5 Useful Chinese Verbs for Clothing and Accessories Posted by Ayana on Nov 4, 2019 in Vocabulary
A useful way to practice your Chinese is to talk about daily activities and objects. Like clothes and dressing. Here are 5 dressing verbs to use in your daily conversations.
穿 (chuān) means to wear, to put on a clothing. It is mainly used with clothes. 穿衣服 (chuān yī fú, means to wear clothes) is a useful daily verb + object. But, keep in mind, 穿 also can be used with hats, shoes, and jewelry. For example:
Tā chuān zhuó yī jiàn huáng sè de wài tào.
He is wearing a yellow coat.
Xué shēng men shàng kè shí bù zhǔn chuān niú zǎi kù.
Students are not allowed to wear jeans during class.
Nǐ chuān de liǎng zhī wà zi bù shì yī shuāng.
The two socks you wear are not a pair.
Tā xià chuáng chuān zhuó tuō xié zǒu guò fáng jiān.
She got out of bed and walked through the room with slippers.
戴 (dài) also means to wear, to put on, but it doesn’t refer to clothes. The verb 戴 is used with accessories, such as: glasses, hats, scarves, jewelry, wristwatch, trinkets, etc. For example:
Nǐ dài zhe nà dǐng mào zi zhēn hǎo kàn!
The hat you are wearing is really beautiful!
Fú wù yuán de ěr duǒ shàng dài zhe yī fù cháng ěr huán.
The waitress is wearing a pair of long earrings.
Wǒ yào shi bù dài yǎn jìng, qián miàn shén me yě kàn bù qīng chǔ.
If I don’t wear glasses, I can’t see anything.
Tā dài shàng jiǎ fǎ bǎ zì jǐ wèi zhuāng qǐ lái.
He put on a wig and disguised himself.
打扮 (dǎ ban) means to dress up. This verb doesn’t require an object. It refers to the whole outfit, or to the style of dress. Usually it will be followed by adjectives or particles denoting completion. For example:
Nǐ jīn tiān dǎ bàn zhè me hǎo kàn! Yòu qù yuē huì a?
You dressed up so nice today! Are you going on a date?
Tā zhǐ yòng le yī fēn zhōng jiù dǎ bàn hǎo le.
It took her one minute to get dressed up.
Tā men dōu wèi fù wǎn huì dǎ bàn dé piào piào liang liàng.
They all dressed up for the party.
Tā xū yào xǐ yī xǐ, bǎ zì jǐ dǎ bàn zhěng jié.
He needs to take a shower and dress up neatly.
换 (huàn) means to exchange, to replace. It is a general verb, used with different objects (money, books, car gear, etc.), and can also be used with clothes.
Zán men dé qù, lái bu jí huàn yī fú.
We have to go, there is no time to change clothes.
Qǐng gěi wǒ yī fēn zhōng, yàn huì qián wǒ xiǎng huàn lián yī qún.
Please give me a minute, I want to change my dress before the party.
Hūn yàn shàng yī bān xīn niáng yào huàn duō shǎo tào lǐ fú?
How many sets of dresses does a bride usually change at her wedding party?
Rú guǒ jué dé chuān yàn wěi fú bù fāng biàn, kě yǐ huàn chéng chèn shān.
If you feel uncomfortable wearing a tuxedo, you can change to a shirt.
脱 (tuō) means to cast, to shed, to take off. It can refer to any object, including clothes and accessories. For example:
Tā men tuō diào yī fú pǎo jìn shuǐ lǐ.
They took off their clothes and ran into the water.
Rì běn rén dào le jiā lǐ jiù tuō xié.
Japanese take off their shoes when they arrive home.
Nǐ rú guǒ chū hàn jiù bǎ máo shān tuō xià lái.
If you sweat just take off your sweater.
Mào zi tuō xià hòu, yīng gāi fàng zài nǎlǐ ne?
Where should the hat be placed after taking it off?
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