Phrasal Verbs For Hobbies And Activities

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Learn English phrasal verbs for hobbies and activities. 

Phrasal verbs are important in the English language, particularly when it gets beyond that intermediate English level. People expect, particularly in an exam situation, that you can use them.

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List of phrasal verbs for hobbies

phrasal verbs for hobbies

So what are we going to talk about in this lesson? Well, we want to talk about hobbies. 

Specifically, we want to talk about phrasal verbs for hobbies and activities. Any of you who have a hobby will know what enjoyment you get from it. So we’re going to talk about phrasal verbs about hobbies. I’m going to give you the list of them, and then I’ll go through them with you give you some examples. And then hopefully, you’ll be able to understand those, you’ll be able to practice them and try to introduce them into your English. 

to be into something

Meaning: if you’re into something, you’re really enjoying it


When I was young, I was really into my stamp collection. I took it really seriously.

He is really into his football.

to take up

Meaning: to begin, to start a hobby


👧 I’m bored, nobody to play with, nowhere to go.

👩‍🦳 Why don’t you take up a hobby?

After enjoying taking photographs for a few years, I’ve decided to take up photography as a serious hobby.

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to join in

Meaning: to take part in an activity 


I saw some guys playing football in the park and asked them, ‘Can I join in?’

Can I join the spin class? I don’t want to train alone.

to sign up

Meaning: to enrol or register for something


I’ve decided to sign up for a gym membership to prepare for my cycling season.

Only ten students signed for the debating society last year.

phrasal verbs for hobbies

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to get into something

Meaning: to become interested in something


Many people decide to take the step to get into running each year.

 Many people got into cooking during the lockdown and learnt how to make bread.

to turn up

Meaning: to arrive for an activity or event


I turn up in the gym every day, I train hard and I see results.

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to keep up

Meaning: continue the action that we’ve started


Previously I have found it difficult to keep up going to the gym.

You have to continue to go to places to keep up your interest in photography.

To keep it up means to keep your interest alive.

to back out

Meaning: is the opposite of ‘keep up’, to leave, to withdraw, to lose your interest

You’re not probably too happy with the gym, the equipment is a little bit old. Maybe you don’t get along so much with the people there. So you decide to stop or to back out. 


Running was really not for me so I decided to back out.

phrasal verbs for hobbies

Phrasal verbs for hobbies and activities. Advanced English learning. English lessons on Zoom at #learnenglish #englishlessons #EnglishTeacher #vocabulary #ingles

to pack in

to give up

Meaning: to stop, to quit

These two phrasal verbs really mean the same thing but we use them in a slightly different way.


👩 Why did you pack in the gym?

👱 Ah, it’s a long story, but I really couldn’t afford the time that I thought I could.

👩‍🦰 Why did you pack in the photography?

👧 I gave it up because it was boring, there was nobody there my own age.

Okay, so they’re all the phrasal verbs connected with hobbies. 

So let me go through them one more time:

  • take up 
  • join in 
  • sign up 
  • get into something 
  • turn up for something 
  • keep up
  • back out 
  • pack in
  • give up

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