Lesson 18: Expressing Likes and Dislikes



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: expressing likes and dislikes. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about likes and dislikes.

Dorothy, do you like to learn languages?
I love to learn other languages. Right now I like learning Spanish.
I loathe learning Spanish, but I enjoy learning Russian.
What about school?
I don’t like going to school. I would rather learn on the internet.
I hate learning online. However, I’m crazy about going to school.
Which types of movies do you like and dislike?
I adore romance movies, but I detest action movies.
I can’t stand drama movies.
We all have our likes and dislikes. Some things we like or dislike a lot or a little.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

I love (p + v) to have a strong liking for something; take great pleasure in
I love to cook.
I like (p + v) to take pleasure in something
I like rice.
I loathe (p + v) to hate something very much
I loathe when people talk bad about other people.
I enjoy (p + v) to take pleasure in something
I enjoy playing golf.
I don’t like (negative – p + v) to not take pleasure in something
I don’t like apples.
I hate (p + v) a very strong feeling of dislike
I hate tomatoes.
I’m crazy about (phrase) informal; excited about something; like a lot
I’m crazy about football.
I adore (p + v) to like or desire something very much; to take great pleasure in
I adore when he gives me flowers.
I detest (p + v) to dislike something very strongly
I detest politics.
I can’t stand (phrase) to hate something; be unable to put up with something or someone
I can’t stand when he talks while he’s eating.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Do you like or dislike flying in an airplane?
    1. I hate flying in airplanes because I’m afraid.
    2. I love flying in airplanes because it’s exciting.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Do you like or dislike football?
    1. I loathe football because my brothers are always watching it on TV.
    2. I’m crazy about football, and my favorite team is Manchester United.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Do you like or dislike exercising?
    1. I detest exercising, but I do it to stay healthy.
    2. I’m crazy about exercising, and I go to the gym every day.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Do you like or dislike pasta?
    1. I enjoy eating pasta on occasion.
    2. I love eating pasta, especially spaghetti.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you like or dislike flowers?
    1. I can’t stand flowers because I’m allergic to them.
    2. I adore flowers because they are so beautiful.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up. You can use the expressions for like and dislike you learned above.

  1. Do you like or dislike music? Why or why not?
  2. Do you like or dislike when people snore? Why or why not?
  3. Do you like or dislike when people bite their nails? Why or why not?
  4. Do you like or dislike reading books? Why or why not?
  5. Do you like or dislike pets? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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