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Talk About My Daily Routine Essay

Talking About Your Job and Your Daily Routines in English

We use the Present Simple to talk about things that are always true, and to talk about habits and routines. For this reason, use this tense to describe your job or to describe what you do every day.

Talking about your job

Remember: we use a / an before jobs. We use "a" before jobs that begin with a consonant sound, and "an" before jobs that begin with a vowel sound.

I work as a teacher / a doctor
He works as an electrician / an accountant

Useful verbs

Here are some useful verbs to describe what you do in your job.

(for management type jobs in a company or office): manage, organise, supervise
(for teaching and caring type jobs): teach, train, help, look after
(for construction, technology and jobs with machines): build, test, develop, design, program, repair, check
(for financial and planning type jobs): analyse, assess, evaluate, work out, prepare, plan
(for sales and marketing type jobs): buy, sell, import, export, market
(for driving and logistics type roles): drive, deliver, transport
(for jobs where communication is important): write, phone, talk, listen to, meet, attend / have meetings

You can also use "do" to describe your job. (We often use do to talk about routine, or more boring things.)

I do the housework / do the gardening / do the admin / do the paperwork

There are also activities where we use "make":

make appointments, make phone calls, make coffee, make decisions.

Job Definitions Exercise

Choose the correct answer.

Talking about your daily routines

Here are some useful verbs to describe your routines and habits. Be careful to use the right preposition (to, at, in etc) with the verbs where necessary.

get up
get dressed
have a shower / a bath / a quick wash
wash your hair
put your make-up on (make-up = cosmetics)
have / eat breakfast (lunch, dinner, tea)
have a coffee / grab a coffee (grab = get something quickly)
get the kids ready for school (help your children get prepared for school)
leave home
go to school / go to work
get to school / arrive at school
get back / get home
watch TV / the news / a documentary
surf the net / go online
read a book / a magazine
take the dog out / take the dog for a walk
meet up with friends
catch up with friends / with emails / with the paperwork
tidy up (= make the house clean or organised)
do the washing-up / load the dishwasher (load - unload = put things in and take things out)
do homework (exercises from school)
do the housework (cleaning in the house)
go out for a meal / go to a restaurant
get undressed
go to bed

Telling the time

Here are some phrases to talk about the times of the day:

In the morning (until 12 / 1 pm)
In the afternoon (from 1 pm - 6 pm)
In the evening (from 6 pm until 12 pm or until you go to bed)
At night (after about 12 pm or until the early morning)

Here are some ways to tell the time:

When we give a specific time, we use at:

I leave home at 8 o'clock.

To tell the time between :00 and :30, use "past":
06:05 It's five past six
06:10 It's ten past six
06:15 It's quarter past six
06:20 It's twenty past six
06:30 It's half past six

To tell the time between :30 and :00, use "to":
06:35 It's twenty-five to seven
06:40 It's twenty to seven
06:45 It's quarter to seven
06:50 It's ten to seven

Or divide the time into two: the hour and the minutes:
06:05 It's six oh five
06:10 It's six ten
06:15 It's six fifteen
06:30 It's six thirty
96:45 It's six forty-five

Remember: English-speaking people generally tell the time in twelve hours (not 24 hours).
So 19:30 is "seven thirty" and not "nineteen thirty".

"What time is your train?"
"At 8." (not "at 20")

You can show the difference between morning and evening by saying "am" or "pm" after.
"My train's at 8 pm."
Or "My train's at 8 in the evening."

(Don't use both: "My train's at 8pm in the evening" or "My train's at 8 pm o'clock" are wrong!)

Now get telephone phrases and practise your listening on this page: Telephone Phrases


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1. A lawyer __
2. An accountant __
3. A mechanic __
4. A company director __
5. A sales assistant __
6. In my job, I analyse
7. In his job, he plans __
8. In her job, she gives __
9. In my job, I organise __
10. In his job, he attends __
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¿Qué haces todos los días? ¿Cuál es tu rutina diaria? These are two common questions to ask about someone’s daily routine in Spanish – la rutina diaria. In the previous lesson, we covered the most important words for everyday activities and made sentences with reflexive and non-reflexive verbs. This lesson will go a little further and teach you to use the right vocabulary, phrases and structures to describe your daily routine in Spanish to your friends or class. By the end of the lesson, we expect that you are able to write sentences and short descriptions about your daily routine in Spanish.

