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 How Do the French Love Possessives? Let Us Count the Many, Many Ways All About the French Causative "le Causatif" What Are the Three Voices of French? How Do You Say "He is Tall" in French? How Do You Use French Pronominal Verbs? All about Être, a French Super Verb Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Se Souvenir ("to Remember") Do You Know the Difference Between These French Homophones? 90+ Popular Expressions and Idioms in French Synonyms for Trés: Ways to Say "Very" in French Learn the Different Meanings of French Homophones How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Rater' ('to Miss, Fail') How to Talk About the Parts of the Body in Italian To Speak French, You'll Need to Learn How to Conjugate Voir Porter, Etre En, Se Mettre En... "To Wear" In French The French Greet Friends With a Kiss on Both Cheeks. But a Hug? Never!