How to Answer What do you like to do in your spare time?

IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to explain your preference on spare time. Although there is no such rule that best describes the way of answering IELTS questions, it is always better for you to know some language tips on How to Answer What do you like to do in your spare time?

When IELTS examiner asks you such question they really have no interest on the content of your answer but construct. They just want to know weather you can use right grammatical structure.

First let’s see some questions under this category

» What do you like to do in your spare time?
» What do you like to do when you are on holidays?
» What do you like to do when you are not working?

Remember this formula

When the examiner asks you What is Your Usual Day like? type questions, you must:

  1. State Like & Enjoy
  2. Adopt the native English way of expressions.
  3. Elaborate your answer with Adjectives of Positive Feeling

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Step- 1: What do you like to do in your spare time?

State Like & Enjoy

Like and enjoy are two very common verbs that you need to master to do well in your IELTS test.

Let’s look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, use the verbs like and enjoy.

Alice Well, I have lots of hobbies I like to do in my spare time. I’m very interested in studying English and I’m also quite into movies. sometimes I combine these two interests by watching British or American films. What I particularly enjoy doing, though, is playing football- it’s so exciting!

David I work really hard during the day so in the evening* I like to relax and unwind. I’m a big fan of hip-hop and rock music, and I like hanging out with friends and watching gigs…

Notice that David uses like in two different ways to say the same thing.


  • like +to verb: I like to relax.
  • like + verb-ing: I like hanging out with friends.


  • enjoy + verb-ing: I really enjoy playing tennis.

Note: After enjoy the verb should take an -ing form.

If you or the interviewer has already mentioned an activity, and you continue to discuss that activity, you can refer to that activity as it. For example:

I really enjoy studying English. It is fun.

In the second sentence, it refers back to studying English. Use it when you are sure thatboth you and the person you are speaking to are talking about the same thing.

Remember, if what you were talking about before was plural, you must say they instead of it. For example:-

I like watching football matches- they are so exciting.

Step- 2: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Native Speaker Ways to Say I Like

Let’s look at the structures for these native speaker ways to say you like something:-

  • I’m quite into + activity/ hobby: I’m quite into playing tennis– I get very excited about it.
  • I’ma big fan of + activity/hobby: I’m a big fan of guitar music-I often go to concerts.
  • I’mkeen on + activity/hobby: I’m really kgen on going to eat in Thai restaurants, I love Thai food.
  • I’m interested in+ activity/hobby: I’m very interested in law, I’m always reading about the latest laws and legal cases.

Step- 3: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Adjectives of Positive Feeling

Language step 3 Adjectives of Positive Feeling
Let’s take a look at how this IELTS candidates, David, uses adjectives of positive feeling.

David : I’m involved in a reading group at my university arid every so often we get together and discuss the latest books we’ve read over dinner- it’s so stimulating to talk and hear different views about the books we’ve all read.

To explain why you like doing something, you should use adjectives of positivefeeling. It is often difficult for non-native speakers to use them correctly, and candidates frequently lose marks in the IELTS test because of this type of mistake. Adjectives of positive feeling come from stative verbs such as satisfy, bore and excite.

There are two ways to turn this type of verb into adjectives of positive feeling.

  1. Use be + verb-ed when talking about the person who is experiencing the emotion:
  • He is bored when he has nothing to do.
  • She is fascinated by music.
  • They are interested in playing football.
  • I am satisfied with my lessons.
  • The boy is excited when I give him food.
  1. Use be + verb-ing when talking about the thing that is causing the emotion:
  • Football is boring.
  • Music is fascinating.
  • Studying English is interesting.
  • Seeing a concert is exciting.
  • Eating a big dinner is satisfying.

To conclude how to answer What do you like to do in your spare time?:-

Step 1: State Like & Enjoy
Step 2: Adopt the native English way of expressions.
Step 3: Elaborate your answer with Adjectives of Positive Feeling

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