Languages › Italian How to Talk About the Parts of the Body in Italian Learn vocabulary and phrases for le parti del corpo Share Flipboard Email Print Ascent Xmedia / Getty Images Italian Vocabulary History & Culture Grammar by Cher Hale Cher Hale is the founder of The Iceberg Project, a language-learning platform for students of the Italian language. She also hosts the "30 Minute Italian" podcast. Updated February 27, 2018 While chatting about body parts isn’t something that’s often a part of small talk, the necessity of knowing body part of Italian vocabulary pops at the most unexpected times. Besides the typical doctor situation, it comes up in many Italian proverbs, when describing physical characteristics of a person, and in famous children’s songs. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Below you’ll find an extensive list of body parts in the singular form along with examples to demonstrate the various ways to use your newfound vocabulary in real life. ankle la caviglia arm il braccio armpit l'ascella artery l'arteria body il corpo bone l'osso brain il cervello calf il polpaccio chest il torace collarbone la clavicola elbow il gomito finger il dito foot il piede hand la mano heart il cuore heel il calcagno hip l'anca index finger l'indice knee il ginocchio larynx la laringe leg la gamba middle finger il medio muscle il muscolo nail l'unghia nerve il nervo pinkie il mignolo rib la costola ring finger l'anulare shoulder la spalla skin la pelle spine la spina dorsale stomach lo stomaco thumb il pollice vein la vena wrist il polso When you change some of the body parts from the singular into the plural form, they might seem strange at first because they don’t follow the regular rules of the ending of a feminine, plural word ending in the letter -e or a masculine, plural word ending in the letter -i. Per esempio L’orecchio (ear) becomes le orecchie (ears)Il braccio (arm) becomes le braccia (arms)Il dito (finger) becomes le dita (fingers)Il ginocchio (knee) becomes le ginocchia (knees) Esempi Mi fa male lo stomaco. - My stomach hurts.Ho mal di testa. - I have a headache.Ho la testa altrove. - My head is somewhere else; I’m not focused.Siamo nelle tue mani. - We’re in your hands; We’re trusting you.L’hai visto? Ha gli addominali a tartaruga! - Did you see him? He has six-pack abs!Devo farmi le unghie. - I need to do my nails; I need to get a manicure.Sei così rosso in viso! - You’re so red in the face!; You’re blushing.Ho un ginocchio messo male. - I have a bad knee. Finally, here are a few proverbs with body parts: Alzarsi con il piede sbagliato – To get up with the wrong foot; idiomatic meaning: to get up on the wrong side of the bed Stamattina, mi sono svegliato/a con il piede sbagliato e finora ho avuto una giornataccia! - This morning I got up with the wrong foot and since then I’ve had such a bad day! Non avere peli sulla lingua – To have no hairs on the tongue; idiomatic meaning: to speak frankly Lui sempre dice cose sprezzanti, non ha davvero peli sulla lingua! - He always says rude things, he truly doesn’t have any hair on the tongue! Essere una persona in gamba/essere in gamba – To be a person in leg; idiomatic meaning: to be a really great, upstanding person Lei mi ha sempre aiutato, è veramente una persona in gamba. – She’s always helped me, she’s really a good person. Continue Reading Learn to form plural nouns in Italian French Vocabulary Guide: Parts of the Body Learn Each Part of the Body With Example Sentences and Categories Learning the German Parts of the Body Using the Dative Reflexive Phrases for Talking About Family in Italian 75 Vocabulary Words for Talking About Sports in Italian 33 Spanish Phrases That Refer to Body Parts This Weather-Related Vocab Is Essential for German Small Talk Learning The German Terms For Parts of the Body Learn How to Order a Drink in Italian What Are the Names for Body Parts in Spanish? The Parts of a Butterfly Parts of an Airplane An Italian Language Must: How to Tell Time Learn How to Use the Preposition "Con" in Italian Are You Using Italian Possessive Adjectives the Correct Way?