TOEFL IBT – Leisure

Vocabulary is promordial in order to improve your TOEFL score. Remember, Preparation is the key to succeed !

This vocabulary will be useful for expanding your English vocabulary, for talking to a friend, or especially for any number of English language exams you may take. Here we will look at the most commonly used words related to leisure, along with their French translations.


the area adjacent to a seashore

Some towns want to close down beach parking lots at sunset.

la plage


to ride a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals, and having handlebars and a saddle-like seat

We go biking and rollerblading and sometimes go to the movies.

faire du vélo


to visit the mountains or forest and stay in a tent

If not, dispersed camping and even picnicking will be lost.

le camping


a public musical performance in which a number of singers or instrumentalists, or both, participate

The status of the remaining concerts on the tour remains uncertain.

le concert


the art or practice of preparing food

That’s what cooking organically is all about.



the act of a person or thing that sketches in lines or words

As his mental illness worsened, he gave up drawing.

le dessin


the act of catching fish

Fishing has been bad, and therefore, so has business.

la pêche


the act of cultivating or tending a garden

Do some or all of your own gardening and yard work.

le jardinage

go for a walk

to walk for pleasure

We didn’t feel safe enough to go for a walk at night.

aller se promener

go shopping

to visit shops and stores for purchasing or examining goods

I drive my wife nuts when I go shopping with her.

faire les courses

go to the movies

to attend the exhibition of a motion picture

We watch TV and we go to the movies whenever we can.

aller au cinéma


to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure

There are 900 more miles of hiking trails in the park.

la randonnée

ice skating

to glide or propel oneself over ice

For years, ice skating has been part of life in Great Neck.

le patinage sur glace


the act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn

I’m also knitting my daughter a sweater.

le tricot


the act, art, or word of a person who produces a picture in paint

It is clear that not painting makes her feel empty.

la peinture


an area of land, usually in a largely natural state, for the enjoyment of the public

Maps provide a visual guide to parks, shopping, and restaurants.

le parc


a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, entertainment, etc.

And this was a party that never ran out of ice.

la fête


the process or art of producing images of objects by using a camera

Now he’s furthering his photography through similarly enthusiastic means.

la photographie


an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air

My mother used to find people having picnics on the lawn.

le pique-nique

play an instrument

to perform using an apparatus for producing musical sounds

The ability to play an instrument is not strictly necessary.

jouer d’un instrument

play computer games

to play any of various games on a home computer

It is no secret that workers play computer games on the job.

jouer à l’ordinateur


to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of something written or printed

He read the newspaper and went to bed without a word.



to skate on in-line skates

Amie said she’d miss rollerblading and e-mailing.

le roller

see a play

to attend a dramatic composition or piece performed on a stage

The older ladies can see a play on a Sunday afternoon.

voir une pièce


the act or work of one who makes or repairs a garment by joining or attaching by stitches

The advantages of sewing haven’t changed.

la couture


a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel

Rosenbaum was said to be on vacation and unavailable for comment.

les vacances


the act of a person or thing that produces as author or composer

I find writing to be a relaxing pastime.


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