Student painting.


Have you got a hobby? I have – pottery. I’ve done it since I was quite little because my uncle and aunt are potters, and whenever we went to visit them on holiday I always played on the pottery wheel.

I’ve only really become more serious about pottery since about 2008, when I decided to join an evening class. Then, last year, I bought my own potter’s wheel, so I can make pots at home now.

I’ve made lots of different things over the years. When I started, I made some very strange, heavy little bowls. But little by little, I’ve managed to make thinner bowls, and I’ve just made a set of bowls that we use for breakfast every day. I’ve also made lots of mugs. These are getting better too – the first ones were really heavy even before you put coffee in them! My neighbour’s just asked me to make a set of mugs for her, and I’ve sold quite a few to friends.

When I first started, I used to put a ball of clay on the wheel, and then I had absolutely no control over it. Sometimes it became a bowl, sometimes a plate, maybe a mug, and often I had to throw it away – it was always quite a surprise! Thankfully I have improved since then, as I can now decide what I want to make before I start making it. I have learnt to control the clay to make the shape I want. I have also started making bigger things like jugs and serving bowls, and more difficult things like teapots. I haven’t sold any teapots yet, but my kitchen is getting very full so I think I’ll need to start selling them soon!

Do you have a hobby? In this lesson, you will listen to Penny talking about her hobby. The language focus is the present perfect.

  • Have you ever had a hobby?
  • Do you have a hobby now?
  • What do you like doing in your free time?


Task 1 - comprehension

Listen and test your understanding with the activity below.

Task 2 - language activity

Complete the sentences using either the present perfect or the past simple form of the verb.

Task 3 - game

Can you put these sentences in the right order?