Games, Sports, Hobbies

Hobbies in SpanishJuegos, deportivos, pasatiempos

Even if you love working on your Spanish, sometimes you just need to play! Learn the Spanish equivalents of your favorite games, sports, and hobbies and the verbs to use with them.

You can use these words with verbs like gustarle and detestar, or if you want to say that you do or play that item, use it with the verb in the third column. The fourth column has verbs that can be used alone to talk about doing that item, e.g., cocinar which means "to cook."

 Regional vocabulary variations are particularly strong in this topic; as always, remember that this vocabulary is Castilian Spanish, and that there may be other words used in Latin America and different parts of Spain.

English   Spanish Use with Or use
basketball   el baloncesto jugar
biking   el ciclismo hacer ir en bicicleta
chess   el ajedrez jugar
cooking   la cocina hacer cocinar
dancing   el baile bailar
fishing   la pesca ir de pescar
football   el fútbol americano jugar
gardening   la jardinería hacer trabajar en el jardín
hiking   el excursionismo hacer ir de excursión
hunting   la caza ir de cazar
jogging   el footing hacer
a movie   una película ver ir al cine
music   la música escuchar tocar a un instrumento
reading   la lectura leer
sailing   la vela hacer navegar
skiing   el esquí esquiar
soccer   el fútbol jugar
swimming   la natación hacer nadar
television   la televisión ver
tennis   el tenis jugar
wrestling   la lucha hacer luchar

 The Spanish verbs above are used to talk about playing or doing that activity, but of course you can also use verbs like gustarle (to like), querer (to want to), and odiar (to hate) with them.

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