Lesson 16 Chinese and American Hobbies
David：I noticed that your hobbies do not include book reading, painting, poetry, or collecting stamps. Do you think this generation of China is not so interested in traditional hobbies? I find many students in the Internet cafe playing games or chatting online.
You：Yes, but people should not get addicted to the computer. For some people it’s too late, they are already lost in cyberspace.
David：I think many students used to read books as a hobby before. Do you think this generation is not reading as many books?
You：Do you think reading books or collecting stamps are sedentary hobbies?
David：They are not active hobbies. They are passive. But playing computer game is also sedentary.
You：Yes. Your body is passive, but your mind is very active.
David：Well, what do you know about American hobbies?
You：I know about baseball and basketball … Americans like to travel.
David：Yes. There are many hobbies in the United States.
You：I have heard that American children like to ski.
David：Among the younger people in America, sports are still a very popular hobby. Other popular hobbies include reading books, watching TV, and some other traditional kinds of hobbies.