Favourite things

A young man riding a scooter

Listen to the speakers describing their favourite things and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.


Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.


Do this exercise before you listen.

Remote audio URL


A (boy)

My favourite thing has to be my new tablet. It's really light and quite small, so I take it with me everywhere. I'm always writing messages to friends and it's big enough to do college work on it too. It takes really good photos, and I play games and listen to music on it as well, of course. I often download films onto it and watch them in bed. My mum says I'm addicted, because I'm always on it. I even read things on it at breakfast time. I'm not allowed to at dinner time, though. I have to be polite and talk to people then. 'Welcome back to real life,' my mum says.

B (girl)

My favourite thing? Does my cat count as a thing? She's not really a thing, but anyway. She's a really beautiful little cat. I've had her since she was four months old. You know how some cats are really independent and hardly talk to you? I know cats don't really talk, but you know what I mean. Well, she's not like that at all. She's really affectionate and comes up to me as soon as I get home, purring away like mad. She makes a lot of noise for a tiny thing. She loves being stroked and comes and curls up next to me when I'm on the sofa. She's great company.

C (boy)

My new scooter! It's quite small, but fun, and just what I needed for getting around the city. I used to have quite a long walk to the metro, then a longish walk at the other end to get to college. But now I can just whiz there on my scooter. And there's no problem parking, there's always space for it. You have to be careful with the cars and lorries – they don't always see you – and when it rains the surface of the road is terrible, it gets really slippery. But in general it's perfect for me, and I can fit a friend on the back too – I've got an extra helmet for a friend. It's great. Riding along makes me feel so free.

D (girl)

This might sound a bit old-fashioned, but my sewing machine is my favourite thing. I'm studying fashion and love making things, as well as designing them. I also love clothes myself and often buy second-hand clothes –  everyone loves the “vintage” look at the moment – and then I adapt them to my size. It's much easier using a machine to do that than doing it by hand. I do alterations for my mum and my sister too. If I don't make it as a designer, I suppose I can always set up my own alterations and customising business. Customising clothes, by taking things off and adding things on, is actually very creative, so I wouldn't mind that.

E (boy)

My set of Japanese knives. That sounds a bit sinister, doesn't it, but I'm not a murderer or anything. They're chef's knives and the best ones come from Japan. Cooking is my new hobby. I got into it when I started watching Masterchef on TV. Then I went to an evening class for beginners, and I haven't looked back since. I try and have a dinner for between four and eight friends every two or three weeks. That gives me something to work towards and I always do new dishes so they can try them out and give me feedback. It's quite an expensive hobby if you use good ingredients, but now my friends help towards the cost. They still get a good meal for a very low price.


What's your favourite thing? Why is it important to you?

Language level
Average: 3.4 (31 votes)
Personal online tutoring
EnglishScore Tutors is the British Council’s one-to-one tutoring platform for 13- to 17-year-olds.


Submitted by Ahamd64 on Sat, 04/27/2024 - 14:26

my favorite think in my life is listening to music when i graduate from lessons or celebrating something success but i don't love to spend my so much time on it and I specially prefer to study books cause when you study something new it's as you travel in new world. it gives me a success feeling too when I finish a book

Submitted by Tanequo on Fri, 01/12/2024 - 12:13

I actually don't have a favorite thing right now, but I could imagine that I just got a new computer. I would obviously make it my favorite thing.

Submitted by sanyalearning on Fri, 12/08/2023 - 14:59

It's the Internet. Yes, personally, my favorite thing is this one. Why? Because It about 90 percent of information is on the Internet nowadays. If you wanna get information on an any issue that are interested you, you can do it easily. I like to study or receive information from the Net and I guess the Internet will develop progressively in the future.

Submitted by Liva Saroya on Wed, 10/25/2023 - 10:31

my favorite things is to listen to music ! my favorite music is Taylor swift she is a very goood singer!! rn im listening to style from the album "1989" !!

Submitted by aSwiftieLearni… on Tue, 09/19/2023 - 07:20

My favorite things are books, they allow me to zone out of the real world and stop stressing about school. I'm a perfectionist and it's hard not to get burnt out from so much work. Having to study and do homework in the morning, go to school in the afternoon, and in the evening study again, it's really stressful, so one of the solutions is to start reading. It really makes me forget how stressed I am. Another thing is making little trips to my favorite libraries and shop for books, CDs, and vinyls! I love listening to music! Taylor Swift is my favorite singer and she also helps to get through life! Her songs are so relatable!