Vocabulary review: Daily routine in Spanish and reflexive verbs

First, we will review the vocabulary for daily activities. All the activities used to describe daily routines in Spanish are represented by verbs. This video explains how to conjugate Spanish reflexive verbs and use them to make sentences about everyday activities, as well as  how to ask what someone does every day and more. The final part of the video shows a short essay describing someone’s daily routine in Spanish for a typical day. The video is easy to follow and also includes many important things you will not find in the rest of the lesson. You can activate the subtitles (cc) if needed.

Describing daily routines in Spanish: examples and common verbs

Spanish reflexive verbs in daily routines

Most activities in daily routines are verbs in infinitive like JUGAR (to play) or COMER (to eat), and sometimes Spanish reflexive verbs such as DESPERTARSE (wake up) and VESTIRSE (get dressed). In order to conjugate reflexive verbs, you have to conjugate the first part of the verb following the rules for regular or irregular verbs, and add a reflexive pronoun that corresponds to the subject in the sentence. Too much, we know! That is why Spanish reflexive verbs are covered with a lot more details in an independent lesson. That being said, DESPERTARSE will change to “(Yo) Me despierto”, “(Tú) Te despiertas”, “(Él/Ella/Usted)Se despierta”.

The first example of a daily routine will show someone talking about his morning routine in Spanish, “la rutina de la mañana”. Sequence words like “Primero” (first), “Luego” (then), “Antes de” (before), “Después de” (after) and “Finalmente”(finally) will be used in most descriptions to connect ideas. This will make the descriptions more real and complete. Pay attention to the way the vocabulary for daily routines in the box is used to make meaningful sentences and a complete paragraph.

Despertarse, levantarse, bañarse, desayunar, cepillarse, vestirse, irse, regresar.

My morning routine in Spanish (using reflexive verbs)

Mi rutina diaria en español
Mi nombre es Ben. Yo me despierto a las seis de la mañana. Primero, me levanto y luego me baño por 10 minutos. Antes de desayunar yo me cepillo los dientes y me visto. Después yo desayuno con mis hermanos y mis padres. Finalmente me voy a la escuela y regreso a mi casa al medio día.

Spanish daily routine paragraph translation

My name is Ben. I wake up at six o’clock. First I get up and then I take a shower for 10 minutes. Before breakfast I brush my teeth and get dressed. Then I have breakfast with my brothers and my parents. Finally I go to school and come back home at noon.

Non-reflexive verbs in daily routines

In the previous example, the guy was talking about his own routine so he used sentences with the structure “Yo me + verb + complement”. As you can see in that example, verbs like DESAYUNAR and REGRESAR do not need the reflexive pronoun ME because both of them are non-reflexive verbs in Spanish. For the verb IR, both “Yo me voy…” and “Yo voy…” are possible.

Here is a second example, but this time including some words for hobbies and likes (ME GUSTA + activity), as well as frequency adverbs such as “Siempre” (always), “De vez en cuando” (sometimes) and “A veces” (sometimes) , besides non-reflexive verbs in the same paragraph about a daily routine in Spanish.

Hacer, almorzar, descansar, hacer la tarea, estudiar, ver televisión, jugar, gustar, ayudar, limpiar, lavar, jugar.

My daily routine in Spanish (non-reflexive verbs)

Mi rutina diaria en español
Yo hago muchas actividades todos los días. Voy a la escuela en la mañana. Después de regresar almuerzo y descanso por una hora. Luego hago mis tareas y estudio para el día siguiente. Me gustaver televisión y jugar videojuegos. También me gusta practicar deportes como futbol y beisbol de vez en cuando. Siempre ayudo a limpiar la casa, lavar los trastes y hacer los quehaceres en la casa. A veces voy al cine con mis amigos o jugamos juntos.

