The verb "harrastaa"

When you want to say that you are interested as a hobby in a certain sport, dance, music, or any other noun, you put that noun in the partitive.

- Mitä sinä harrastat? - What do you enjoy as a hobby?
- Harrastan hiihtoa, luistelua, tennis,... - I enjoy skiing, skating, tennis,....
- Harrastan salsaa, sambaa, balettia,... - In enjoy salsa, samba, ballet,...



When you want to say you enjoy DOING something, you can't use just the infinitive of the verb! You have to turn it into a noun. This means taking the 3rd person plural, removing the -vat and adding -minen. This -minen form of the verb is called the fourth infinitive.

- Mitä sinä harrastat? - What do you enjoy doing as a hobby?
- Harrastan opiskelemista. - I enjoy studying as a hobby.
- Harrastamme lukemista. - We enjoy reading as a hobby.
- Harrastat leipomista. - You like to bake as a hobby.



When you want to make a combination and say you enjoy watching (=verb) television (=noun), you have to change the word order. The noun will in this case always be put in the genitive form.

- Mitä sinä harrastat? - What do you enjoy doing as a hobby?
- Harrastan television katsomista. - I enjoy watching television as a hobby.
- Harrastamme ruoan laittamista. - We enjoy preparing food as a hobby.