Reading Exercise 2 – Hobbies and interests

Reading Exercise 2

Hobbies and Interests


Vocabulary

 

1. Variety of factors – different circumstances, facts or influences that contribute to a result
2. Progress (verb) – move forward or onward in space or time
3. Virtually – using computer technology over the internet and not involving physically going somewhere
4. Fortunately –  happening because of good luck
5. Daily routine – a habit or sequence that doesn’t vary on a day to day basis, something you do everyday
6. Dish (food dish) – type of food, or food prepared and cooked in a particular way.
7. Cost effective – producing good results without costing a lot of money
8. Stimulated – encourage or arouse interest or enthusiasm in something
9. Highly recommended – To suggest that a person should do or try something
10. Leverage – to use something to maximum advantage.

Why is it important to have a hobby?

 

How do you spend your free time? What do you do to relax? Different people enjoy different things and different things are popular around the world, depending on a variety of factors like culture, weather, etc. As time progresses, likes and dislikes for different activities progress and change too. Example: It was common for children to play outside with friends almost everyday but now it is more common for children to play with their friends virtually. 

Hobbies can take many different shapes and forms across the world. According to a survey, people in the U.S can spend up to 6 hours a day on hobbies. During the weekends and holidays, they spend more time doing their favourite activities. 

Many people don’t have any hobbies because they believe that having a hobby means spending money. There is a common belief that you need to have a lot of money in order to have an interesting hobby. Fortunately, this is not true. There are a variety of hobbies that can be completely free or even part of your daily routine. Reading and cooking are 2 examples of cheap hobbies. There are many websites available with free reading material for any personal interests that you may have and cooking is something that you usually have to do anyway, depending on the type of dish that you are trying to create, this hobby can also be relatively cheap. This is proof that hobbies do not have to be expensive in order to be entertaining. 

There are other hobbies that can be cost effective too. Many people enjoy gardening because they find it relaxing after a busy week at work. You can get your children involved in creative activities like painting, drawing and photography to keep them busy and stimulated during the week. These are great ideas for children because they can develop these hobbies into special skills as they get older. Of course, learning a new language is highly recommended as a hobby because this skill can be leveraged in the work place and open new doors for opportunity as your language skills develop. 

Everyone should have a hobby because hobbies help us to relax and be creative. It’s a great way to relieve stress and focus your energy on an enjoyable activity that you love and look forward to. It is also a fun way to meet new people and have new adventures.