When studying Spanish, I loved to read literature and news, and discuss these topics with my teacher. Generally, I found traditional studying boring. This strategy had one downfall for me. I sometimes didn’t know how to express really common, everyday ideas.

This exercise is aimed at helping with that. It looks at verbs, both reflexive and non-reflexive, that you would commonly use to describe your daily routine. It’s not the most exciting vocabulary, but it’s stuff you’ll use daily.

Also, a quick note about reflexive verbs. It can be a little confusing for English speakers to say “A las diez me acosté.” You’ll probably just want to say “A las diez acosté.” The first sentence can be translated as “I went to bed at 10,” but another translation could be, “I put myself to bed at 10.” In Spanish, there are a lot of verbs that require both a subject and object that don’t in English. For example, we can say, “I shaved” and everyone understands that I shaved myself. In Spanish though, we need to add the myself part: “Me afeité.”

Let’s practice reflexive and non-reflexive verbs to describe a daily routine. Watch the video below, then put the following verbs in order:

cenar – trabajar – mirar la televisión – acostarse –  ducharse – tomar el metro – salir de casa –  desayunar – tomar el autobús – levantarse – volver a casa – ponerse los zapatos – sonar el despertador – estudiar  – vestirse – cepillarse los dientes –  dormirse – despertarse -.

Now, describe his daily routine using the third person singular. Write your description in comments and we’ll respond.

Todos los días, el despertador suena a las 7… 


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