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.
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Learn how to say the parts of the body in French, and click the links to hear each word pronounced.
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).