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 SpanishUse withOr use
basketball el baloncestojugar
biking el ciclismohacerir en bicicleta
chess el ajedrezjugar
cooking la cocinahacercocinar
dancing el bailebailar
fishing la pescair depescar
football el fútbol americanojugar
gardening la jardineríahacertrabajar en el jardín
hiking el excursionismohacerir de excursión
hunting la cazair decazar
jogging el footinghacer
a movie una películaverir al cine
music la músicaescuchartocar a un instrumento
reading la lecturaleer
sailing la velahacernavegar
skiing el esquíesquiar
soccer el fútboljugar
swimming la nataciónhacernadar
television la televisiónver
tennis el tenisjugar
wrestling la luchahacerluchar

 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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Games, sports, hobbies in Spanish