What is the difference between "levantas" and "despiertas"?

What is the difference between "levantas" and "despiertas"?


Good morning! I have two separate questions I have to answer. One asks, "At what time do you [levantas]?" and the other "At what time do you [despiertas]?"

Do they both not mean "to wake up" or am I missing something? They are asked in the context of my daily schedule. Is there enough of a difference that they ask me twice?

Thanks in advance~

updated MAR 3, 2010
posted by españolasaurus

3 Answers


despertarse=wake up

levantarse=get up

If I wake up at 6:00 a.m., have breakfast in bed (made by the cook, delivered by the maid), read the morning newspaper (brought by my butler), write a few letters (mailed by my personal secretary) and then "get up" at 8:00', they are at different hours of the morning. I've got to hurry, my tee-off time is at 9:00 a.m.

updated MAR 3, 2010
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
!Bueno¡ ¿has tocado la lotería Q? - kenwilliams, MAR 2, 2010
Great answer! I understand now- many thanks - españolasaurus, MAR 3, 2010

Levantar means to lift or raise so when you get up out of bed you are lifting yourself out of bed so you would say for instance, Me levanto a las nueve, I get up at nine, and if you want the bus to stop for you, levantas la mano, hold your hand up.

updated MAR 3, 2010
posted by kenwilliams

levantas is to life despiertas is to awake

updated MAR 2, 2010
posted by kweezy93
life should be lift :) - webdunce, MAR 2, 2010
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