Hobbies: IELTS Listening Vocabulary

Gardening, Stamp Collection, Orienteering, Caving, Spelunking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Skateboarding, Bowls, Archery, Ice Skating, Darts, Golf, Billiards, Photography, Painting, Embroidery, Climbing, Chess, Parachute, Pottery, Woodcarving.

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Definition: The activity of tending and cultivating a garden.
Example: “My grandmother enjoys gardening; her roses are beautiful.”

Stamp Collection

Definition: The collection of postage stamps and related objects.
Example: “My brother’s stamp collection is impressive, he has stamps from over 50 countries.”


Definition:  A group of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point. 
Example: “Our school’s orienteering club meets every Saturday morning.”

Caving or Spelunking

Definition: The exploration of caves as a hobby.
Example: “During our trip to Kentucky, we tried caving in Mammoth Cave.”

Scuba Diving

Definition: A mode of underwater diving where the diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.
Example:  “Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef was an unforgettable experience.”


Definition: The practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask and a shaped tube called a snorkel.
Example: “We enjoyed snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives.”


Definition:A sport of riding on and performing tricks with a skateboard. 
Example:“My cousin spends hours practising his skateboarding tricks at the local skate park.”

Bowls or Lawn Bowls:

Definition: A sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a “jack” or “kitty”.
Example: “My grandfather enjoys playing bowls at the local club every weekend.”


Definition:The sport or skill of shooting with a bow and arrows.
Example: “I joined the archery club to improve my focus and precision.”

Ice Skating:

Definition:The self-propulsion of a person across a sheet of ice, using metal-bladed ice skates. 
Example:“Every winter, the local park opens an ice skating rink.”


Definition: A sport in which small missiles are thrown at a circular target fixed to a wall.
Example: “We often play darts at our local pub.”


Definition: A game played on a large open-air course, where a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes. 
Example:“My dad plays golf with his friends every Sunday.”


Definition: Any of several games played with hard balls of ivory or plastic and a long stick with a tapered handle.
Example: “Billiards require concentration and skill.”


Definition:The art or practice of taking and processing photographs.
Example: “I’ve taken up photography as a hobby, and I love capturing beautiful sunsets.”


Definition: The practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface.
 Example: “I find painting to be a relaxing and creative outlet.”


Definition:The craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. 
Example:“I’ve been learning embroidery during the lockdown; it’s surprisingly therapeutic.”


Definition: The activity of ascending, descending, or moving horizontally on vertical or near-vertical terrain.
Example: “Rock climbing is a physically demanding hobby, but it’s a lot of fun.”


Definition: A two-player strategy board game played on a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. 
Example: “I play chess online with friends from around the world.”

Parachute Jumping/Parachuting

Definition: The action of jumping from an aircraft and performing various maneuvers before landing by parachute.
Example:  “For her birthday, she decided to go parachute jumping.”


Definition: The craft of making ceramic material into pots or potterywares using mud.
Example: “Pottery classes are a great way to get your hands dirty and create something beautiful.”


Definition: The art of fashioning objects of wood by cutting with a knife or chisel. 
Example: “Woodcarving takes patience and skill, but the end results can be stunning.”

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