How to say 80 important face and body parts in Spanish

They say learning a new language is like acquiring a new soul… but how will you do that if you can’t say the body parts in that language?

If you’re trying to learn the parts of the body in Spanish, this guide is for you. Whether you just want to learn a few basic body parts in Spanish or need to learn how to say specific organs for a visit to the doctor’s office, we’ve got you covered.

Even if you don’t even know how to say body in Spanish, we’ll help you become a pro in no time! Our guide includes pronunciation help as well, so you can say each part of the body in Spanish without sounding like a foreigner.

We’ll also cover some songs and fun games to help you study. Are you ready? ¡Vámonos!

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Child learns body parts in Spanish at her visit to the doctor's office during a check up.

Why learn about Spanish body parts

Even if you’re not really interested in human anatomy, learning how to say the human body parts in Spanish is an essential part of every Spanish learner’s journey. Here are some great reasons to study Spanish body part names.

1. Facilitating doctor appointments

Nobody likes going to the doctor’s office, especially if you have to communicate in a language that you don’t fully master. However, one of the best ways to improve your Spanish is by putting yourself in situations that will push you out of your comfort zone. Even if you didn’t choose to get sick, you should try to think of this as an opportunity to expand your Spanish knowledge!

Luckily, you probably already know where the pain is or might have a hunch of what might be wrong with you. So, you’ll only have to memorize a handful of parts to make your appointment go significantly smoother!

2. Understanding common phrases and sayings

If you’ve been learning Spanish for a while, you probably already know that speakers of the language love using idioms, phrases and slang in Spanish. Many of them include body parts!

If you know the body part in question, you’ll have a much easier time understanding the phrase.

3. Ordering at the supermarket

Okay, yes, the human body does not have wings or tails, but it does have legs, thighs, breasts, and many other body parts in common with butcher cuts. Assuming you already know some animal vocabulary in Spanish (which is definitely worth studying!), you will be able to buy from the supermarket with ease.

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How to say “body” in Spanish

Child learns face parts in Spanish by pointing to his fathers nose and face.

Let’s start with the very basics: how to say body in Spanish. The word for body in Spanish is cuerpo (ˈkwɛɾpo) but keep in mind that you will almost always accompany it with an article: el cuerpo.

This is because most sentences where your body is involved will include a reflexive verb. If your Spanish lessons haven’t gotten to those yet, do not worry. Just know that a reflexive verb includes the subject in the verb.

So, a sentence like “My body hurts” will be translated as Me duele el cuerpo. Notice how you say el cuerpo instead of mi cuerpo? That’s because me duele is a reflexive verb, so the “my” part is already included. No need to say mi cuerpo in most cases!

The same is true for other body parts, so keep this in mind as we move on to review them.

Head in Spanish

Another important thing to learn is how to say head in Spanish. Not only is the head arguably the most important part of the body, but it is also a common body part for expressions. It’s also a part of many words that you may expect, like headache (dolor de cabeza) and some words you’d never expect, like puzzle (rompecabezas).

Without further ado, the Spanish word for head is cabeza (kaˈβesa). This is a feminine word, so its corresponding article will be feminine too: la cabeza.

Let’s dive into some of the parts of la cabeza.

Face parts in Spanish

Here are all the parts of the face in Spanish you should know to easily navigate any Spanish conversation about the face.

We’ve included the phonetic pronunciation as well as some regional variations as well so you can speak like it was your first language!

English Spanish  Pronunciation Regional variations
Head La Cabeza la kaˈβesa El coco, la testa, la mollera, la calabaza, la cholla
Face La Cara la ˈkaɾa La faz, el rostro, el haz, la jeta
Ears Las Orejas las oˈɾexas Los oídos
Eyes Los Ojos los ˈoxos -
Nose La Nariz la naˈɾis -
Chin La Barbilla la βaɾˈβiʝa La barba, la papada
Cheeks Los Cachetes los kaˈʧɛtes -
Forehead La Frente la ˈfɾɛ̃nte -
Jaw La Quijada la kiˈxaða La mandíbula
Eyebrows Las Cejas las ˈsexas -
Eyelashes Las Pestañas las pɛsˈtaɲas -
Temple Las sienes las ˈsjenes Las templas, el temporal, el hueso temporal
Nostril Las fosas nasales las ˈfosas̬ naˈsales -
Lips Los labios los̬ ˈlaβjos -
Mouth La boca la ˈβoka El morro, el hocico, el pico
Teeth/Tooth El diente / Los dientes ɛl ˈdjɛ̃nte | los̬ ˈðjɛ̃ntes Los aferres, las muerdas, las claves
Tongue La lengua la ˈlɛ̃nɡwa El sinhueso
Hair El cabello / El pelo ɛl kaˈβeʝo | ɛl ˈpelo La cabellera, la greña, la melena
Neck El cuello ɛl ˈkweʝo El pescuezo, el cogote, el gollete, la garganta

More body parts in Spanish

Now that you’ve learned the parts of the face in Spanish, let’s put some flesh on the bones of this article (wink, wink) by learning about limbs, anatomy and parts. As usual, keep an eye on the phonetic spelling and regional variations so you never get caught off guard.

