A hobby is something that people like to do when they are not busy with their usual work and have some free time. It is something done entirely for pleasure. Hobbies differ like tastes. If you have chosen a hobby according to your character and taste you are lucky because your life becomes more interesting. Hobbies are divided into four large classes: doing things, making things, collecting things and learning things.
The most popular of all hobby groups is doing things. It includes a wide variety of activities, everything from gardening to traveling and from chess to volleyball.
Gardening is one of the oldest of man’s hobbies. It is known that the English are very fond of gardening and growing flowers, especially roses.
Both grown ups and children are fond of playing different computer games. This is a relatively new hobby but it is becoming more and more popular.
Making things includes drawing, painting, making sculptures, designing costumes, handicrafts. Two of the most famous amateur painters were President Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill. Some hobbyists write music or play musical instruments.
Almost everyone collects something at some period of his life: stamps, coins, matchboxes, books, records, postcards, toys, watches. Some collections have no real value. Others become so large and so valuable that they are housed in museums and galleries. Many world-famous collections started in a small way with one or two items. People with a good deal of money often collect paintings, rare books and other objects of art. Often such private collections are given to museums, libraries and public galleries so that others might take pleasure in seeing them.
No matter what kind of hobby a person has, he always has the opportunity of learning from it. By reading about the things he is interested in, he is adding to what he knows. Learning things can be the most exciting aspect of a hobby.
Words and expressions:
according to one’s taste – в соответствии с чьим-либо
amateur radio operator, radio ham –радиолюбитель
to be fond of – любить
to be keen of – увлекаться
bookbinding – переплетное дело
coin – монета
to devote – посвящать
drawing – рисование
to embroider – вышивать
fretwork – выпиливание
gardening – садоводство
handicraft – ремесло, рукоделие
joinery, furniture-making – столярное дело
to keep up with – быть в курсе, не отставать
to knit – вязать
to make something with one’s hands – делать что-то своими руками
matchbox – спичечный коробок
painting – живопись
postcard – почтовая открытка
pottery – керамика
record – пластинка
to sew – шить
stamp – марка
to take pleasure in – получать удовольствие от
variety of activities – разнообразные занятия, виды деятельности