Languages › German Parts of the Body German for Beginners Lesson Share Flipboard Email Print AlonzoDesign / Getty Images Languages History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 24, 2020 The German words for many parts of the body are similar or identical to English: der Arm, die Hand, der Finger, das Haar, das Kinn. (English is, after all, a Germanic language.) But of course they're not all that easy, and you still need to learn the genders of even the easy ones. (Don't ask me why a hand is feminine but a finger is masculine. It's pointless to worry about such things.) German Expressions Using Parts of the Body Hals- und Beinbruch!Break a leg! (Neck and leg break!) (Although it adds the neck, the German expression actually wishes someone good luck, as in English.) One element of this lesson relates to the way that German-speakers talk about the body. In the classic film "Casablanca," Humphrey Bogart's character says to Ingrid Bergman: "Here's lookin' at you, kid." In the German version, that Americanism became "Ich schau dir in die Augen, Kleines." Instead of saying "your eyes," German tends to be more like the English expression "I'm looking you in the eye," using the definite article with the dative to show personal possession. Let's learn the basic vocabulary of Körperteile (parts of the body). German Glossary for Body Parts In this glossary, the plural form is given only for those items that usually come in pairs or multiples (eyes, ears, fingers, etc.). You'll notice that our glossary runs from the top of the body (head) to the bottom (foot, von Kopf bis Fuß). Englisch Deutsch hair* das Haar/die Haare (pl.) head der Kopf ear, ears das Ohr, die Ohren (pl.) face das Gesicht forehead die Stirn eyebrow, eyebrows die Augenbraue, die Augenbrauen eyelash, eyelashes die Wimper, die Wimpern eye, eyes das Auge, die Augen nose die Nase lip, lips die Lippe, die Lippen mouth* der Mund tooth, teeth der Zahn, die Zähne chin das Kinn neck der Hals shoulder, shoulders die Schulter, die Schultern back der Rücken arm, arms der Arm, die Arme elbow, elbows der Ell(en)bogen, die Ell(en)bogen wrist, wrists das Handgelenk, die Handgelenke hand, hands die Hand, die Hände finger, fingers der Finger, die Finger thumb, thumbs* der Daumen, die Daumen index finger der Zeigefinger finger nail (nails) der Fingernagel (-nägel) chest die Brust breast, breasts (bosom) die Brust, die Brüste (der Busen) stomach, belly der Bauch German Expressions Using the German Dative Reflexive and Parts of the Body German for Beginners: Occupations (Beruf) Common German Idioms, Sayings and Proverbs German for Beginners: Study Tips German for Beginners: Lesson 16C - German Modal Verbs German for Beginners: Pronunciation and Alphabet Learning German "Give and Take" - "Geben, Nehmen" Beginner German: Hear and Learn Words for Family Members How to Speak About the Family in German Learn the 4 German Noun Cases German for Beginners: 'Haus und Hof' (House and Home) Kinderreime - Nursery Rhymes in German and English German for Beginners Essen und Trinken German for Travelers: The Basic Travel Phrasebook Als der Nikolaus kam: The German "Night Before Christmas"