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1.16. Мои увлечения

What are these people doing? Use the following phrases: to work in the garden, to listen to music, to cook, to watch TV, to use the Internet, to read the newspaper

Read the text and answer the questions

My hobbies

A hobby is a special interest or activity that you do in your spare time. Some people have animals as hobbies. Some like to grow plants. Children and teenagers are great collectors. They collect stamps, or postcards or pictures and posters of favourite football players or pop stars. Rich people often collect paintings, rare things and other art objects. Such private collections are often given to museums and libraries.

Both grown-ups and children are fond of playing different computer games. This hobby is becoming more and more popular.

As for me I belong to such kind of people who always need changes and new impressions, that’s why I have a lot of hobbies and interests. I finished musical school two years ago. I am fond of playing the guitar. My friends like to listen to me and often invite me to parties. I am also interested in dancing. I like all kinds of dancing: from hip-hop to classical ballet.

I often go to different theatres and discos.  Sports play an important role in my life. I am an amateur roller-skater. In spring and summer my friends and I usually roller-skate in the park. Once a week I take aerobic classes just to keep fit. Horse-riding is the kind of sports I like the best.  Reading is also a hobby for many people. My mother reads novels practically every evening. I prefer reading short stories. I believe that fiction literature is one of the best ways of expressing feelings and thoughts.

There are a lot of interesting things you can do. Hobbies help people develop their creative skills and have a wonderful time.


activity– деятельность

privatecollection- частная коллекция

museum – музей

grown-ups – взрослые

change– изменение

impression– впечатление

kind– вид

theatre– театр

prefer– предпочитать

develop- развивать

Answer the questions

1. What is a hobby?

2. Did you have a hobby when you were a child?

3. What hobby do you have now?

4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

5. Why do hobbies make your life more interesting?

Fill in the blanks with the following verbs: to grow, to invite, to read, to watch, to play, to speak, to have

  1. I prefer to … magazines more than newspaper.

  2. I … to my sister on the phone every Sunday.

  3. A lot of people like to … a sleep after lunch.

  4. Do you ever … friends to dinner?

  5. The children … computer games every evening.

  6. Shall we … a video tonight?

  7. Did you … the programme about famous singers yesterday?

  8. My father … vegetables in his garden.

1.17. Поход в театр, в кино. Зачёт.

Discuss the questions in pairs.

Do you like to go to the theatre or cinema?

What film or play have you watched recently?

Are you fond of musicals?

What kinds of films do you know? Match them with the definitions.

Types of films


war film

It can be about vampires and monsters.


It is interesting and exciting, often about crime.


It is about fights and struggles.

action film

It is a story about relations.


It is based on some tragic events.

disaster movie

It is very funny.

horror films

It is about adventures.

Match the words with the translation: занавес, ярус, сцена, ложа, партер, проход, ряд

Check your knowledge. Are there names of

  • musical

  • play

  • film

  • opera?

“Evita”, “Titanic”, “Jesus Christ”, “Hamlet”, “Beauty and monster”

Read and translate the text

A Visit to the theatre and the cinema

Theatre is a place where you can see a play staged. A theatre consists of two parts: the stage and the hall. They are separated by a curtain and the orchestra. Actors and actresses perform on the stage and public occupies the hall, the pit, the dress-circles, the boxes and the gallery.

Before going to a theatre you should book a ticket at a box-office. Seats should be reserved in advance. The most expensive seats are in the stalls, boxes and dress-circle. The seats in the balcony, pit and the upper circle are less expensive, they are cheap. The last performance I saw was the "Nut Cracker" by Tchaikovsky. I really enjoyed beautiful music and dancing.

Theatre is getting more and more popular nowadays. But still lots of people find going to the cinema one of the best ways of spending their leisure time. There are such genres of feature films as the western, the horror film, the action film, the thriller, the musical, the drama and the comedy. The film show lasts for two or three hours and most cinemas have at least four film shows a day. As for me, I'm fond of going to the cinema. It's a pity I don't always have time for it. But people need something amusing and pleasant, something to laugh at. That`s why I like comedies so much.


stage – сцена

pit - партер

dress-circle – бельэтаж

box – ложа

gallery - галерка

stalls – партер

performance - спектакль

Do you agree or disagree with the statements?

  1. Theatre is not so popular now as it was twenty years ago.

  2. American films are the best.

  3. Most films are interesting not because of the actors` skills, but due to the technical effects.

  4. French comedies are very funny.

  5. As a rule the first part of the film is much better than the following ones.