Hobbies in Russian

What’s your favorite thing to do? How do you say that in Russian? After this free audio lesson you'll know how to talk about hobbies in Russian. Whether it’s cooking, traveling, listening to music or reading, you’ll learn how to explain what you enjoy doing in your free time.

Talking about shared interests is a great way to establish common ground. Being able to talk about yourself and ask about others in Russian will help you make friends - and make the conversation more interesting!

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Pronouncing hobbies in Russian

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Моë любимое занятие…

Mayo liubeemae zanyatie...

My favorite activity is…

Чем вы любите заниматься?

Chem vy lioobite zanimatsa?

What do you like doing best?

Свободное время

Svabodnae vremia

The free time

If you're a fan of a particular team or football club, for example, you would say:

Я болельщик [team]

Ya balel’shchik [team]

I'm a fan of [team]

If you're a fan of a particular activity, you would say:

Я люблю [activity]

Ya liublioo [activity]

I'm a fan of [activity]

Какое у вас хобби?

Kakoe oo vas hobbi?

What is your hobby?

Что вы любите делать в свободное время?

Shto vy lioobiti delat’ f svabodnae vremia?

What do you like to do in your free time?

So, what do you like doing in your free time?

Я люблю петь.

Ya liublioo pet’

I like singing.

Я люблю встречаться с друзьями.

Ya liublioo fstrichatsa z druz’yami

I like socialising with my friends.

Я люблю путешествовать.

Ya liublioo putishestvavat’

I like traveling.

Я занимаюсь музыкой.

Ya zanimaus’ muzykai

I like playing music.

Я люблю интернет.

Ya liublioo intirnet

I like surfing the net.

Я люблю смотреть фильмы.

Ya liublioo smatret’ feel’my

I like watching movies.

Я люблю рыбалку.

Ya liublioo rybalku

I like fishing.

Я люблю плавать.

Ya liublioo plavat’

I like swimming.

Я люблю бегать.

Ya liublioo begat’

I like running

Я люблю читать.

Ya liublioo chitat’

I like reading.

Я люблю cлушать музыку.

Ya liublioo slooshat’ muzyku

I like listening to music.

Я люблю играть в баскетбол.

Ya liublioo igrat’ v baskidbol

I like playing basketball.

Я люблю играть в футбол.

Ya liublioo igrat’ f futbol

I like playing football.

Я люблю готовить.

Ya liublioo gatovit’

I like cooking.

Я люблю фотографировать.

Ya liublioo fatagrafiravat’

I like taking photographs.

Here are some more useful expressions…

Я люблю подводное плавание

Ya liublioo pavdodnae plavanie

I like diving/scuba diving

Я люблю ходить в рестораны.

Ya liublioo hadeet’ v restarany

I like eating out.

Я люблю ходить в кино.

Ya liublioo hadeet’ f kino

I like going to the cinema.

Я люблю ходить в театр

Ya liublioo hadeet’ f tiatr

I like going to the theater.

Я люблю ходить пешком.

Ya liublioo hadeet’ pishkom

I like walking.

Я люблю танцевать.

Ya liublioo tantsivat’

I like dancing.

Я люблю рисовать.

Ya liublioo risavat’

I like to paint

Я люблю работать в саду.

Ya liublioo rabotat’ f sadoo

I like gardening.

Я люблю кататься на велосипеде.

Ya liublioo katatsa na vilasipede

I like biking.

Я люблю ходить в ночной клуб.

Ya liublioo hadeet’ v nachnoi klup

I like night clubbing.

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