French Daily Routine Activities Vocabulary

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In this French vocabulary section, let's talk about our daily routine activities

Unless you are Dracula or have a graveyard shift, sorry, I meant a night-shift work schedule (I used to for six years), you probably wake up in the morning like the majority of us, take a shower or not in the morning, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and so on before going to work. 

Day and night, there are a number of routine actions we do and it will be a great idea if we were able to describe our daily routine in French words.

This vocabulary topic is definitely an important one to study early in your French study journey

So without further delay, I present you the French words for your daily routine activities.

1. Daily Activities at Home in the Morning

1.1 In the bedroom (in the morning)

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1. se réveiller

To wake up

Benoit se réveille tôt tous les matins/ Benoît wakes up early every morning.

2. appuyer sur le bouton Snooze

To press the snooze button

J'appuie sur le bouton snooze quand mon réveil sonne le matin./ I press the snooze button when my alarm goes off in the morning.

3. éteindre le réveil

To turn off the alarm

J'éteins le réveil avant de me lever./ I turn off the phone before I get up.

4. se lever

To get up

Je me lève tôt le matin./ I get up early in the morning.

5. s'habiller

To get dressed

Je m'habille rapidement./ I get dressed quickly.

1.2 ln the kitchen (in the morning)

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6. préparer le petit-déjeuner

To make breakfast

Marie prépare le petit-déjeuner pour les enfants./ Mary makes breakfast for the children.

7. prendre le petit-déjeuner

To have breakfast

Il prend le petit-déjeuner avec les enfants avant le travail./ He has breakfast with the children before work.

8. prendre une tasse de café

To have a cup of coffee

Alice prend une tasse de café au réveil./ Alice has a cup of coffee in the morning.

9. lire le journal

To read the newspaper

Je lis le journal dans la cuisine./ I read the newspaper in the kitchen.

1.3 In the bathroom (in the morning)

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10. prendre une douche

To take/have a shower

Tom prend une douche le matin./ Tom takes a shower in the morning.

11. se peigner les cheveux

To comb one's hair

Je me peigne les cheveux./ I comb my hair.

12. se brosser les cheveux

To brush one's hair

Ma femme se brosse les cheveux. / My wife combs her hair.

13. se maquiller

To put on make-up

Julie se maquille devant un miroir./ Julie puts on make-up in front of a mirror.

14. se coiffer

To do one's hair

Marie se coiffe avant d'aller au travail./ Mary does her hair before going to work.

15. se brosser les dents

To brush one's teeth

Je n'oublie pas de me brosser les dents le matin./ I don't forget to brush my teeth in the morning.

16. se laver le visage

To wash one's face

Il se lave le visage quand il se réveille./ He washes his face when he wakes up.

2. Daily Activities in the Office

2.1 Commuting to/from work

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17. aller au travail

To go to work

Je vais au travail à 7h30./ I go to work at 7:30 am.

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prendre le bus/ le train/ le métro

To take the bus/train/subway

Marcel prend le métro chaque matin à sept heures./ Marcel takes the subway every day at 7.

19.

se rendre au travail en voiture

To drive to work

Il est plus facile pour moi de me rendre au travail en voiture./ It is easier for me to drive to work.

20.

rentrer (à la maison)

To go home

Je rentre (à la maison) vers six heures du soir./ I go home around six in the evening.

2.2 Work routine in the office

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faire du travail de bureau/administratif

To do office (or desk) work

En ce moment, je fais du travail de bureau../ I'm doing desk work right now.

22.

avoir un réunion

To have a meeting

J'ai une réunion à seize heures./ I have a meeting at 4 pm.

23.

travailler à l'ordinateur

To work on a computer

Evite de travailler à l'ordinateur pendant trop longtemps./ Avoid working on a computer for too long.

24.

rédiger un document

To write a document

La secrétaire rédige un document./ The secretary is typing a document.

25.

déjeuner à la cafétéria

To eat lunch at the cafeteria

Je déjeune à la cafétéria avec les collègues./ I eat lunch at the cafeteria with my colleagues.

26.

organiser les fichiers

To organize files

J'organise les fichiers en dossiers./ I am organizing the files into folders.

27.

classer les documents

To file papers

Je dois classer des documents en ordre chronologique./ I must file papers in chronological order.

28.

répondre aux appels (téléphoniques)

To answer phone calls

Chris répond aux appels au travail./ Chris answers phone calls at work.

29.

assister/aider les clients

To assist/help customers

Mon travail consiste à aider les clients au magasin./ My works consists in helping the customers in the shop.

30.

rendre compte au patron

To report to the boss

Je dois rendre compte au patron tous les jours./ I have to report to the boss every day.

3. Daily Activities at Home in the Evening

3.1 In the kitchen (in the evening)

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préparer le dîner

To cook dinner

Suzie prépare le dîner quand elle rentre du travail./ Suzie cooks dinner when she comes back from work.

32.

dîner en famille

To eat dinner with family

Je dîne en famille tous les soirs./ I eat dinner with family every evening.

33.

sortir la poubelle

To take out the trash

Je dois sortir la poubelle tous les soirs./ Cyclones are quite scarce in this region.

34.

aider les enfants à faire leurs devoirs

To help the children with their homework

Le soir, j'aide les enfants à faire leurs devoirs./ I help the children with their homework in the evening.

35.

faire la vaisselle

To wash/do the dishes

Je n'aime pas faire la vaisselle./ I do not enjoy doing the dishes.

3.2 In the living room (in the evening)

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se détendre sur le sofa

To chill out on the sofa

Tom se détend sur le sofa après le dîner./ Tom se détend sur le sofa after dinner.

37.

regarder la télé

To watch television

Je regarde la télé pendant une heure ou deux./ I watch television for an hour or two.

38.

regarder les informations

To watch the news

Paul regarde les informations à la télé en soirée./ Paul watches the evening news.

3.3 In the bathroom (in the evening)

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se déshabiller

To get undressed

Je me déshabille après être rentré du travail./ I get undressed after I get back from work.

40.

prendre un bain

To take a bath

Lucie aime prendre un bain chaud le soir./ Lucie enjoys taking a warm bath at night.

3.4 In the bedroom (in the evening)

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mettre son pyjama

To get into one's pyjamas

Mets ton pyjama avant de te coucher./ Get into your pajamas before bedtime.

42.

mettre le réveil

To set the alarm

D'habitude, je mets le réveil à 7 heures./ I usually set the alarm for 7 am.

43.

aller au lit

To go to bed

D'habitude, je vais au lit à 23 heures./ I usually go to bed at 11 pm.

44.

s'endormir

To fall asleep

Alain s'est endormi dans le sofa./ Alain fell asleep in the sofa.

3.4 In the house (before bedtime)

45.

fermer les portes à clé

To lock the doors

Je m'assure de fermer les portes à clé avant d'aller au lit./ I make sure to lock the doors before going to bed.

46.

éteindre les lumières

To turn off the lights

N'oublie pas d' éteindre les lumières quand tu vas te coucher./ Don't forget to turn off the lights when you go to bed.

4. Other Daily Activities

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47. faire de l'exercice

To exercise

Je fais de l'exercice tous les jours./ I exercise every day.

48. aller à la gym

To go to the gym

Je vais aller à la gym demain./ I am going to go to the gym tomorrow.

49. méditer

Meditate

Alice médite tous les soirs./ Alice meditates every evening.

This concludes our French vocabulary list on daily routine activities. We hope you find it helpful to discuss the various activities you are engaged in throughout the day. We appreciate your comments and questions.


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