Languages › French French Vocabulary Guide: Parts of the Body Share Flipboard Email Print duncan1890/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated May 23, 2019 Learning the words for different body parts may not be the first thing you learn in French, but knowing them is essential. If you become ill or injured while traveling overseas, you'll need to be able to describe your symptoms to a doctor. Or perhaps you are telling friends about a fancy party you went to and you want to describe how the guests looked. You can see why beefing up your French vocabulary for parts of the body can come in handy. Test Your Vocabulary 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 œilles yeux eyeeyes 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 Vocabulary Tip 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. For example: 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). Continue Reading Count the Many Ways the French Love Using Possessives In French, If You're Getting Dressed, You're Using a Pronominal Verb The 9 Best Books for Learning French in 2019 Tips to Improve Your French Vocabulary "À La Une" Meaning in French How to Best Use My "Learn French In Context" Lessons How Do You Say "He is Tall" in French? What Are the Three Voices of French? How to Tell Time in French Here's Your Guide to French Reflexive Pronouns All About the French Causative "le Causatif" La Famille and French Family Vocabulary Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Se Souvenir ("to Remember") Synonyms for Très The 9 Best Podcasts for Learning French in 2019 What Does Bon Voyage Mean?