Languages › Japanese Specificity of Japanese Verbs 'to Wear' and 'to Play' Share Flipboard Email Print Image Source / Getty Images Japanese Japanese Grammar History & Culture Essential Japanese Vocabulary By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated February 09, 2019 Some Japanese verbs are more specific when describing actions than English verbs. While there is only one verb used for a certain action in English, there might be several different verbs in Japanese. One of the examples is the verb "to wear." In English, it can be used as, "I wear a hat," "I wear gloves," "I wear glasses" and so on. However, Japanese has different verbs depending on which part of the body it will be worn on. Let's take a look at how the Japanese describe "to wear" and "to play." Boushi o kaburu. 帽子をかぶる｡ --- I wear a hat. ("Kaburu" is used for putting on the head.)Megane o kakeru. めがねをかける｡ --- I wear glasses. ("Kakeru" also means, "to hang.")Iyaringu o tsukeru. イヤリングをつける｡ --- I wear earrings. ("Tsukeru" also means, "to attach.")Nekutai o shimeru. ネクタイを締める｡ --- I wear a tie. ("Shimeru" also means, "to tie.")Sukaafu o maku. スカーフを巻く｡ --- I wear a scarf. ("Maku" also means, "to wrap around.")Tebukuro o hameru. 手袋をはめる｡ --- I wear gloves. ("Hameru" also means, "to insert.")Yubiwa o hameru. 指輪をはめる｡ --- I wear rings.Tokei o suru. 時計をする｡ --- I wear a watch.Shatsu o kiru. シャツを着る｡ --- I wear shirts. ("Kiru" is used for putting on the body.)Zubon o haku. ズボンをはく｡ --- I wear pants. ("Haku" is used for putting on the legs.)Kutsu o haku. 靴を履く｡ --- I wear shoes. ("Haku" is also used for putting on footwear.)Omocha de asobu. おもちゃで遊ぶ｡ --- I play with toys. ("Asobu" originally means, "to amuse oneself.")Piano o hiku. ピアノを弾く｡ --- I play the piano. ("Hiku" is used to play the musical instrument that requires the manipulation of fingers.)Fue o fuku. 笛を吹く｡ --- I play the flute. ("Fuku" is used to play the musical instrument that requires blowing.)Taiko o tataku. 太鼓をたたく｡ --- I play the drum. ("Tataku" is used to play the musical instrument that requires beating.)Rekoodo o kakeru. レコードをかける｡ --- I am playing a record.Toranpu o suru. トランプをする｡ --- I play cards.Yakyuu o suru. 野球をする｡ --- I play baseball. ("Suru" can be used for most sports.)Romio o enjiru. ロミオを演じる｡ --- I play the role of Romeo.