English Spanish  Pronunciation Regional variations
Legs Las piernas las ˈpjɛɾnas Las extremidades, los miembros
Right leg La pierna derecha la ˈpjɛɾna ðɛˈɾeʧa -
Left leg La pierna izquierda la ˈpjɛɾna i̯sˈkjɛɾða
Hands Las manos las̬ ˈmanos -
Right hand La mano derecha la ˈmano ðɛˈɾeʧa -
Left hand La mano izquierda la ˈmano i̯sˈkjɛɾða -
Foot/feet El pie / Los pies ɛl ˈpje | los ˈpjes El pinrel, las patas
Right foot El pie derecho ɛl ˈpje ðɛˈɾeʧo -
Left foot El pie izquierdo ɛl ˈpje i̯sˈkjɛɾðo -
Shoulders Los hombros los ˈõmbɾos Las hombreras
Right shoulder El hombro derecho ɛl ˈõmbɾo ðɛˈɾeʧo -
Left shoulder El hombro izquierdo ɛl ˈõmbɾo i̯sˈkjɛɾðo -
Toes Los dedos de los pies los̬ ˈðeðos̬ ðe los ˈpjes -
Elbow El codo ɛl ˈkoðo El codillo
Forearm El antebrazo ɛl ãnteˈβɾaso -
Wrist La muñeca la muˈɲeka El carpo
Fingers Los dedos los̬ ˈðeðos Los dátiles
Thumb El pulgar ɛl pulˈɣaɾ -
Index/Pointer Finger El dedo índice ɛl ˈdeðo ˈĩndise -
Middle Finger El dedo medio ɛl ˈdeðo ˈmeðjo -
Ring Finger El dedo anular ɛl ˈdeðo anuˈlaɾ
Pinky Finger El meñique ɛl meˈɲike -
Knuckles Los nudillos los̬ nuˈðiʝos -
Fingernails Las uñas las ˈuɲas -
Fingertips Las puntas de los dedos las ˈpũntas̬ ðe los̬ ˈðeðos -
Hip La cadera la kaˈðɛɾa -
Bum Los glúteos los̬ ˈɣluteos Las nalgas, las pompas, la cola, el trasero, las pompis
Thigh El muslo ɛl ˈmus̬lo -
Knee La rodilla la roˈðiʝa -
Calf La pantorrilla la pãntoˈriʝa -
Ankle El tobillo ɛl toˈβiʝo -
Heel El talón ɛl taˈlõn -
Waist La cintura la sĩnˈtuɾa El talle
Abs Las abdominales las aβðomiˈnales -
Breast Los senos los ˈsenos Los bustos, las tetas, el pecho
Chest El pecho ɛl ˈpeʧo -
Skin La piel la ˈpjɛl El cuero, el pellejo, la badana

Inside body parts in Spanish

Organs and other internal body parts may not sound glamorous, but these are often the most commonly-used phrases for them.

After all, what’s a phrase about love without mentioning the heart? Learn all about inside body parts in Spanish from our table below.

English Spanish  Pronunciation Regional variations
Brain El cerebro ɛl sɛˈɾeβɾo -
Heart El corazón ɛl koɾaˈsõn -
Lungs Los pulmones los pulˈmones -
Muscle Los músculos los̬ ˈmuskulos -
Stomach El estómago ɛl ɛsˈtomaɣo La barriga, el baúl, la panza, el vientre
Bones Los huesos los ˈwesos -
Liver El hígado ɛl ˈiɣaðo -
Kidneys Los riñones los̬ riˈɲones -
Ribs Las costillas las kosˈtiʝas -
Spine La columna vertebral la koˈlũmna βɛɾteˈβɾal La espina vertebral
Blood La sangre la ˈsãnɡɾe -
Veins Las venas las̬ ˈβenas -
Arteries Las arterias las aɾˈtɛɾjas -
Esophagus El esófago ɛl eˈsofaɣo -
Gallbladder La vesícula la βeˈsikula -
Pancreas El páncreas ɛl ˈpãnkɾeas -
Bladder La vejiga la βeˈxiɣa -
Appendix El apéndice ɛl aˈpɛ̃ndise -
Tonsils Las anginas las ãnˈxinas -
Trachea La tráquea la ˈtɾakea -
Spleen El bazo ɛl ˈβaso -
Large intestine El intestino grueso ɛl ĩntɛsˈtino ˈɣɾweso -
Small intestine El intestino delgado ɛl ĩntɛsˈtino ðɛlˈɣaðo -
Colon El colon ɛl ˈkolõn -

Spanish songs about the body

We get it, memorizing dozens of body parts in a new language is hard. With that said, studying Spanish never has to be boring! If you’re a musically-inclined learner, then there’s no better way for you to study than with Spanish songs about body parts.

