Dialogue 13 – What do you like to do?
Sam: It’s nice to meet you, Khaled. What do you like to do in your free time?
Khaled: I like to write songs and sing.
Sam: Wow, that’s really cool.
Khaled: Thanks. I also like playing tennis, but I’m not very good.
Sam: I like playing tennis too. We should play together sometime.
Now let’s review the vocabulary
Nice to meet you is used when meeting someone for the first time. A response to nice to meet you is nice to meet you too.
What do you like to do in your free time is a way to ask someone about his or her hobbies. There are different ways to respond to this question. One response is to use I like to and a verb in its simplest form. For example, I like to write songs. I like to play soccer. I like to learn English. Another way is to use I like plus a gerund. A gerund is a verb in the -ing form used as a noun, such as playing and reading. For example, I like playing tennis. I like reading. I like traveling. There are some slight differences in meaning between these two forms, but when talking about hobbies, it is generally okay to use either form.