Talking About Your Daily Routine in Spanish: 30+ 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.

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Talking About Your Daily Routine in Spanish

Morning Routine Vocabulary

SpanishEnglishExample
DespertarseTo wake upMe despierto en la mañana. (I wake up in the morning.)
LevantarseTo get upMe levanté a las ocho y media. (I got out of bed at eight thirty.)
Hacer la camaTo make the bedHago la cama todos los días. (I make the bed every day.)
VestirseTo get dressedPuedo vestirme muy rápido. (I can get dressed very fast.)
PonerseTo put on (clothes) Me pongo la camisa después de ducharme. (I put on my shirt after I shower.)
AfeitarseTo shaveÉl tiene que afeitarse cada mañana. (He has to shave each morning.)
Maquillarse/pintarseTo put on makeupNo tengo tiempo para maquillarme en la mañana. (I don't have time to put makeup on in the morning.)
Ir a...To go to...Enrique va a la escuela a las siete. (Enrique goes to school at seven.)

Hygiene Vocabulary

SpanishEnglishExample
DucharseTo take a showerElla prefiere ducharse por la noche. (She prefers to shower at night.)
BañarseTo take a bathTu te bañas cada mañana. (You take a bath each morning.)
LavarseTo clean/wash oneselfMe lavo las manos después de ir al baño. (I wash my hands after going to the bathroom.)
Lavarse/cepillarse los dientesTo brush one's teethMe cepillo los dientes dos veces al día. (I brush my teeth twice a day.)
Cepillarse el peloTo brush one's hairSe cepilla el pelo antes de irse a la escuela. (She brushes her hair before leaving for school.)
PeinarseTo comb one's hair, to do your hairNo me gusta peinarme. (I don't like to comb my hair.)
Mi madre me peina. (My mom does my hair.)

Meal Time Vocabulary

SpanishEnglishExample
ComerTo eatComemos juntos una vez por semana. (We eat together once a week.)
Hacer la comidaTo make foodYo hago la comida cuando tengo hambre. (I make food when I'm hungry.)
DesayunarTo eat breakfastTe gustaría desayunar conmigo el viernes? (Would you like to eat breakfast with me on Friday?)
AlmorzarTo eat lunchVoy a almorzar con mis amigos cada semana. (I go and have lunch with my friends every week.)
CenarTo eat dinnerMis abuelos salen para cenar los viernes. (My grandparents go out for dinner on Fridays.)
DescansoRest/breakTomo un descanso a las cinco. (I take a break at 5.)
MerendarTo have an afternoon snack/teaLos ingleses merendan cada tarde. (The English have a tea break every afternoon.)
PicarTo snack on Los niños pican papas fritas cuando llegan en la tarde. (The kids snack on potato chips when they arrive in the afternoon.)

Bedtime Routine Vocabulary

SpanishEnglish<strongExample
Llegar a casaTo arrive homeLlegué a casa a las once. (I got home at eleven.)
Quitarse la ropaTo take off one's clothesMe quito la ropa después del trabajo. (I take my clothes off after work.)
DesvestirseTo undress oneselfTe desvistes antes de ducharte. (You get undressed before you shower.)
DesnudarseTo get nakedElla se desnuda antes de ducharse. (She undresses before taking a shower.)
AcostarseTo go to bed, to lie downEl niño se acuesta a las ocho. (The child goes to bed at 8.)
DormirseTo fall asleepMe duermo temprano. (I fall asleep early.)

Activity Routine Vocabulary

SpanishEnglishExample
TrabajarTo workMe voy a trabajar a las ocho. (I go to work at 8.)
EstudiarTo studyEstudias treinta minutos cada día. (You study 30 minutes every day.)
Ver la televisiónTo watch TVVemos la televisión mientras cenamos. (We watch TV while we eat dinner.)
Escuchar músicaTo listen to musicEllos escuchan música a las 5 a. m. y lo odio. (They listen to music at 5AM and I hate it.)
Mandar mensajesTo send textsElla me manda mensajes después de trabajar cada noche. (She sends me texts after work every night.)
LeerTo readIntento 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?

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

SpanishEnglishExample
DíaDayTrabajo cada día. (I work every day.)
SemanaWeekTrabajo durante la semana. (I work during the week.)
MesMonthElla visita su abuela una vez al mes. (She visits her grandma once a month.)
AñoYearTienes que ver el doctor una vez al año. (You have to see the doctor one time each year.)
LunesMondayEl lunes es el primer día de la semana laboral. (Monday is the first day of the work week.)
MartesTuesdayMis padres salen a cenar los martes. (My parents go out for dinner on Tuesdays.)
MiércolesWednesdayElla no trabaja los miércoles. (She doesn't work on Wednesdays.)
JuevesThursdayNecesitamos ir al supermercado el jueves. (We need to go to the supermarket on Thursday.)
ViernesFridayHay una fiesta el viernes. (There's a party on Friday.)
SábadoSaturday¿Quieres ir al cine el sábado? (Do you want to go to the movies on Saturday?)
DomingoSundayMi familia va a la iglesia los domingos. (My family goes to church on Sundays.)
A vecesSometimesA veces yo voy al aeropuerto y veo los aviones. (Sometimes I go to the airport and watch the planes.)
NormalmenteNormallyNormalmente voy al gym a las 5 p. m. (I normally go to the gym at 5pm.)
CadaEach/everyElla hace huevos cada mañana. (She makes eggs every morning.)
HoyTodayHoy voy a escuela. (I'm going to school today.)
MañanaTomorrowAna tiene una entrevista mañana. (Ana has an interview tomorrow.)
AyerYesterdayAyer fui a trabajar después del desayuno. (I went to work after breakfast yesterday.)
LuegoLaterNos vamos a juntar luego. (We're going to meet up later.)
AhoraNowNos vamos ahora. (We're leaving now.)
Más tardeLaterEllos van a salir más tarde. (They're going to go out later.)
Antes deBeforeLeo antes de tener que ir al trabajo. (I read before I have to go to work.)
Después deAfterVas a cocinar la cena después de la fiesta. (You're cooking dinner after the party.)
EntoncesThenEntonces entendí lo que había pasado. (Then I understood what had happened.)
DespuésThenVamos a cenar y después iremos a bailar. (We're going to have dinner and then we're going dancing.)
YaAlready¿Ya te cepillaste te los dientes? (Did you brush your teeth already?)
DuranteDuringMi 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.

For example, if you’re doing something to yourself, like brushing your own hair, then you’re most likely going to be using the reflexive to describe that in Spanish.

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. The language learning program has hundreds of authentic Spanish videos (covering things like news reports, music videos and inspiring talks) which feature native speakers, and come with interactive subtitles to enhance your learning. 
  • 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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