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Lesson 53: Wearing things

The Turkish verb giymek means both to wear and to put on. This means that Pantolon giyiyorum can mean I am wearing trousers as well as I am putting on trousers.

If you want to say I am getting dressed without mentioning what you are putting on you use the verb giyinmek, which does not accept an object, instead, and say Giyiniyorum.

I am putting on my T-shirt. Tişörtümü giyiyorum.
I am putting on a skirt. (Bir) etek giyiyorum.
I am getting dressed. Giyiniyorum.

If we are talking about accessories instead of clothing, we use the verb takmak instead of giymek.

Put on your glasses please. Gözlüğünüzü takın lütfen.
You are wearing beautiful earrings. Güzel küpeler takıyorsun.

However, some items that we would consider clothing also use takmak because of the way we attach them to our bodies. If you are in doubt, consult the table below. Remember that for major pieces of clothing you always use giymek. Note that şapka is used both with giymek and takmak.

giymek takmak
şapka
hat
şapka
hat
külot
panties
sütyen
bra
iç çamaşırı
underwear
kemer
belt
pantolon
trousers
küpe
earring
tişört
T-shirt
gözlük
glasses
etek
skirt
saat
watch
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