In a previous lesson we learned that we can nominalize verbs, which means turning them into nouns, by attaching の after the plain form. We used this to express skill at doing an activity.
We can use the same pattern to express our like or dislike of a certain activity. To say that you like doing something, we simply use a verb in the plain form + のが好き. Similarly, if you don’t like something, you can use plain form + のが嫌い.
We already knew how to say I like movies. Now we're also able to say I like watching movies.
|I like eating with chopsticks.||箸 で 食べるの が 好き。hashi de taberuno ga suki.|
|(My) girlfriend hates driving at night.||彼女 は 夜 に 運転するの が 嫌い です。kanojo wa yoru ni untensuruno ga kirai desu.|
|(I) like traveling by steam train.||汽車 で 旅行するの が 好き。kisha de ryokousuruno ga suki.|
|(I) don't like studying.||勉強するの が 嫌い です。benkyousuruno ga kirai desu.|