The Desert Island

Most of us have formed an unrealistic picture of life on a desert island. We sometimes imagine a desert island to be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines. Life there is simple and good. Ripe fruit falls from the trees and you never have to work. The other side of the picture is quite the opposite. Life on a desert island is wretched. You either starve to death or live like Robinson Crusoe, Waiting for a boat which never comes. Perhaps there is an element of truth in both these pictures, but few us have had the opportunity to find out.
Two men who recently spent five days on a coral island wished they had stayed there longer. They were taking a badly damaged boat from the Virgin Islands to Miami to have it repaired. During the journey, their boat began to sink. They quickly loaded a small rubber dinghy with food, matches, and cans of beer and rowed for a few miles across the Caribbean until they arrived at a tiny coral island. There were hardly any trees on the island and there was no water, but this did not prove to be a problem. The men collected rainwater in the rubber dinghy. As they had brought a spear gun with them, they had plenty to eat. They caught lobster and fish every day,and, as one of them put it ‘ate like kings’. When a passing tanker rescued them five days later, both men were genuinely sorry that they had to leave.

New words and expressions :
desert island
adj. 不真实
n. 天堂,乐士
adj. 可怜的,艰苦
v. 挨饿
n. 成分
n. 机会
n. 珊瑚
Virgin Islands
n. 迈阿密(美国最南的城市)
n. 救生筏,小船
n. 加勒比海
spear gun
n. 龙虾
n. 油轮
adv. 由衷地


When you want to get to know someone, ask about their hobbies and interests. Talking about hobbies means you can share details about yourself – and discover shared interests and free-time activities.
Here are some phrases you can use:
Questions you can ask
What do you like doing?
What sort of hobbies do you have?
What do you get up to in your free time?
How to reply
In my free time I…
When I have some spare time I…
When I get the time, I…
I relax by watching TV / listening to music, etc.
My hobbies are bird-watching / playing sport, etc.
I’m interested in (+ noun / gerund)
I’m keen on (+ noun / gerund)
I’m into (+ noun / gerund)
I enjoy (+ noun / gerund)
You can add “really” or “quite” after “I’m…” for emphasis.
“I’m really keen on football.”
“I’m really into geneaology.”
Talking about hobbies in more detail
You can give more information about your hobbies and interests:
“I like arts and crafts. I’m a creative / practical person, and like doing things with my hands.”
“I’m an outgoing person, and like socialising / hanging out with friends.”
“I enjoy being physically active, and spend a lot of time playing sports and team games.”
Saying why you like your hobby
You can also explain why you spend time on your hobby to make the conversation longer and more interesting.
“I really enjoy going to the gym because…”
…it keeps me fit.
…it gets me out of the house, you know!
…it’s sociable. I’ve met lots of new people.
…it gives me something interesting to do with my time.
…it’s not very expensive, and anyone can do it!
“My hobbies are all creative…”
… I’ve always enjoyed painting and drawing.
… Because my job is technical, it’s good to spend time doing something completely different.
… I enjoy spending time making things like clothes.
More words that you can use to describe your hobbies:
Like doing vs like to do
We use like + gerund (ing form) to talk about general likes:
I like fishing.
We use like + infinitive to talk about more specific likes:
I like to go fishing at the weekend.
Talking About Hobbies Quiz
Level: Elementary and above
1. Someone asks you, ”What do you like doing in your __ time?”
  •  own
  •  spare
2. You answer, ”When I __ any free time, I like going to the cinema.”
  •  have
  •  make
3. You ask, ”Is there anything in particular you’re interested __?”
  •  in
  •  on
4. If someone asks you that, you can reply ”I’m really __ sports.”
  •  in
  •  into
5. You want to say a bit more about your hobby. For example, ”I like playing tennis because it keeps me __”
  •  athletic
  •  fit
6. Here’s another example to talk more about your hobby. ”I’m quite __ and I like hanging out with my friends at the weekend.”
  •  friendly
  •  sociable
7. Here’s another example you can use to describe a hobby: ”Painting is quite a __ hobby.”
  •  artistic
  •  creative
8. If you like an activity like fishing, you can say ”You need a lot of __ for this.”
  •  patience
  •  waiting
9. You can also ask people about their hobbies. For example, ”Do you have an __ hobby?”
  •  uncommon
  •  unusual
10. Don’t forget to make a comment if someone tells you about an interesting hobby. You can say, ”That sounds __!”
  •  fascinating
  •  lovely