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!

EnglishSpanish PronunciationRegional variations
HeadLa Cabezala kaˈβesaEl coco, la testa, la mollera, la calabaza, la cholla
FaceLa Carala ˈkaɾaLa faz, el rostro, el haz, la jeta
EarsLas Orejaslas oˈɾexasLos oídos
EyesLos Ojoslos ˈoxos-
NoseLa Narizla naˈɾis-
ChinLa Barbillala βaɾˈβiʝaLa barba, la papada
CheeksLos Cacheteslos kaˈʧɛtes-
ForeheadLa Frentela ˈfɾɛ̃nte-
JawLa Quijadala kiˈxaðaLa mandíbula
EyebrowsLas Cejaslas ˈsexas-
EyelashesLas Pestañaslas pɛsˈtaɲas-
TempleLas sieneslas ˈsjenesLas templas, el temporal, el hueso temporal
NostrilLas fosas nasaleslas ˈfosas̬ naˈsales-
LipsLos labioslos̬ ˈlaβjos-
MouthLa bocala ˈβokaEl morro, el hocico, el pico
Teeth/ToothEl diente / Los dientesɛl ˈdjɛ̃nte | los̬ ˈðjɛ̃ntesLos aferres, las muerdas, las claves
TongueLa lenguala ˈlɛ̃nɡwaEl sinhueso
HairEl cabello / El peloɛl kaˈβeʝo | ɛl ˈpeloLa cabellera, la greña, la melena
NeckEl cuelloɛl ˈkweʝoEl 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.

EnglishSpanish PronunciationRegional variations
LegsLas piernaslas ˈpjɛɾnasLas extremidades, los miembros
Right legLa pierna derechala ˈpjɛɾna ðɛˈɾeʧa-
Left legLa pierna izquierdala ˈpjɛɾna i̯sˈkjɛɾða
HandsLas manoslas̬ ˈmanos-
Right handLa mano derechala ˈmano ðɛˈɾeʧa-
Left handLa mano izquierdala ˈmano i̯sˈkjɛɾða-
Foot/feetEl pie / Los piesɛl ˈpje | los ˈpjesEl pinrel, las patas
Right footEl pie derechoɛl ˈpje ðɛˈɾeʧo-
Left footEl pie izquierdoɛl ˈpje i̯sˈkjɛɾðo-
ShouldersLos hombroslos ˈõmbɾosLas hombreras
Right shoulderEl hombro derechoɛl ˈõmbɾo ðɛˈɾeʧo-
Left shoulderEl hombro izquierdoɛl ˈõmbɾo i̯sˈkjɛɾðo-
ToesLos dedos de los pieslos̬ ˈðeðos̬ ðe los ˈpjes-
ElbowEl codoɛl ˈkoðoEl codillo
ForearmEl antebrazoɛl ãnteˈβɾaso-
WristLa muñecala muˈɲekaEl carpo
FingersLos dedoslos̬ ˈðeðosLos dátiles
ThumbEl pulgarɛl pulˈɣaɾ-
Index/Pointer FingerEl dedo índiceɛl ˈdeðo ˈĩndise-
Middle FingerEl dedo medioɛl ˈdeðo ˈmeðjo-
Ring FingerEl dedo anularɛl ˈdeðo anuˈlaɾ
Pinky FingerEl meñiqueɛl meˈɲike-
KnucklesLos nudilloslos̬ nuˈðiʝos-
FingernailsLas uñaslas ˈuɲas-
FingertipsLas puntas de los dedoslas ˈpũntas̬ ðe los̬ ˈðeðos-
HipLa caderala kaˈðɛɾa-
BumLos glúteoslos̬ ˈɣluteosLas nalgas, las pompas, la cola, el trasero, las pompis
ThighEl musloɛl ˈmus̬lo-
KneeLa rodillala roˈðiʝa-
CalfLa pantorrillala pãntoˈriʝa-
AnkleEl tobilloɛl toˈβiʝo-
HeelEl talónɛl taˈlõn-
WaistLa cinturala sĩnˈtuɾaEl talle
AbsLas abdominaleslas aβðomiˈnales-
BreastLos senoslos ˈsenosLos bustos, las tetas, el pecho
ChestEl pechoɛl ˈpeʧo-
SkinLa piella ˈpjɛlEl 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.

EnglishSpanish PronunciationRegional variations
BrainEl cerebroɛl sɛˈɾeβɾo-
HeartEl corazónɛl koɾaˈsõn-
LungsLos pulmoneslos pulˈmones-
MuscleLos músculoslos̬ ˈmuskulos-
StomachEl estómagoɛl ɛsˈtomaɣoLa barriga, el baúl, la panza, el vientre
BonesLos huesoslos ˈwesos-
LiverEl hígadoɛl ˈiɣaðo-
KidneysLos riñoneslos̬ riˈɲones-
RibsLas costillaslas kosˈtiʝas-
SpineLa columna vertebralla koˈlũmna βɛɾteˈβɾalLa espina vertebral
BloodLa sangrela ˈsãnɡɾe-
VeinsLas venaslas̬ ˈβenas-
ArteriesLas arteriaslas aɾˈtɛɾjas-
EsophagusEl esófagoɛl eˈsofaɣo-
GallbladderLa vesículala βeˈsikula-
PancreasEl páncreasɛl ˈpãnkɾeas-
BladderLa vejigala βeˈxiɣa-
AppendixEl apéndiceɛl aˈpɛ̃ndise-
TonsilsLas anginaslas ãnˈxinas-
TracheaLa tráqueala ˈtɾakea-
SpleenEl bazoɛl ˈβaso-
Large intestineEl intestino gruesoɛl ĩntɛsˈtino ˈɣɾweso-
Small intestineEl intestino delgadoɛl ĩntɛsˈtino ðɛlˈɣaðo-
ColonEl colonɛl 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.

EnglishSpanish Pronunciation
Evil eyeAojoaˈoxo
Twist my armDar mi brazo a torcerˈdaɾ mi ˈβɾaso a toɾˈsɛɾ
Fed upEstar hasta la narizɛsˈtaɾ ˈasta la naˈɾis
Get something off your chestSacar algo del pechosaˈkaɾ ˈalɣo ðɛl ˈpeʧo
Cost an arm and a legCuesta un ojo de la caraˈkwɛsta u̯n ˈoxo ðe la ˈkaɾa
Lend someone a handEchar la mano a alguieneˈʧaɾ la ˈmano a ˈalɣjɛ̃n
Give an inch, take a mileTe doy la mano y me tomas el brazote ˈðoi̯ la ˈmano i̯ me ˈtomas ɛl ˈβɾaso
To be the center of attentionSer el ombligo del mundoˈsɛɾ ɛl õmˈbliɣo ðɛl ˈmũndo
To not have a filterNo tener pelos en la lenguaˈno teˈnɛɾ ˈpelos ɛ̃n la ˈlɛ̃nɡwa
To be cheapSer codoˈsɛɾ ˈkoðo
To mess upMeter la patamɛˈtɛɾ la ˈpata
To be stubbornSer de cabeza duraˈsɛɾ ðe kaˈβesa ˈðuɾa
Eye for an eyeOjo por ojoˈoxo poɾ ˈoxo
Full tummy, happy heartBarriga llena, corazón contentobaˈriɣa 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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