вторник, 30 апреля 2013 г.



A hobby is a favourite pastime of a person. Hobbies differ like tastes. If you have chosen a hobby to you liking, lucky you are: you have made your life more interesting.
Numerous hobbies can be subdivided into four large classes: doing things, making things, collecting things and learning things.
The most popular of all hobby groups is doing things. It includes a wide variety of activities, everything from gardening to traveling and from chess to volleyball. Gardening is one of the oldest man’s hobbies, especially in some countries(Britain, for example). One of the most popular hobbies nowadays is computer games.
Making things includes drawing, painting, making sculptures, designing costumes, and handicrafts. Some people write music. Two of the most famous hobby painters were President Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill.
Almost everyone collects something at some period in his life: stamps, coins, matchboxes, books, records, toys. Some collections have no real value. Others become so large and so valuable that they are housed in museums and galleries. Many world famous collections started in a small way with one or two items. People with a good deal of money often collect paintings, rare books and other art objects. Often such private collections are given to museums, libraries and public galleries so that others might take pleasure in seeing them.
No matter what kind of hobby a person has, he always has the opportunity of learning from it. By reading about the things he is interested in, he is adding to what he knows. Learning things can be the most exciting aspect of a hobby.

Topical vocabulary

A favourite pastime                                  an item
To one’s liking                                          an art object
Numerous                                                 to be subdivided into
Valuable                                                    a word famous collection
A wide variety of activities                       a rare book
To have no real value                                 to have the opportunity of doing smth
A hobby painter                                        to take pleasure in doing smth
To be housed                                             to add to
To start in a small way                              a private collection

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