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I need help with writing a paragraph(10-12 sentences), of what I do on a typical day.Write a description in Spanish, of what you do in a typical day (what time do you get up?; what do you do when you get up; what do you eat for breakfast? where do you go?; etc.) The description should be at least 10 sentences long and try to use the verbs that we went over in this lesson.
I am working at a beach, near my house and get up at 7.15am to be at work at 8am. My mother makes me breakfast, my favourite is a fried egg sandwitch with cheese. Once I get to work I have to make sure the beach is cleared of any trash and set up umbrellas and beach chairs. It is pretty hot working out in the sun, but I don't have to sit in an office all day, so that's a good thing. I usually get a break around lunch time for 2 hours and go back home for lunch. When I get back to work I check to make sure there are enough towels and answer any questions guests may have. We also sell water and beach stuff.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Spanish
Expert:  Cher replied 7 years ago.
Hello, and thanks for your question.

I would be happy to help you with this assignment, and could you please tell me which verbs were included in the lesson, that your teach wants you to use?

Have you covered the past tenses (preterite, imperfect) already?

Thanks for all your additional detail.

Cher
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Levantarse

"Levantarse" is a "verbo pronominal" and it means "to get (oneself) up." We went over verbos pronominales in Spanish one. For this type of the verb, the action of the verb is done upon the subject. The reflexive pronoun, therefore, must match the subject. The reflexive pronouns are the following:

               Singular        Plural

1st person       me              nos

2nd person      te              

3rd persson     se              se

In English the reflexive pronouns are the "self" words (myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, and themselves.) The reflexive pronouns are not used very much in English, but they are always required in Spanish.

You can tell when a verb requires a reflexive pronoun because the pronoun "se" is ususally attached to the end of the infinitive. That is the case with "levantarse" ("levantar" is the infinitive and "se" is attached to the end.)

When the subject is the first person singular (yo) you need to have the first person singular reflexive pronoun "me," for the second person singular (tú) you need the second person singular pronoun, and so on.

Ejemplos:

yo me levanto                          I get (myself) up
tú te levantas                           You get (yourself) up
él/ella/usted se levanta            He/she/you get (himself, herself, yourself) up
nosotros nos levantamos          We get (ourselves) up
ellos/as/ustedes se levantan    They/you get (themselves, yourselves) up
Vestirse

Vestirse, "to get (oneself) dressed" is another verbo pronominal. "Vestir" has an "e" to "i" stem change and is conjugated in the following way:

yo                  me visto
tú                   te vistes      
él/ella/usted    se viste
nosotros        nos vestimos
          os
ellos/as/Uds.   se visten
Remember the reflexive pronoun needs to match the subject of the verb.   

Ejemplos:

Me visto a las ocho.               I get dressed at eight.

Mario se vistó en un traje.      Mario got dressed in a suit.

Acostarse

"Acostarse" means "to go to bed" It is also a verbo pronominal and has an "o" to "ue" stem change. It is conjugated in the following way:

yo                  me acuesto     
tú                   te acuestas   
él/ella/usted    se acuesta
nosotros        nos acostamos
           acostáis
ellos/as/Uds.   se acuestan
Ejemplos:

Sara se acuesta temprano.               Sara goes to bed early.

Ducharse

Ducharse means "to take a shower" (or "to bath oneself.") It is a regular AR verb that requires a reflexiv pronoun.

Ejemplos:


Me ducho por la noche.          I take a shower at night.

Soler

The verb soler means "usually" or "often." It has an "o" to "ue" stem change and is conjugated in the following way:

Infinitivo: SOLER

yo              suelo             nosotros        solemos

tú              sueles                     

él/ella/usted   suele           ellos/as/Uds.   suelen

The verb soler is always followed by an infinitive; it makes no sense otherwise one can cannot "often." When you use the verb "soler" whatever infinitive follows is what you "usually" or "often" do.

Ejemplos:

Yo suelo dormir siete horas.                               I usually sleep seven hours.

Mario suele llamar a su madre los domingos.    Mario usually calls him mom on Sundays.


Other useful vocabulary for daily activities include the following:

desayunar                      to eat breakfast
almorzar                          to eat lunch
cenar                             to eat dinner
lavar los dientes               to brush your teeth
ir a clase, trabajo, etc        to go to class, work, etc.
regresar                           to return
mirar la tele                      to watch TV     
leer                                 to read
dormir la siesta               to take a nap
por la mañana                  in the morning
por la tarde                      in the afternoon
por la noche                    in the evening


PREGUNTAS

Write a description in Spanish, of what you do in a typical day (what time do you get up?; what do you do when you get up; what do you eat for breakfast? where do you go?; etc.) The description should be at least 10 sentences long and try to use the verbs that we went over in this lesson.
thanks

Expert:  Cher replied 7 years ago.
Hello again, and thanks very much for your additional information.

I'll get your paragraph to you in a short while.

Thanks,
Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 7 years ago.
Hi again, and here is your paragraph:

Este verano, trabajo a una playa cerca de mi casa. Me levanto a las siete y cuarto de la mañana y tengo que llegar al trabajo a las ocho. Primero, me ducho; entonces, me lavo los dientes y me visto. Mi madre suele cocinar el desayuno y mi favorito es un huevo frito con queso, en bocadillo. Cuando llego al trabajo, tengo que arreglar las sillas de playa y los paraguas de playa. También, limpio toda la basura de la arena. Hace mucho calor a la playa, pero me gusta mucho más estar allí, que estar en una oficina todo el día. Al mediodía, me voy a casa para almorzar. Como un sandwich de jamón y queso y un té helado. Cuando regreso al trabajo, tengo que contar los toallas y responder a cualquieras preguntas de las huéspedes. Suelo llegar a casa a las seis por la noche, y ceno con mi familia. Me acuesto a las once, después de un día fatigoso, sino divertido.
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Translation:

This summer, I'm working at a beach near my house. I get up at 7:15 in the morning and have to arrive at work at 8:00. First, I shower; then, I brush my teeth and get dressed. My mother usually cooks breakfast and my favorite is a fried egg with cheese, on a sandwich. When I arrive at work, I have to set up the beach chairs and beach umbrellas. Also, I clean all the trash off the sand. It's very hot at the beach, but I like it much better to be there, than to be in an office all day. At noon, I go home to eat lunch. I eat a melted ham and cheese sandwich with iced tea. When I return to work, I have to count the towels and answer any questions from the guests. I usually get home at 6:00 in the evening, and eat dinner with my family. I go to sleep at 11:00, after a tiring, but enjoyable day.
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Please let me know if you have any questions.

Cher
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