Time off, hobbies and pastimes

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Dátum: 28.03.2012
Jazyk: Angličtina
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Time off, hobbies and pastimes
A hobby is a very important for everybody. A man would be very poor without a hobby. What the hobby in reality is? Hobby is an activity, which we like. It’s a leisure time activity. Some hobbies are rather expensive - travelling or dangerous - mountaineering. There are so many types of hobbies that one can choose for his or her own. Different people have different hobbies and interests. They spend their free time in different ways. Leisure time activities are also different in every season of the year.
 
Traditional indoor hobbies include collecting things such as stamps, postcards, autographs, coins, buttons and rocks - simply anything. Many people are interested in arts. It includes dancing, drawing and painting, going to the theatre or cinema, listening to music, singing, reading and writing.
 
People like handicrafts or like to do something creative such as gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, ceramics, crossword puzzles and many others. Television and video provide easy indoor entertainment. Watching TV is the most popular leisure time activity.
 
People also used computers. They play computer games or use the internet. But it isn’t so useful for your eyes and your mind. Other home-based activities include reading books, newspapers, magazines and listening to music.
 
There are also activities with a lot of people and to be with just a few friends.

- Especially young people like going to large parties where are lots of action, music and dancing, much food and drink
- Someone likes smaller get-togethers where he can talk, play games or just listen to music
- Someone prefers to go to someone’s house and be with a few close friends and for example play social games such as chess or cards
- Someone prefers to go to a restaurant or to pub where is a possibility to play table football or billiards
- But some people prefer to stay at home because parties and public places have much noise and lots of smoke…

 
A lot of people sit a lot at school and at work, so in their free time the need to move. They like to walk, jog, swim or run. Walking in the open air can be very relaxing. Some people like to go to the park, woods or to the river. Some people need exercise, so they go to a fitness club, do gymnastics or play different sports. 
 
Sports are one of the most popular leisure time activities. This is mainly thanks the fact that they help one to keep fit both physically and mentally. Sports as a form of relaxation are refreshing, can help take off some weight, and to make us strength.
We can divide all sports into two groups according to where they can be practised:

- Indoor sports - include for example gymnastic, table tennis, badminton, squash, boxing, wrestling and so on…
- Outdoor sports - include for example skiing, hiking, climbing, horse-riding, golf and some aquatic sports such as windsurfing… One of the most popular activities is cycling or riding a mountain bike.

But most sports and almost all games can be done both indoors and outdoors. Some meetings take place in summer stadiums as well as in athletic halls. We can divide sports to:

- Winter sports - they can be done only on ice or snow. There are for example skiing and skating.
- Summer sports - they can be done out in the playground or on the grass. There are for example tennis and football.
- All-season sports - they are practised during whole year.

 
The most numerous group of games are the ball games. In our country the ball games rank among the most popular ones. They include especially football, volleyball, basketball, handball and tennis. Besides this, ice-hockey is played at a very high level here too.
 
Our country produced many sportsmen who have achieved success in top international competitions. In the first place athletics, but also ice-hockey players and football players.
 
The most common hobby in our country is going to the countryside and to cottages for the weekend. They go for short trips or they can do there gardening, growing fruit and vegetables, flowers, cutting grass and doing home improvements.
 
Lots of people like travelling abroad or like travelling only around the Czech Republic. There are many beautiful places, especially in Prague and on the south of the republic.
 
Others like animals. They take care of their dogs, cats and horses. Some people take care about special animals as snakes, spiders or rats.
 
MY HOBBIES

One of my biggest hobbies is listening to music. I don’t play any music instrument and I can’t sing. I love Czech music and my favourite groups are Chinaski, Divokej Bill and so on. But I like foreign music too. When I have time, I like to go with my friends to some concert. On concerts there s always great atmosphere, we can meet new friends, sing and dance. Sometimes I go to some disco to dance.

I like sports too. I played volleyball for a long time. But now I have no time for it. I love roll-skating, riding a bike and playing tennis. In wintertime I like snowboarding, but this sport is very hard to me. When the nice weather is, I like to swim in the pond, but rather in the sea.
 
Our whole family love walking. I prefer walking prefer too, but only when the nice weather is and the sun shine. I walk mainly with my boyfriend. When we are in the countryside, we are walking in the nature. It’s very beautiful and free, air is fresh.
 
When I have free time, I like to watch TV. I watch at the TV serial The Street every day. But my most favourite TV program is Eso. There are playing many songs and I love the moderator Leos Mares. He is very funny.
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