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Daily routine

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DAILY ROUTINE
despertar
Su madre la despierta a las ocho.
to wake someone up
Her mother wakes her up at 8 o'clock.
despertarse
Me despierto muy temprano.
to wake up
I wake up very early.
levantarseto get up
hacer la camato make the bed
vestirseto get dressed
preparaseto get ready
ducharseto have a shower
bañarseto have a bath
lavarseto have a wash
lavarse los dientesto clean your teeth
cepillarse los dientesto brush your teeth
lavarse el pelo / la cabezato wash your hair
secarse el peloto dry your hair
cepillarse el peloto brush your hair
peinarseto comb your hair
secarse las manosto dry your hands
afeitarseto have a shave
limpiarse los zapatosto clean your shoes
maquillarse / pintarseto put on makeup
ponerse las lentillasto put in your contact lenses
ponerse la dentadura postiza;
ponerse los dientes postizos
to put in your false teeth
desayunar / tomar el desayuno to have breakfast
almorzar / comerto have lunch
cenarto have dinner
hacer la comidato cook lunch, to get lunch ready
dar de comer al gato / perroto feed the cat / dog
regar las plantasto water the plants
poner la radio / televisiónto switch on the radio / television
escuchar el radioto listen to the radio
ver la televisión / teleto watch television / telly
ir al colegio / al trabajo / a la universidad / a la oficinato go to school / work / university / the office
tomar / coger* el autobús / trento catch the bus / train
empezar a trabajar / entrar a trabajarto start work
llegar a casato get home (from work)
ir a casato go home
desvestirse / desnudarseto get undressed
acostarseto go to bed
poner el despertadorto set the alarm clock
tomarse un descanso / echarse una siestato have a rest
dormirseto fall asleep
quedarse dormidoto oversleep
pasar la noche en velato have a sleepless night
tener insomnio / sufrir de insomnioto suffer from insomnia
*Note: Be very careful with these two verbs depending on which Spanish speaking country you are in.
In Spain, it is very common to use the verb "coger".
However, this has a completely different, sexual meaning in certain South American countries. So, if you are in South America, it's safer to use "tomar".
DAILY ROUTINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
¿A qué hora te levantas?What time do you get up?
¿Con qué frecuencia vas al cine?
¿Cada cuánto vas al cine?
How often do you go to the cinema?
Voy al cine una vez / dos veces a la semana / al mes / al año.I go to the cinema once / twice a week / month / year.
A veces / Nunca voy al teatro.
Voy al teatro a menudo.
I sometimes / never go to the theatre.
I often go to the theatre.
¿Cuánto tardas en llegar al trabajo?How long does it take you to get to work?
¿Dónde vives?Where do you live?
¿Cuánto café bebes?How much coffee do you drink?
¿Qué sueles desayunar?What do you usually have for breakfast?
¿Cómo llegas al colegio?How do you get to school?
¿A qué hora te acuestas?What time do you go to bed?
A NOTE ON REFLEXIVE VERBS
A lot of these verbs are reflexive e.g. to wash my hair = lavarse el pelo.
In English, the verb does not change but the possessive adjective before hair changes to reflect who is doing the action.
In Spanish, the verb is reflexive and changes to reflect who is doing the action.
Note: normally in Spanish, it is not normally necessary to use the subject pronoun (Yo, Tú, Él, Ella, Nosotros, Vosotros, Ellos, Ellas). However, if you need to distinguish between a girl and a boy then it is possible to include it (see below).
Me lavo el pelo.I wash my hair.
Te lavas el pelo.You wash your hair.
Se lava el peloHe washes his hair.
Se lava el pelo.She washes her hair.
Nos lavamos el pelo.We wash our hair.
Os laváis el pelo.You wash your hair.
Se lavan el pelo.They wash their hair.
Él se lava el pelo por la mañana pero ella se lava el pelo por la tarde.He washes his hair in the morning but she washes her hair in the afternoon.