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Spanish vocabulary: Daily routine

30 Aug, 2017 Popular Articles
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In this lesson, we will learn some common words and phrases to talk about daily routine in Spanish. Let's learn how to talk about your schedule and your daily activities in Spanish!

Spanish daily routine vocabulary

How to say these daily activities in Spanish?

Spanish daily routine vocabulary

  • daily routine - rutina diaria
  • to awaken - despertar (used to talk about someone or something that wakes a person, like your mother or an alarm clock.)

If you want to talk about someone being woken up by something or someone else, use reflexive pronouns such as me or te to indicate who is being awoken. And in this case, the verb isn't reflexive.

For example: my mother wakes me up - mi madre me despierta 

  • to wake up - despertarse (used when someone has woken up without provocation)

For example:

I wake up in the morning - me despierto en la mañana

  • get up - levantarse
  • wash one's face - lavarse la cara
  • brush one's teeth - cepillarse los dientes (Me lavo los dientes - I wash/brush my teeth)
  • have a shower - ducharse (I have a shower - Me duchowear - vestir)
  • get dressed - vestirse (I get dressed - Me visto)
  • put on clothes - ponerse la ropa
  • shave - afeitarse

I shave - me afeito

Do you shave? - ¿te afeitas? 

  • put makeup on oneself - Maquillarse/pintarse
  • have a shower - ducharse (I have a shower - me ducho)
  • bath - bañarse


You may have noticed that all these verbs end in -se. And they are reflexive. This means that the subject of the sentence performs an action on itself.

See also: Spanish reflexive verbs and pronouns

For example: Me baño - I bath (I bath myself)

When conjugating these verbs, you need to add the reflexive pronouns (me/te/se/nos/os/se) in front of conjugated forms

For example:

Me lavo la cara, me cepillo los dientes y me ducho - I wash my face, I brush my teeth and I have a shower

See also: Common Spanish verbs you need to know

Other common daily routine vocabulary

  • make the bed - hacer la cama
  • I comb my hair - me peino
  • eat - comer
  • prepare the food - hacer la comida
  • have breakfast - desayunar
  • have lunch - almorzar
  • have dinner - cenar
  • rest - descanso
  • leave the house - salir de casa (Salgo de casa a las ocho. - I leave home at 8 o'clock)
  • arrive home - llegar a casa
  • take off one's clothes - quitarse la ropa
  • go to bed - acostarse
  • fall asleep - dormirse
  • go to work - trabajar
  • study - estudiar
  • watch television - ver la televisión/ver la tele
  • listen to music - escuchar música
  • kiss - besarse
  • hug - abrazarse
  • go to school - ir a la escuela
  • drive - manejar
  • catch the bus - tomar el autobús
  • do some exercise - hacer ejercicio
  • do the homework - hacer la tarea
  • set the alarm clock - poner el despertador

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