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Lesson 77 – Hobbies

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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