Profile picture for user elfiees

Submitted by elfiees on Thu, 07/13/2023 - 08:05

My favorite thing in my life is books i guees. I love them because they provide me to thinking deeply and making interpretations.

Submitted by UDjo on Tue, 04/25/2023 - 14:53

My favorite activities are spending time in social media like Instagram, play computer games and watching serials.Sometimes I hang out with my friends and it gives me a lot of fun.

Submitted by pomelo on Wed, 03/01/2023 - 15:36

i think my favorite thing is the bike. Because I can exercise and hang out with my friends

Submitted by ahgima099 on Sun, 10/23/2022 - 04:45

I have no favorite thing in my life.

Submitted by Wendy on Sun, 08/21/2022 - 13:44

My favorite thing is the book that my grandfather gave me. It has a lot of poems, songs, and pictures that were composed and collected by him during the war. This book has made me grateful to fighters for their death which helped my country to win and end the terrible slaveship. I really love this book.

Submitted by davidrotabor on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 05:51

My favorite thing is my body and its components, without them I could not do anything

Submitted by SEBASTIAN on Wed, 07/06/2022 - 22:06

hi my favorite thing is my computer because in my computer i can edite videos , watch youtube ,play video games and listen music

Submitted by aycauzz1 on Wed, 06/08/2022 - 05:57

My favorite thing is books

Submitted by 01Aras on Tue, 06/07/2022 - 10:45

My favorite thing is football and computer games

Submitted by goksu on Thu, 06/02/2022 - 12:16

My favorite thing is my phone. Because I have access to everything right away.

Submitted by Caner on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 08:54

Playing football is among my favorite things.

Submitted by ExtremeBoka on Tue, 03/01/2022 - 23:46

What I like the most is my laptop because I can do almost everything: Watch videos, write, read and also play video games! My laptop is a gift from my father when I got to high school.

Submitted by raaniiaa on Wed, 10/20/2021 - 18:31

My favorite thing is my scrunchie because it was a birthday present and also that day was 1 year after I meet my friend. Also it is handmade i have it since 2019 and it is really useful. The reason that she made me a scrunchie for present on my birthday is because i was obsessed with scrunchies.
Profile picture for user Valeria_

Submitted by Valeria_ on Sat, 08/21/2021 - 12:36

My favorite thing is my cell phone because it is very easy to use and it is small so you can take it everywhere, also because with it you can do many things such as taking classes, doing homework, watching videos, chatting with friends, etc.

Submitted by nelly_boom90 on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 17:01

My favorite thing has to be my cell phone. My parents presented me it on my bday. My phone is white with a transparent case. I do on it almost everything. It is really convenience to sit on social networks, especially to watch films and serials on it. I gotta mention that i am really into music, so i also listen to music on my phone literally every day. I even read books on it because the screen is wide and almost doesn`t have frames. And of course i send messages and talk to my friends on videocall who is unfortunately far away from me. My phone is really modern and fast, it has plenty of memory. Also it takes bright and vivid photos
Profile picture for user Elpro202

Submitted by Elpro202 on Sat, 07/24/2021 - 01:42

The books are my favourite because I love reading and they have a special meaning for me :)

Submitted by DOOMslayer1232 on Tue, 07/06/2021 - 19:29

My favorite thing is my sketchbook, I love to draw in it, it is very enjoyable and relaxing

Submitted by hermione123 on Mon, 04/26/2021 - 21:16

I guess my favorite things are my painting supplies and my laptop. And also my Harry Potter books
Profile picture for user Andrii

Submitted by Andrii on Wed, 03/31/2021 - 19:26

I think my favourite thing is my computer, because i love to play games on it.
Profile picture for user rafaelyeshua

Submitted by rafaelyeshua on Mon, 12/28/2020 - 18:52

my favourite thing is my headphones, i know it's a little stupid but i like it, i can listen music with the radio, use bluetooth with my phone,and i can be in different places to listen music, i like it

Submitted by cookiepg on Mon, 08/31/2020 - 04:19

My favourite thing is the laptop and some thing.............................................
Profile picture for user Xuka

Submitted by Xuka on Wed, 08/26/2020 - 18:59

What's your favorite thing? Why is it important to you? Recently, my favorite thing is my computer. Before it belonged to my father. After buying a new one, Dad gave me this. I love it. I can learn a lot of subjects and relax in it. I clearly understand the advantages and disadvantages of the laptop. So, I always control the time I use it.

