How to Talk about The Daily Routine in English

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Daily Routines in English is one of the most common topics when you are trying to learn English.

Daily Routines in English can be linked to two important tenses in English:

  • The Simple Present to talk about your current habits
  • The Simple Past to talk about your past habits

Let’s learn more about those two tenses to talk about the daily routines or habit we have or used to have.

Simple Present and the Daily Routine

We use the simple present to talk about daily routines because the simple present is used to describe actions that happen regularly.

These are some habits in English with the pronoun “I”

  • I play soccer
  • I watch movies
  • I cook dinner
  • I go to work

These are some habits in English with the pronoun “you”

  • You play video games
  • You do your homework
  • You call your mother
  • You go to the library

These are some habits in English with the pronoun “He”

  • He watches Netflix shows during the nights
  • He goes jogging every morning
  • He calls his girlfriend every night
  • He plays video games with his friends

These are some habits in English with the pronoun “She”

  • She plays chess
  • She does exercises
  • She goes to school
  • She spends time with her kids

These are some habits with the pronoun “we”

  • We go to the beach
  • We visit our parents
  • We have lunch together
  • We watch Youtube videos

These are some habits with the pronoun “they”

  • They go shopping
  • They go to the movies
  • They listen to music
  • They write in their blogs

Simple Past and the Daily Routine

When we talk about the daily routine in English we make sentences with used to

These are some examples of sentences with used to:

  • I used to play soccer with my friends after school
  • I used to go the gym
  • She used to train every day
  • She used to work in a school nearby
  • He used to go to the beach with his children
  • He used to come to this pizza place
  • You used to go running every sunday
  • You used to make fun of your little brother
  • We used to go to Coco Beach every summer
  • We used to go to Costa Rica every Christmas
  • They used to make cookies with grandma
  • They used to go cycling

Now let’s check the most common vocabulary to talk about the daily routine

Daily Routines Vocabulary

These are some of the most common examples of daily routines:

To wake up
To get up
To have breakfast
To take a shower
To go to school
To take the bus
To have lunch
To study for exams
To read a book
To go to bed
To chat with friends
To go to the pool
To get dressed
To comb my hair
To clean up the room
To stay up late
To watch tv
To play video games
To listen to music
To do the dishes
To check facebook
To hang out with friends
To play sports
To brush my teeth
To do the homework
To have dinner
To walk the dog
To do exercises
To talk to friends

Daily Routines Examples

These are some examples of sentences that talk about daily routines

  1. I usually go to the soccer field in the morning
  2. I take a breakfast around 8
  3. She usually does the dishes after breakfast
  4. My mom usually goes to be around 9
  5. I never wake up before 5
  6. My brother plays video games every afternoon
  7. I check facebook and Instagram every day.
  8. My family and I go to the beach every weekend
  9. My brother is in a soccer team, He play soccer every day.
  10. I study English every day and I take classes on the weekends

These are habits in English with every personal pronoun in English

  • I always play soccer with my friends
  • I always visit her parents
  • We never go to church
  • We never go to the beach
  • Sometimes they play soccer
  • Sometimes they play basketball
  • She usually goes out with her friends
  • She usually gets up at 5
  • You rarely go shopping
  • You rarely spend time with your children
  • He normally goes running
  • He normally goes to the gym

Habits in English: Negative Sentences

Sometimes we want to express that we don’t have that habit:

  • I don’t play soccer every day
  • I don’t watch horror movies
  • She doesn’t play video games at night
  • She doesn’t go to the beach on Sunday
  • They never go to the movies
  • They never visit their brothers and sisters
  • We don’t go to church
  • We don’t go to birthday parties

Daily Routines Questions

These are some questions that you can make about daily routines.

  1. What time do you usually wake up?
  2. How many times a week do you go running?
  3. How many times a week do you go jogging?
  4. What time do you usually go to bed?
  5. How often do you watch a movie at night?

These are some questions and answers about the daily routine

  • What time do you usually go running?
  • I go running at night
  • What time do you get to work?
  • I usually get to work before 7
  • What time do you get home?
  • I usually get home before 6
  • What time do you usually have lunch?
  • I usually have lunch around 12
  • What time do you usually go to bed?
  • I go to bed after midnight
  • What time do you usually wake up?
  • I usually wake up around 10:00 AM
  • How many times a week do you go swimming?
  • I go swimming once a week
  • How often do you go to the movies?
  • I never go to the movies
  • How often do you go to the beach?
  • Sometimes I go to the beach
  • How often do you play soccer?
  • I play soccer every day
  • Do you play soccer every day?
  • No, I don’t
  • Do you write every day?
  • I usually write in the mornings
  • Do you watch anime every night?
  • Sometimes I do

A Daily Routines Conversation

This is an example of a conversation about daily routines:

  • James: Hello, what are you doing?
  • Mike:  I always go running in the mornings
  • James: Do you go running every day of the week?
  • Mike: I usually run from Monday to Friday
  • James: i Wish I could go running but I have to work.
  • Mike:  Are you going to my birthday party next sunday?
  • James: Sorry but I have to go to church with my family
  • Mike: No problem, have a good day
  • James: Take care

My Daily Routine in Ten Sentences

My name is Derek. I always wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning then I take a shower and put my clothes on.

I have my breakfast and then I  get the car out of the garage. I arrived to hisghchool at 7

At 11 o’clock I finish teaching classes then  so I often take my lunch break and talk with my friends.

At around 12 noon I continue teaching classes until 4: 20 then I drive home.

When  I get home, I usually watch some TV and chat with my family. At  9 o’clock I read a book and go to sleep.

Daily Routine Video

This is a video to learn more about the daily routine in English

YouTube video

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