Si Estás Feliz - Super Simple Español

If you’re a native English speaker, you probably remember the popular nursery rhyme “if you’re happy and you know it.” Si estás feliz is the Spanish equivalent of this song, and just like the English version, it will teach you what to do with your body if you’re happy (and you know it!).



El baile del cuerpo - COREOKIDS

If you’re more into dancing than singing, this song is perfect for you. From head to toes, this dance is sure to get you moving and engaging your body!


ADMV - Maluma

If you’re not into children’s music—we got you. Maluma is a hugely popular singer-songwriter who makes fiercely emotional Spanish-language music. His song AMDV (short for Amor De Mi Vida) is a must for romantics and, although it’s not explicitly about body parts, it does talk about all the body parts and how he’s still going to love his girl even after all their body parts grow old.

Body-related Spanish words, expressions and sayings

When we said there are many Spanish phrases and sayings that involve body parts, we meant it. Below are some of the most important phrases and words involving body parts.

English Spanish  Pronunciation
Nobody Nadie ˈnaðje
Somebody Alguien ˈalɣjɛ̃n
Everybody Todos ˈtoðos
Bodyguard Guardaespaldas ɡwaɾðaɛsˈpaldas
Homebody Hogareño oɣaˈɾeɲo
Evil eye Aojo aˈoxo
Twist my arm Dar mi brazo a torcer ˈdaɾ mi ˈβɾaso a toɾˈsɛɾ
Fed up Estar hasta la nariz ɛsˈtaɾ ˈasta la naˈɾis
Get something off your chest Sacar algo del pecho saˈkaɾ ˈalɣo ðɛl ˈpeʧo
Cost an arm and a leg Cuesta un ojo de la cara ˈkwɛsta u̯n ˈoxo ðe la ˈkaɾa
Lend someone a hand Echar la mano a alguien eˈʧaɾ la ˈmano a ˈalɣjɛ̃n
Give an inch, take a mile Te doy la mano y me tomas el brazo te ˈðoi̯ la ˈmano i̯ me ˈtomas ɛl ˈβɾaso
To be the center of attention Ser el ombligo del mundo ˈsɛɾ ɛl õmˈbliɣo ðɛl ˈmũndo
To not have a filter No tener pelos en la lengua ˈno teˈnɛɾ ˈpelos ɛ̃n la ˈlɛ̃nɡwa
To be cheap Ser codo ˈsɛɾ ˈkoðo
To mess up Meter la pata mɛˈtɛɾ la ˈpata
To be stubborn Ser de cabeza dura ˈsɛɾ ðe kaˈβesa ˈðuɾa
Eye for an eye Ojo por ojo ˈoxo poɾ ˈoxo
Full tummy, happy heart Barriga llena, corazón contento baˈriɣa ˈʝena | koɾaˈsõn kõnˈtɛ̃nto

Tips for learning Spanish body parts

If songs aren’t your thing, there are many other ways to easily memorize Spanish anatomy vocabulary. Here are a few effective and simple ways to learn body parts in Spanish.

1. Make it a game

There are so many great games you can play to memorize limbs and anatomy. Some of our favorites are:

  • Mr. Potato Head. This classic game incorporates almost all of the most important body parts: arms, eyes, mouth, nose, and more. Who cares if it’s a potato? His human body parts can help us learn about limbs!
  • Operation. This fun board game is available in Spanish as Operando. If you cannot find a Spanish-language Operando, simply use flashcards to make your own playing cards with Spanish body parts!
  • Monster drawings. Make a body parts in Spanish list and cut it up so that each body part is its own piece of paper. Put them in a cup and then draw some (up to you to decide how many!) body parts. Then you’ll have to draw a monster with only the body parts you drew! This can be a fun group game—the best monster wins!

2. Create fun worksheets

Creating worksheets can be a great way to test your knowledge and increase your chances of memorizing the body parts in the long term. You can find many great worksheets on the internet where you fill in the blanks for different body parts. Here are two great examples for a body worksheet and a face worksheet!

Hold your head high and keep studying!

Couple study body parts in Spanish online.

Learning a new language does require you to put in effort and time, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right study tools, you will be able to master the body parts in Spanish.

Remember to always keep things fun and light in order to avoid getting dolor de cabeza from studying!

We hope you found this guide useful, and make sure to fill out the form below for more help learning Spanish! Good luck with your studies, and break a leg!

Next up, you might want to master all the various ways you can say hi in Spanish or conquer the Spanish alphabet.

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