Submitted by pln on Fri, 08/21/2020 - 12:53

i think my favourite thing is my life and things that ı have got, like my family and friends. in my opinion our ideas and emotions more important than our belongings or something we have

Submitted by Moony on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:51

My favorite thing is my laptop, I now that it sounds a bit weird but it doesn't matter. It's my favorite thing because it help me for many things like study, watch films, read books and search things.

Submitted by Rahaf_ml on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:24

my favorite thing is writing and the best thing i have is my books. Why it is important? because writing is the best and the only way to express my self, i think without it my life will be horrable, and reading beside it is fun it help me to write in a good way and improve my vocabulary.

Submitted by helenblack on Sun, 08/02/2020 - 12:41

My favorite things are my books. They are more than friends, they are a part of me! As if I'm exploring a different world in each book, I love reading book very much. Also I learn many things from them. I have a lot of book, some of my favorite series are The Maze Runner, Harry Potter, Fairy Oak, Percy Jackson and The Olimpians. Books are one of the best things that give me life!

Submitted by Mamou1 on Fri, 07/10/2020 - 09:59

My favorite thing? I think it my computer because I'm always on it. it's really simple for me to use it for doing my work or if I have a project I can simply do on it. I can watch movies on it, like on the TV. It really comfortable for me to use my computer.

Submitted by Niriamcar on Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:43

My favourite thing is my mobile phone. It was never a special thing for me but nowadays it is my life. The quarentine is so hard and the phone offers to you a lot of options to disconnect of your problems. I also study languages with the movile phone and I can watch series in other languages. I wish improve my inglesh :)

Submitted by peachygirl on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 16:10

My favourite thing is sports. I really like it because it makes me strong and more powerful. Also I like playing guitar because I love music.

Submitted by marlopseg on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:55

My favorite thing is the football.Because it´s a lot of fun,entertaining and even though i can´t play always have a ball in my feet

Submitted by NCarboni on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 12:11

My favorite thing is a simple soccer ball, it is a symbol that shows how much important football is for me. Football is everything for me, but unluckiky, i had to leave it many times because I had a lot of accident or for other season.

Submitted by _king_ on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 11:38

My favourite thing is a dictionary. Yes, a dictionary. I love learning new words while i'm reading it. Everyday i learn more words reading diverse dictionaries. I just love it
Profile picture for user hermygranger2005

Submitted by hermygranger2005 on Sun, 01/19/2020 - 15:48

My favourite thing is my TV. It's black and quite large. I can watch television on it but also Youtube and I can use internet on it too. It is very entretaining thought.
Profile picture for user Jony3031

Submitted by Jony3031 on Mon, 10/21/2019 - 23:21

My favourity things is my tablet. It is white, large and very technological. It helps me to do tasks, jobs and entertaiment to play but only in free time.

Submitted by Ricky26 on Wed, 09/25/2019 - 01:23

My favorite thing is watching kids comedy movies.Because i love seeing them.

Submitted by sorawitTH011 on Tue, 09/10/2019 - 05:12

My favourite thing has to be my telephone. It takes really good video, and I play games and listen to music on it as well, of course.

Submitted by suthineeing001 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:59

My favorite thing is YouTube because it makes me feel good. (001)

Submitted by Jirapa028 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 03:28

I love the country so much because Korea K-pop. Because I like the music that much fun. The want to visit Korea.

Submitted by oilsasimaporn003 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 02:35

What I like is the camera because it focuses on what makes me comfortable. Better than blurring and sorry Because life is too short to waste time on anything that causes us suffering. (Y Thalian 003)

Submitted by kritsanawechakama on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 02:25

I like joox because I like listening to music when I hear music. it makes me feel good. Thailand 002

Submitted by Chonticha009 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 02:05

What I like is Japanese animation Because of free time, I like to watch it, make me relax and have fun.

Submitted by Suwanan6232040033 on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 23:42

My favorite thing is a puppy because I like to play with it. It looks cute when following me. It makes me feel like having a puppy. To play with, causing me to relieve stress and relieve loneliness

Submitted by Gengglaworawas0015 on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:52

My favourite thing is my guitar because when i play guitar, i'm so happy. i like the guitar sound because it melodic !!!
English courses near you