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How to Talk About Habits in Spanish

Updated: Apr 16

Talk About Habits in Spanish

When learning a new language, integrating it into everyday conversations is a milestone. One way to achieve this is by mastering how to talk about habits in Spanish. Whether it's about your daily routine, hobbies, or health habits, being able to communicate your habits can significantly enhance your conversational skills.


Let's explore a simple, yet effective way to discuss habits in Spanish, drawing from a common dialogue between a doctor and a patient.


Talk About Habits in Spanish: A Guide.


Habits, or "hábitos" in Spanish, are recurring actions or routines.


To talk about these effectively, understanding and using verbs and adverbs of frequency such as:


  • Siempre (always)

    • Siempre como frutas y vegetales

  • A veces (sometimes)

    • A veces bebo agua

  • Rara vez (rarely)

    • Rara vez veo TV toda la noche

  • Nunca (never)

    • Nunca fumo


Or, if you want to go beyond and express specifically the frequency you perform an action you can use the following structures:


  • x VEZ/VECES A LA SEMANA [X times per week]

    • Camino 3 veces a la semana

  • CADA X TIEMPO [Every x time]

    • Tomo café cada 2 días


A Practical Dialogue

To illustrate, here's a dialogue from a health perspective, focusing on habits:


Doctor: Buenas tardes. Nombre completo por favor. (Good afternoon. Full name please.)

Paciente: Me llamo ___ . (My name is...)

Doctor: [name] ¿Cómo estás? ([name] how are you?)

Paciente: Tengo dolor de cabeza. (I have a headache.)

Doctor: ¿Con qué frecuencia ves TV toda la noche? (How often do you watch TV all night?)

Paciente: A veces veo TV toda la noche.

Doctor: ¿Con qué frecuencia comes frutas y vegetales? (How often do you eat fruits and vegetables?)

Paciente: Rra vez como frutas y vegetales.

Doctor: ¿Y con qué frecuencia tomas café? (And how often do you drink coffee?) Paciente: Tomo café 5 veces al día.

Doctor: Vale interesante... (Okay interesting...)



Why It Matters

Discussing habits is more than just a language exercise; it's a way to connect on a personal level with others. By sharing aspects of your daily life, you're engaging in meaningful conversations that go beyond basic language skills.


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