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Servus, I got my inspiration for this post over on the Greek blog (which you can find here if you’re also interested in learning Greek). Hobbies are an important part of everyday life and are a great way to start up a conversation, whether it’s horse riding, painting, reading, or just going to the cinema!
The German language has taken the English word “hobby”, making it one less German word for you to remember. If you wanted to ask “what are your hobbies?” in German it would be “Was sind deine Hobbys?”. However you could also say “Was sind deine Interessen?” – “What are your interests?”.
Here are a few hobbies I translated into German, if you have one that isn’t up here than leave me a comment and I can translate it for you!
Horse riding reiten
Going to the cinema ins Kino gehen
Meeting up with friends mit Freunden treffen
Doing sport Sport machen
If you want to ask someone what their favourite hobby is (maybe they’ve listed you a hundred hobbies already and you want to narrow it down) then ask “was ist dein Lieblingshobby?”/”was ist deine Lieblingsinteresse?”. The word lieblings means “favourite” so you can use this for other questions too, such as Lieblingsessen (favourite food), Lieblingsfach (favourite subject), Lieblingsbuch (favourite book) and so on.
When someone asks you what your hobbies are, you can reply by saying “Meine Hobbys sind…” (My hobbies are…) or if you just have one hobby then say “Mein Hobby ist…” (My hobby is…). In reply to your favourite hobby you can say “Mein Lieblingshobby ist…” (My favourite hobby is…), or if you’re indecisive and can’t pick one favourite hobby you can reply “Ich liebe alle meine Hobbys, ich kann mich nicht entscheiden!” (I love all of my hobbies, I can’t decide!).
Now that you know what to say here is an example of how the conversation could go:
Person 1: Was sind deine Hobbys? / Was sind deine Interessen?
(Note that the question has „sind” instead of “ist” in it which means it is plural)
Person 2: Meine Hobbys sind Schwimmen und ins Kino gehen.
Person 1: Ich mag auch Schwimmen! Was ist dein Lieblingshobby?
Person 2: Mein Lieblingshobby ist Schwimmen, ich schwimme drei mal pro Woche.
I haven’t written the translation so see if you can understand what they’re saying to each other!
Thanks for reading 🙂