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Daily Activities at Home

What are some of the daily activities that you do at home?


I wake up at 7am every morning.
I press the snooze button five times every morning before I turn off the alarm and get
up.
I have a cup of coffee and make breakfast. I usually read the newspaper while I have
breakfast. My children like to have a shower after they have breakfast but I like to have a
shower before I get dressed.
My wife brushes her long hair, and I have short hair so I comb my hair. How do you do
your hair in the morning?
It is important to brush your teeth, and some women like to put make-up on.
After I have finished work, I go home to cook dinner. In my house I usually make
dinner. The family eat dinner together at 7:30pm.
After dinner I make sure that my children do their homework, and then I chill out on the
sofa and watch television.
On television I usually watch the News. My wife usually comes to tell me to take the
rubbish out, or wash the dishes.
Our children feed the dog and the cat before they go to bed and I tell them to go to the
bathroom too.
If I am sick I have to take my medication, but then I get into my pyjamas and set the
alarm so I wake up in the morning.
The last things I do is lock the door, turn off the lights, and go to bed.

Daily Activities at Work


What are some daily activities that you do at work?
I go to work at 8.45am every morning.
I usually drive to work.
I always check my emails when I get to work, but I don't always reply to them
immediately.
I take a taxi or a train if I have a lunch meeting. I never take the bus because it is too
slow.
When I am at my desk I usually work on the computer, even during morning tea.
At 1pm most days I have lunch.
At 3pm we have afternoon tea, and that is when we usually talk and eat cake.
When you are in the office you probably have a lot of papers. It is important for you to file
your papers, and so that you can find them again you need to organise your files.
When I work I have to make telephone calls. If an important issue happens I ask my
secretary to organise a meeting.
Once a month I report to my boss, but maybe you have to report to your boss more often.
I usually write a document that my boss can read.

Other Daily Activities

What are some other daily activities that you do?


I exercise at least three times a week.
I usually go to the gym before work, but sometimes I go after work.
I meditate every morning so that I feel less stressed during the day.

Daily routine
Spanish

English
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.

levantarse

to get up

hacer la cama

to make the bed

vestirse

to get dressed

preparase

to get ready

ducharse

to have a shower

baarse

to have a bath

lavarse

to have a wash

lavarse los dientes

to clean your teeth

cepillarse los dientes

to brush your teeth

lavarse el pelo / la cabeza

to wash your hair

secarse el pelo

to dry your hair

cepillarse el pelo

to brush your hair

peinarse

to comb your hair

secarse las manos

to dry your hands

afeitarse

to have a shave

limpiarse los zapatos

to clean your shoes

maquillarse / pintarse

to put on makeup

ponerse las lentillas

to 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 / comer

to have lunch

cenar

to have dinner

hacer la comida

to cook lunch, to get lunch ready

dar de comer al gato / perro

to feed the cat / dog

regar las plantas

to water the plants

poner la radio / televisin

to switch on the radio / television

escuchar el radio

to listen to the radio

ver la televisin / tele

to watch television / telly

ir al colegio / al trabajo / a la universidad / a la


oficina

to go to school / work / university / the office

tomar / coger* el autobs / tren

to catch the bus / train

empezar a trabajar / entrar a trabajar

to start work

llegar a casa

to get home (from work)

ir a casa

to go home

desvestirse / desnudarse

to get undressed

acostarse

to go to bed

poner el despertador

to set the alarm clock

tomarse un descanso / echarse una siesta

to have a rest

dormirse

to fall asleep

quedarse dormido

to oversleep

pasar la noche en vela

to have a sleepless night

tener insomnio / sufrir de insomnio

to 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 qu hora te levantas?

What time do you get up?

Con qu frecuencia vas al cine?


Cada cunto vas al cine?

How often do you go to the cinema?

Voy al cine una vez / dos veces a la semana / al I go to the cinema once / twice a week /
mes / al ao.
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.

Cunto tardas en llegar al trabajo?

How long does it take you to get to work?

Dnde vives?

Where do you live?

Cunto caf bebes?

How much coffee do you drink?

Qu sueles desayunar?

What do you usually have for breakfast?

Cmo llegas al colegio?

How do you get to school?

A qu 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, T, l,
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 pelo

He washes his hair.

Se lava el pelo.

She washes her hair.

Nos lavamos el pelo.

We wash our hair.

Os lavis el pelo.

You wash your hair.

Se lavan el pelo.

They wash their hair.

l se lava el pelo por la maana pero ella se


lava el pelo por la tarde.

He washes his hair in the morning but she


washes her hair in the afternoon.