Taking Up a Hobby
As the saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Studying is important, and so is having fun. A great way to have fun is to take up a hobby. Hobbies keep you from getting bored and give you a chance to learn new skills. Some hobbies may even lead to a lifetime career. Hobbies give people pleasure. Some people play sports: basketball, tennis, badminton, and so on. Some do indoor activities, like cooking, playing chess, and collecting stamps. All of the above are good hobbies. They help people relax and forget about their worries.
A few people turn their hobbies into successful businesses. Mayday, a popular band in Taiwan, is a good example. In high school, all of the members showed a great interest in music and started playing music together. At the time, they wished to give a rock concert someday. Now, their dreams have come true. The young boys with dreams are now big stars on the stage. Everyone should have at least one hobby. Your hobby may not become your future career, but it can surely make your life more interesting. Take up a good hobby and have fun!
- hobby [ˋhɑbɪ] n.
Collecting stamps is one of her hobbies.
- saying [ˋseɪŋ] n.
"No pain, no gain." is my favorite saying.
- dull [dʌl] adj.
That is a dull activity.
- career [kəˋrɪr] n.
My mom is a career woman.
- pleasure [`plɛʒɚ] n.
It's a pleasure to help at the children's home in my free time.
- badminton [ˋbædmɪntən] n.
A: Can Nicholas play tennis?
B: No, he can't. But he can play badminton.
- indoor [ˋɪn͵dor] adj.
Please put on your indoor shoes when you enter the classroom.
- play chess [ple tʃɛs]
Jerry and John sometimes play chess after school.
- stamp [stæmp] n.
I need a 15-dollar stamp to mail my letter to the USA.
- above [əˋbʌv] n.; adj.; adv.; prep.
There are clouds floating above the mountains.
- relax [rɪ`læks] v.
Don't worry. Take a deep breath and relax.
- take up... [tek ʌp]
My father took up writing as a job last year.
- as [æz] conj.
As she was saying, we are a team, and we need to work together.
- keep... from [kip frəm]
We have to take action to keep Mother Earth from being polluted.
- lead to... [lid tu]
Smoking may lead to lung cancer.
- and so on [ænd so ɑn]
I like sports, such as baseball, tennis, and so on.
- successful [səkˋsɛsfəl] adj.
This is a successful show. Everyone loves it very much.
- business [ˋbɪznɪs] n.
My father has run a business for thirty-five years.
- interest [ˋɪntərɪst] n.; v.
Dad's two interests are fishing and hiking.
- dream [drim] n.; v.
She has dreamed about being a famous singer since she was a child.
- rock [rɑk] n.
A: What kind of music does your band play?
B: Rock music.
- come true [kʌm tru]
I hope your dreams come true in the future.
- star [stɑr] n.
He was the most popular movie star in the world at that time.