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Spanish language Los Pasatiempos ~ Hobbies, Sports, Games ~ Spanish for Beginners

Here are the Spanish names of some common hobbies, sports, and games. You can use these words with verbs like gustarse 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 - to cook.

Note: Regional variations in vocabulary 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


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