Spanish daily routine paragraph translation

I do many activities every day. I go to school in the morning. After returning I eat lunch and rest for an hour. Then I do my homework and study for the next day. I like watching TV and playing video games and I also like playing sports like soccer and baseball sometimes. I always help to clean the house, wash the dishes and do the household chores. Sometimes I go to the movies with my friends or play together.

Describing other people’s routine in Spanish

To talk about the activities that other peopledo on a daily basis, we will use Spanish reflexive pronouns that actually refer to these people, not only “ME”, for example: “Ella se baña” (she takes a shower), “Tú te vistes” (You get dressed) and so on.

You can even say if a person has an interesting (interesante), simple (sencilla) or busy (ocupada) routine. Besides, you can combine sentences about your daily routine in Spanish with sentences about others, eg. “Yo me levanto temprano y él se levanta tarde” (I get up early and he gets up late). Normally, all you need to know is which verbs will behave in a reflexive way and which will not. It all comes to practice and seeing examples, so here is one more daily routine description for you to learn a few more things.

Hacer, tener, levantarse, cocinar, ayudar, alistarse, ir, hacer los quehaceres, cenar, dormirse.

My family’s daily routine in Spanish

Nuestra rutina diaria en español
Yo hago muchas actividades todos los días. Tengo dos hijos, un niño y una niña. Me levanto a las 6 de la mañana, cocino el desayuno para nosotros y les ayudo a mis hijos a alistarse para ir a la escuela. Marcos se baña y se viste solo. Rosa hace muchas cosas por sí misma. Yo voy a mi trabajo a las 8 de la mañana. Cuando regreso hacemos los quehaceres juntos y cenamos. Los niños se duermen a las 10 de la noche. En general, es una rutina muy ocupada.

Spanish daily routine translation

I do many activities every day and have two children, a boy and a girl. I get up at 6 in the morning, cook breakfast for us and help my children get ready for school. Marcos bathes and dresses himself. Rosa does many things by herself. I go to my work at 8 in the morning. When we return we do the chores together and have dinner. The children go to sleep at 10 pm. In general, it is a busy routine..

Listening Activity: My daily routine in Spanish – Mi rutina diaria

Listen to two friends talking about daily routines in Spanish and chores. The phrases in the conversation are very similar to the ones in the examples above. Test your listening ability with the quiz. It will help you reinforce your knowledge about the topic.

Conversation Script: Hablando de tu rutina diaria en español

Leo: Jasmín, ¿Crees que podemos trabajar en el proyecto mañana?
Jasmín: Bien… Leo, no puedo porque tengo que hacer varias cosas.
Leo: Esta bien! Creo que tienes una rutina muy ocupada…
Jasmín: Si, me levanto temprano en la mañana. Después me baño, me cepillo los dientes, me pongo maquillaje y me visto para ir a trabajar. Luego le ayudo a los niños a alistarse para ir a clase. ¿Sabías que Emma ya se peina sola y se pone su uniforme?
Leo: ¿En serio? Emma es una niña muy inteligente. ¿Y Roger también puede?
Jasmín: Si, el también. Después cocino el desayuno y comemos juntos. Luego ellos se van a la escuela y yo me voy a trabajar.
Leo: Me imagino que terminas cansada al final del día.
Jasmín: Si, lo bueno es que los niños me ayudan a limpiar la casa y lavar los platos.
Leo: ¡Qué bueno! Bien… ¿Qué te parece si trabajamos en el proyecto la próxima semana?
Jasmín: Me parece buena idea…

Practice and Writing: A short essay about your daily routine in Spanish

Write a short essay talking about your daily routine. You can simply write three paragraphs, one talking about your morning routine in Spanish, another about the activities you do in the afternoon and so on. If it is possible, share it with a native speaker and ask him about his as well. 

Listening quiz: A busy daily routine - Una rutina ocupada

This quiz is about "la rutina diaria de Jasmín". Read each question carefully and answer according to the information provided in the conversation. There is a tip for every correct answer. Press “START” to begin.

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Someone's routine in Spanish - La rutina de alguien

This quiz will require you to complete a girl's daily routine in Spanish. It is a great exercise to practice reflexive pronouns and verbs, and learn some new things about this topic. Press “START” to begin.

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