out the following vocab lists!

Quick Review of Gustar

To talk about what you like (or don't like) to do in your spare time in Spanish, you're going to need to know how to use gustar(to like) in the present. Let's do a quick review of the gustar forms you'll need to talk about your pasatiempos.

SpanishEnglishWhen It's UsedExample 1Example 2
me gusta
I likeWith an infinitive or a singular noun.Me gusta bailar.(I like to dance.)Me gusta el fútbol.(I like soccer.)
me gustan
I likeWith a plural noun.Me gustan los deportes.(I like sports.)
no me gusta
I don't likeWith an infinitive or a singular noun.No me gusta bailar.(I don't like to dance.)No me gusta el fútbol.(I don't like soccer.)
no me gustan
I don't likeWith a plural noun.No me gustan los deportes.(I don't like sports.)
te gusta
you like or do you likeWith an infinitive or a singular noun.¿Te gusta bailar?(Do you like to dance?)¿Te gusta el fútbol?(Do you like soccer?)
te gustan
you like or do you likeWith a plural noun.¿Te gustan los deportes?(Do you like sports)
English
me gustaI like
me gustanI like
no me gustaI don't like
no me gustanI don't like
te gustayou like or do you like
te gustanyou like or do you like
When It's Used
me gustaWith an infinitive or a singular noun.
me gustanWith a plural noun.
no me gustaWith an infinitive or a singular noun.
no me gustanWith a plural noun.
te gustaWith an infinitive or a singular noun.
te gustanWith a plural noun.
Example 1
me gustaMe gusta bailar.(I like to dance.)
me gustanMe gustan los deportes.(I like sports.)
no me gustaNo me gusta bailar.(I don't like to dance.)
no me gustanNo me gustan los deportes.(I don't like sports.)
te gusta¿Te gusta bailar?(Do you like to dance?)
te gustan¿Te gustan los deportes?(Do you like sports)
Example 2
me gustaMe gusta el fútbol.(I like soccer.)
me gustan
no me gustaNo me gusta el fútbol.(I don't like soccer.)
no me gustan
te gusta¿Te gusta el fútbol?(Do you like soccer?)
te gustan

Want to learn more? Check out our article on Verbs Like Gustar!

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