82. Hobbies (Listen and Read)

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82. Hobbies
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A lot of people have hobbies.
Hobbies are interesting things that people like to do in their spare time.
My father has a hobby.
He has a model railroad set that he put together.
A tiny electric train runs through make-believe villages
and travels through tunnels and over mountains.
My father also enjoys sailing.
He has a real sailboat that he takes us out on.
He is teaching me how to sail.
I like to collect things.
I collect comic books, stamps and coins.
I trade comic books with some of my friends,
and sometimes I buy comic books at stores.
Some of the very old comic books are worth a lot of money.
I have stamps from all over the world.
Whenever any of my friends get a letter from a faraway place,
they save the stamps for me.
I have stamps from England, Japan, Australia and even Russia.
I use a magnifying glass to look at the stamps,
and I keep them in a special album.
I don't have too many coins yet,
but I have a very old dime from Canada,
and I have a coin with a hole in it from Africa.
My mother used to collect dolls when she was a little girl.
The dolls wore costumes from different countries.
My friend John's hobby is painting.
He does oil painting.
He has even sold some of his paintings.
He is a good artist.
My friend Linda sews.
She has made clothes for herself and some of her friends.
Maybe Linda will be a fashion designer when she gets older.
Sometimes people's hobbies lead them into their careers.
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