FREE TIME, SPORTS, HOBBIES, TRAVEL
amusement park = funfair
a large park where you can play games, go on fantastic rides and have fun with friends
- I went on so many rides in the amusement park that I got dizzy and had to lie down on the ground.
- You can always buy pink cotton candy in an amusement park.
a coin operated machine to play gambling games
- I got change for twenty dollars and played the slot machines for hours.
- The only way to win on slot machines is not to play them.
an elevated railway with small, open passenger cars that goes up and down at a high speed
- We had a great laugh when we looked at the photos my friend took on the roller coaster.
- Roller coasters make me sick to my stomach.
to take up
to start doing a new sport, hobby or start learning something new
- My mother thought my father was getting too fat, so he took up golf when he retired.
- I’d like to take up a new language, but I’m not sure which one to chose: Dutch or Japanese.
DIY /di:- ai- wai/
building or repairing things around the house with no professional help
- I’m good at DIY, but I had to call a plumber when I couldn’t fix the sink.
- My husband spends hours looking at screws and nails in the local DIY store.
vase, pots, plates etc. made of clay/ the craft of making pottery
- Making pottery is such a creative activity. I’ve made vases for everyone in the family.
- I’ve tried to take my husband to some pottery classes with me, but he always went to the pub instead.
making sweaters, gloves, scarves etc using two long needles and yarn
- My grandma loves knitting, so everyone in the family has matching knitted sweaters and hats.
- Knitting is the new yoga. Its repetitive movements help you relax and meditate.
to mow the lawn
to cut the grass in the garden with a lawn mower
- My neighbours always mow the lawn on Sunday evenings.
- In most countries, you can only mow the lawn on certain days, at certain times.
a line of shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence between two houses or in front of a house
- Trimming the hedge is hard work. My hands are always sore afterwards.
- I have the most beautifully trimmed hedge in the whole neighbourhood.
sitcom = situation comedy
humorous television series based on every day life situations
- My niece loves having sitcom marathons with her friends at weekends.
- ‘Friends’ must be the most popular sitcom of all times.
a report that gives the writer’s opinion about a book, film, theatre production etc.
- I never read the reviews before watching a film. I don’t want to be biased.
- Writing reviews must be such a fun job. You can criticize other people’s work and nobody slaps you in the face.
cinemagoer = moviegoer
a person who often goes to the cinema
- My uncle is a devoted cinemagoer. He goes to see every new release.
- They opened a new multiplex in our town, but the high prices and uncomfortable seats were certainly a shock to the unsuspecting cinemagoer.
someone who lives in a city
- I’m a city dweller. I have no idea how to milk a cow.
- City dwellers should make sure they spend enough time outdoors.
the activity of going for long, hard walks in the mountains
- The last time I went hiking, I sprained my ankle. I don’t think I’ll ever do it again.
- I always feel much more energetic and relaxed after I’ve been hiking.
scenery = landscape
the view of natural features e.g. mountains, hills or rivers/ *scenery may also mean accessories on a theatre stage
- The scenery was so breathtaking, I had to stop every two minutes to take a photo.
- The scenery was really weird in my dream. There were pink mountains and yellow lakes around me.
atmosphere = ambiance
the dominant mood of a place
- I love going to our local pub, because of its familiar atmosphere.
- The festival was a great success; the weather was good and the atmosphere was fantastic.
do aerobics/ karate/ judo/ yoga
- I’ve never done judo, but I’ve tried karate.
- I’m not sure what my dog thinks of me when I do yoga, but he sure looks puzzled.
play basketball/ tennis/ computer games/ rugby (play + ball games)
- My nephew plays rugby, so you can ask him about the rules.
- If I was taller, I could play basketball. Right now, I can only play golf.
go skiing/ skating/ fishing/ trekking (go + … ing)
- My husband and I go skiing to the French Alps every winter.
- My friend broke her leg while she was learning how to skate.
a fitness device that simulates rowing as in a boat
- When I go to the gym, I usually use the rowing machine to work the muscles in my arms and legs.
- My husband would like to buy a rowing machine, but I don’t think he will use it.
a fitness device that simulates cycling as on a bicycle
- I’ve bought an exercise bike, but I only use it to keep my clothes on it.
- I love watching my favourite soap opera while riding my exercise bike.
protective headwear worn by cyclists and motorcyclists
- You can’t give me a lift on your motorbike. I haven’t got my crash helmet with me.
- Wearing a crash helmet might save your life if you have an accident.
protective garnment worn by cyclists, football players or skaters on their knees
- My son’s taken up football. I must go and buy a pair of football boots and knee padsfor him.
- I’m so glad I was wearing my knee pads when I fell on asphalt.
extreme sports = adventure sports
paragliding/ hang gliding/ white water rafting/ snowboarding/ skydiving/ cave diving
- I’d love to go white water rafting with you, but I’m afraid I’m having my hair cut that day.
- Cave diving was a really creepy experience for me. I didn’t think we would get out alive.
a very intense feeling that you feel all over your body when doing something dangerous
- Most people do extreme sports, because they want to get an adrenaline rush.
- If you want to get an adrenaline rush, try to take away my pitbull’s toy.
we talk about mass tourism when a lot of people visit one place
- Mass tourism is destroying our churches. I don’t think we should let so many people visit them.
- Mass tourism creates jobs for local people and it also makes our town a more exciting place to live.
a strong and upsetting feeling we get when suddenly faced with an unfamiliar culture
- When I first arrived in London, nobody helped me to get over the culture shock. It took me months to get used to their way of life.
- I was suffering from culture shock, when fortunately, I made some new friends and began to enjoy my stay.
money/ medium of exchange
- Lira used to be the currency of Italy, before they introduced the euro.
- We use kisses as currency at home. When my daughter wants something, she can always pay with a kiss.
before something, ahead of time
- If you want to buy cheap airline tickets, it’s best to book in advance.
- We never plan our holidays in advance. We just pack our suitcases and take the first flight available at the airport.
make a complaint
to tell the staff or manager that you’re not happy with the service you received
- Somebody used our bathroom while we were out, so we had to make a complaintat the reception.
- It’s so embarrassing to go out with my father-in-law. Whenever we’re in a restaurant he demands to see the manager and make a complaint.
to embark on
to set out on a journey, to begin a journey
- Make sure you have made all the necessary arrangements before you embark onyour world tour.
- When my son was born, I embarked on the most beautiful journey of my life.
B&B = Bed and Breakfast
a private house that provides accommodation and breakfast to guests
- I love staying in B&Bs when travelling in the country. The atmosphere is familiar and the food is usually delicious.
- My husband and I would like to run a B&B, but we don’t have enough spare rooms