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Parts of the Body

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Learn how to say the parts of the body in French, and click the links to hear each word pronounced.

le corps body
les cheveux hair
la tête head
le visage face
un œil
les yeux
eye
eyes
le nez nose
la joue cheek
la bouche mouth
la lèvre lip
la dent tooth
une oreille ear
le cou neck
la poitrine chest
un estomac    stomach
le bras arm
une épaule shoulder
le coude elbow
le poignet wrist
la main hand
le doigt finger
un ongle fingernail
le pouce thumb
le dos back
la jambe leg
le genou knee
la cheville ankle
le pied foot
un orteil toe

Note: the possessive adjective is almost never used with body parts in French - you rarely say things like "my leg" or "his hair." Instead, the French use reflexive verbs to show possession with body parts:

   Je me suis cassé la jambe.
   I broke my leg (literally, I broke the leg of myself).

   Il s'est lavé les cheveux.
   He washed his hair (literally, He washed the hair of himself).
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