Daily Routine in Spanish: 60 Words You Should Know

Travel phrases will come in handy when you’re gallivanting about in Spanish-speaking countries.

Food words will help you navigate your way around even the most advanced Spanish-language restaurant menus.

But when it comes to vocabulary that you can use every day, there’s nothing quite like Spanish daily routine vocabulary.


Morning Routine Spanish Vocabulary

Me despierto en la mañana. (I wake up in the morning.)

Me levanté a las ocho y media. (I got out of bed at eight thirty.)

Hago la cama todos los días. (I make the bed every day.)

Puedo vestirme muy rápido. (I can get dressed very fast.)

Me pongo la camisa después de ducharme. (I put on my shirt after I shower.)

Él tiene que afeitarse cada mañana. (He has to shave each morning.)

No tengo tiempo para maquillarme en la mañana. (I don’t have time to put makeup on in the morning.)

Enrique va a la escuela a las siete. (Enrique goes to school at seven.)

Hygiene Spanish Vocabulary

Ella prefiere ducharse por la noche. (She prefers to shower at night.)

Tu te bañas cada mañana. (You take a bath each morning.)

Me lavo las manos después de ir al baño. (I wash my hands after going to the bathroom.)

Me cepillo los dientes dos veces al día. (I brush my teeth twice a day.)

Se cepilla el pelo antes de irse a la escuela. (She brushes her hair before leaving for school.)

  • Peinarse To comb one’s hair, to do your hair

No me gusta peinarme. (I don’t like to comb my hair.)

Mi madre me peina. (My mom does my hair.)

Meal Time Spanish Vocabulary

Comemos juntos una vez por semana. (We eat together once a week.)

Yo hago la comida cuando tengo hambre. (I make food when I’m hungry.)

¿Te gustaría desayunar conmigo el viernes? (Would you like to eat breakfast with me on Friday?)

Voy a almorzar con mis amigos cada semana. (I go and have lunch with my friends every week.)

Mis abuelos salen para cenar los viernes. (My grandparents go out for dinner on Fridays.)

Tomo un descanso a las cinco. (I take a break at 5.)

  • Merendar To have an afternoon snack/tea

Los ingleses merendan cada tarde. (The English have a tea break every afternoon.)

Los niños pican papas fritas cuando llegan en la tarde. (The kids snack on potato chips when they arrive in the afternoon.)

Bedtime Routine Spanish Vocabulary

Llegué a casa a las once. (I got home at eleven.)

Me quito la ropa después del trabajo. (I take my clothes off after work.)

Te desvistes antes de ducharte. (You get undressed before you shower.)

Ella se desnuda antes de ducharse. (She undresses before taking a shower.)

El niño se acuesta a las ocho. (The child goes to bed at 8.)

Me duermo temprano. (I fall asleep early.)

Activity Routine Spanish Vocabulary

Me voy a trabajar a las ocho. (I go to work at 8.)

Estudias treinta minutos cada día. (You study 30 minutes every day.)

Vemos la televisión mientras cenamos. (We watch TV while we eat dinner.)

Ellos escuchan música a las 5 a. m. y lo odio. (They listen to music at 5AM and I hate it.)

Ella me manda mensajes después de trabajar cada noche. (She sends me texts after work every night.)

Intento leer al menos quince minutos cada día. (I try to read at least 15 minutes a day.)

Vocabulary for Adding Details to Your Routine

So we’ve got the main routine words down, but what if you want to describe them a little more—for example, tell someone when or how often you do said routine?

For this, knowing some Spanish adverbs of frequency and where to place them in a sentence will help. 

Here are some adverbs and other vocabulary words that might come in handy for expressing your routine with a bit more accuracy. 

Trabajo cada día. (I work every day.)

Trabajo durante la semana. (I work during the week.)

Ella visita a su abuela una vez al mes. (She visits her grandma once a month.)

Tienes que ver el doctor una vez al año. (You have to see the doctor one time each year.)

El lunes es el primer día de la semana laboral. (Monday is the first day of the work week.)

Mis padres salen a cenar los martes. (My parents go out for dinner on Tuesdays.)

Ella no trabaja los miércoles. (She doesn’t work on Wednesdays.)

Necesitamos ir al supermercado el jueves. (We need to go to the supermarket on Thursday.)

Hay una fiesta el viernes. (There’s a party on Friday.)

¿Quieres ir al cine el sábado? (Do you want to go to the movies on Saturday?)

Mi familia va a la iglesia los domingos. (My family goes to church on Sundays.)

A veces voy al aeropuerto y veo los aviones. (Sometimes I go to the airport and watch the planes.)

Normalmente voy al gym a las 5 p. m. (I normally go to the gym at 5pm.)

Ella hace huevos cada mañana. (She makes eggs every morning.)

Hoy voy a escuela. (I’m going to school today.)

Ana tiene una entrevista mañana. (Ana has an interview tomorrow.)

Ayer fui a trabajar después del desayuno. (I went to work after breakfast yesterday.)

Nos vamos a juntar luego. (We’re going to meet up later.)

Nos vamos ahora. (We’re leaving now.)

Ellos van a salir más tarde. (They’re going to go out later.)

Leo antes de tener que ir al trabajo. (I read before I have to go to work.)

Vas a cocinar la cena después de la fiesta. (You’re going to cook dinner after the party.)

Entonces entendí lo que había pasado. (Then I understood what had happened.)

Vamos a cenar y después iremos a bailar. (We’re going to have dinner and then we’re going dancing.)

  • Ya Already

¿Ya te cepillaste los dientes? (Did you brush your teeth already?)

Mi padre duerme durante sus reuniones de trabajo. (My dad sleeps during his work meetings.)

Reflexive Verbs and Daily Routine

You probably noticed that a lot of these words end in se, which means they’re reflexive verbs. This is the verb type we use when the agent of the action is acting on his or her own self.

When an agent is acting on someone else, we might still use pronouns like me, te and le to indicate who is being acted upon, but the verb is no longer reflexive.

Let’s look at the difference between despertar and despertarse (to wake up).

If we’re going to use the reflexive version of this verb, then the acting agent must be the same as who the agent is acting upon, so you’ll start with the reflexive infinitive verb despertarse and turn that into:

Me despierto (I wake up)

Te despiertas (You wake up) 

Se despierta (He/she wakes up)

To indicate that someone is acting on someone else, you might have:

Ella despierta a Juan (She wakes up Juan)

Mi madre me despierta (My mother wakes me up)

Te despierto (I wake you up)

How to Practice Daily Routine Vocabulary

Now that we’ve gone over these new vocabulary words, let’s look at some different ways you can practice these words and a few different resources you can use:

  • Create a daily journal. Write about what you’ve done each day, using these words to describe your own routine. As you write, you’ll become accustomed to describing your day with your new vocabulary words.
  • Listen to these words in use. This will help you learn the words and how to pronounce them correctly. You can listen to native speakers talking about daily routines in Spanish with podcasts and YouTube, or on FluentU if you want a little extra support.

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  • Create flashcards. Flashcards are the tried-and-true method to learn vocabulary. You can create them by hand or use an app such as Anki.


As you can see, everyday vocabulary doesn’t have to be boring.

With these great words and phrases you can use to describe your daily routine, every day!

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