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How to describe your morning routine in German (printable PDF)

Talking about your daily routine is one of the best topics to practice speaking German for beginners. You can use short and simple sentences and basic grammar to talk about your day in German. On the other hand, there are some unusual verbs that you need use to describe your morning routine. These verbs are important to learn because they are used quite often in the German language. Practice them with a simple topic like your daily routine and you will soon notice how your grammar improves.

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Let’s look at two categories of unusual German verbs that you can use to describe your morning routine.

Reflexive verbs 

The verbs in the first category are the reflexive verbs (Reflexive Verben).

Reflexive verbs act on the subject itself, so the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence. When you look up verbs in the German dictionary, you will notice that some of them include the word sich which means oneself. For example, sich anziehen – to dress oneself, sich schminken – to put on makeup. Some German reflexive verbs are equivalent to the English reflexive verbs and require the reflexive pronoun where English also does. For example, Ich wasche mich. – I am washing myself.

But there are also many German verbs that use reflexive pronouns when the English verbs don’t. For example:

Ich schminke mich. – I am putting on makeup.

Ich rasiere mich. – I am shaving.

Ich ziehe mich an. – I am getting dressed.

Reflexive pronoun sich can be used in accusative or dative form. But we will keep it simple and only look at accusative for now.

ich                     wasche mich (I wash myself)

du                     wäschst dich (you wash yourself)

er/sie/es           wäscht sich  (he/she/it washes him/her/itself)

wir                     waschen uns (we wash ourselves)

ihr                       wascht euch (you wash yourselves)

sie/Sie               waschen sich (you/they wash yourself/themselves)

Verbs with separable prefixes

Another set of unusual German verbs includes verbs with separable prefixes (Trennbare Verben). They are similar to English verbs that consist of two parts like get up – aufstehen, wake up – aufwachen. German prefixes change the meaning of the verbs totally or partially. Compare stehen(to stand) – aufstehen(to get up), geben(to give) – aufgeben(to give up).

There are some important grammar rules that you need to remember about German separable verbs. In the present tense, separable prefixes are separated from the verb and placed at the end of the sentence:

Ich stehe um 8 Uhr auf. – I get up at 8 a.m.

Ich ziehe mich schnell an. – I dress quickly.

However, if the verb is used in the infinitive form, the prefix is not separated: Ich muss früh aufstehen. – I have to get up early. Ich will nicht aufwachen. – I don’t want to wake up.

One more thing you need to know to talk about your morning routine in German is how to use time phrases.

Some useful words: zuerst (first), dann (then, danach (after that), später (later). When you put them at the beginning of the sentence, remember to keep the verb in the second position:

Ich stehe um 7 Uhr auf. Dann putze ich meine Zähne. Danach trinke ich Kaffee.

And now take a look at useful words and phrases that you can use to describe your morning routine. Don’t forget to download the PDF to keep practicing later!

Download words and phrases to describe morning routine in German

um ….  Uhr – at ….

jeden Morgen/Tag – every morning/day

morgens – in the morning

aufstehen – to get up

aufwachen – to wake up

frühstücken – to have breakfast

… zum Frühstück essen – to eat … for breakfast

(sich) duschen – to take a shower (can be used with or without sich)

sich anziehen – to get dressed

Zähne putzen – to brush teeth

sich rasieren – to shave

trinken – to drink

Kaffee/Tee/Wasser/Milch – coffee/tea/water/milk

Yoga machen – to do yoga

sich schminken – to put on makeup

zur Arbeit/zur Schule/zur Uni  gehen – to go to work/school/university

Here is an example of my mourning routine in German with English translation.

Ich stehe jeden Tag um acht Uhr auf. Dann trinke ich ein Glas Wasser mit Zitrone und mache Yoga. Danach dusche ich und putze meine Zähne. Manchmal schminke ich mich. Dann esse ich Eier zum Frühstück und trinke Kaffee oder Tee. Danach ziehe ich mich an und gehe um 9 Uhr zur Arbeit.

I get up at eight every day. Then I drink a glass of water with lemon and do yoga. Then I shower and brush my teeth. Sometimes I put on makeup. Then I eat eggs for breakfast and drink coffee or tea. Then I get dressed and go to work at 9 o’clock.

If you are looking for a German speaker to practice with, I recommend trying Italki. Apart from professional German teachers, they also have community tutors, who are usually native speakers. Community tutors don’t have professional teacher training, but they are great for practicing speaking. Practicing speaking with someone is essential if you are learning German on your own. You can learn grammar, vocabulary etc by yourself, but you need someone you can talk to and who can correct your mistakes.

Wie sieht deine Morgenroutine aus? What does your morning routine look like?

Write in the comments below!

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4 responses to “How to describe your morning routine in German (printable PDF)”

  1. Primrose Ncube Avatar
    Primrose Ncube

    I wanted to comment on the article of the morning routine but somehow seems like comments may be disabled. So I will write my own morning routine here.

    Ich stehe um fünf Uhr auf. Zuerst bete ich, und danach putze ich mir die Zähne. Ich düsche mich und ziehe mich an. Ich trinke ein Glas Wasser und esse Obst. Nach dem fühstück räume ich meine Zimmer auf und dann um sechs Uhr, gehe ich zur Arbeit. Ich fange meine Arbeit um sechs Uhr an.

    1. germanwordoftheday Avatar

      Sehr gut! Let me correct a few things:
      Ich düsche mich = Ich dusche mich
      Nach dem fühstück räume ich meine Zimmer auf = Nach dem Frühstück räume ich mein Zimmer auf
      und dann um sechs Uhr, gehe ich zur Arbeit. = und dann gehe ich um sechs Uhr zur Arbeit.

  2. Jess Avatar

    Von Samstag bis Donnerstag stehe ich um 9Uhr auf. Dann trinke ich Tee ohne Zucker. Dann frühstücke ich fast immer reis mit spiegelei. Danach dusche ich und putze ich meine Zähne. Dann ziehe ich mich an und dannach gehe ich zur Arbeit.

    1. germanwordoftheday Avatar

      Sehr gut! 🙂

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