Describing Your Daily Routine in Spanish

Learning the vocabulary words used for describing your daily routine in Spanish is very valuable. You are likely to use these ubiquitous words again and again in conversation. Every day you get up, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed, and have breakfast before going to work or school, don’t you? This means must-know Spanish words such as the days of the week, frequency adverbs, and daily routine vocabulary have to become your best friends or you may struggle to communicate some basic information in Spanish.

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Daily Routine Verbs

Before we start you should note that several verbs on this list have reflexive forms (se), which are the type of verbs that you’ll use when the subject is acting on himself or herself, such as someone brushing their teeth.

Morning Routine

Despertar (se) - To wake up

Example: Normalmente despierto a las 6:00 am. - I usually wake up at 06:00 am.

Levantarse - To get up

Example: Me levanto a las 06:30 am. - I get up at 06:30 am.

Cepilarse los dientes - To brush one’s teeth

Example: Ella se cepilla los dientes luego de levantarse. - She brushes her teeth after getting up.

Hacer la cama - To make one’s bed

Example: Yo nunca hago la cama en la mañana. - I never make my bed in the morning.

Ducharse - To take a shower

Example: Tomé una ducha fría esta mañana. - I took a cold shower this morning.

Vestirse – To get dressed

Example: Siempre me visto luego de ducharme. - I always get dressed after taking a shower.

Irse - To go

Example: Me voy al trabajo a las 8:30am. - I go to work at 8:30am.

Time to Eat

Preparar (la comida) - To make food

Example: Yo preparo el desayuno antes de irme a trabajar. - I make breakfast before going to work.

Desayunar - To have/eat breakfast

Example: Siempre desayuno en mi casa. - I always have breakfast at home.

Almorzar - To have/eat lunch

Example: ¿Vas a almorzar con nosotros? - Are you going to have lunch with us?

Cenar - To have/eat dinner

Example: Quiero cenar pizza. - I want to have pizza for dinner.

Daily Activities

Comenzar a trabajar - To start work

Example: Comienzo a trabajar a las 9:00 am. - I start work at 9:00am.

Salir de trabajar - To get off work

Example: Ellos salen del trabajo a las 5:00pm. - They get off work at 5:00pm.

Trabajar - To work

Example: Trabajo de 9 a 5. - I work from 9 to 5.

Comenzar clases – To start classes

Example: Ella comienza clases a las 7:45 am todos los días. - She starts clases at 7:45 am every day.

Llegar a casa - To get/arrive home

Example: Mi hermano llega a casa a las 8:00pm. - My brother gets home at 8:00pm.

Estudiar - To study

Example: Estudio francés todos los sábados. - I study French on Saturdays.

Ver la tele/television - To watch TV

Example: Veo la tele todas las tardes. - I watch TV every afternoon.

Escuchar música - To listen to music

Example: Escucho música cuando estoy triste. - I listen to music when I’m sad.

Revisar las redes sociales - To check one’s social media platforms

Example: Siempre estoy revisando mi Facebook. – I’m always checking Facebook.

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Bedtime Routine

Desvestirse - To get undressed

Example: Ella se desvistió y se fue al baño. - She got undressed and went to the bathroom.

Irse a dormir - To go to bed

Example: Me fui a dormir temprano. - I went to bed early.

Dormirse - To fall asleep

Example: Me dormí muy rápido. - I fell asleep very fast.

Days of the Week

Lunes - Monday

Example: Yo no trabajo los lunes. - I don’t work on Mondays.

Martes - Tuesday

Example: Ella tiene clases de cocina los martes. - She has cooking lessons on Tuesdays.

Miércoles - Wednesday

Example: Tengo una reunión el miércoles. - I have a meeting on Wednesday.

Jueves - Thursday

Example: El jueves debo ir al dentista. - I have to go to the dentist on Thursday.

Viernes - Friday

Example: Siempre voy al cine los viernes. - I always go to the movies on Fridays.

Sábado - Saturday

Example: Juego fútbol todos los sábados. - I play soccer on Saturdays.

Domingo - Sunday

Example: No hago nada los domingos. - I do nothing on Sundays.

Spanish Frequency Adverbs

Normalmente – Normally

Example: Normalmente desayuno antes de salir de la casa. - I normally have breakfast before leaving the house.

Usualmente - Usually

Example: Yo usualmente saco a mi perro en las mañanas. - I usually take out my dog in the morning.

A menudo - Often

Example: ¿Vienes por acá a menudo? – No, de hecho, no. - Do you come around often? No, actually, I don’t.

Frecuentemente – Frequently

Example: Ella va al gimnasio frecuentemente. - She goes to the gym frequently.

Regularmente – Regularly

Example: Mi hermano limpia su habitación regularmente. - My brother cleans up his room regularly.

A veces - Sometimes

Example: A veces voy a correr. - I sometimes go for a run.

Pocas veces - Rarely

Example: Yo visito a mis primos pocas veces. - I rarely visit my cousins.

Todos los días - Every day

Example: Yo voy a la escuela todos los días. - I go to school every day.

Nunca - Never

Example: Yo nunca hago ejercicio. - I never do exercise.

Siempre - Always

Example: Yo siempre me quedo en casa los fines de semana. - I always stay in on the weekend.

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Boost Your Spanish Fluency

After reading this article you may want to go back to your first Spanish lessons and refresh your memory some more. If this is your first dip into Spanish vocabulary, you now have lots of words and phrases to familiarize yourself with. As we have said before, don’t underestimate the power of basic Spanish language; it is the foundation of many more things to come.

As you go about your daily routine try thinking of the Spanish words for what you are doing. It will help boost your fluency.