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 movies.
映画が好き。 eiga ga suki.
(I) like watching movies.
映画を見るのが好き。 eiga wo miruno ga suki.
I like eating with chopsticks.
箸で食べるのが好き。 hasi 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。 kanozyo ha yoru ni untensuruno ga kirai desu.