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Spanish Practice on Body Parts in Spanish

written by: Heather Marie Kosur • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 3/2/2012

The following body parts in Spanish listening practice lesson plan is recommended for Spanish teachers to teach first- and second-year Spanish language learners to talk about the parts of the body in Spanish.

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    Body Parts in Spanish Listening Practice

    Bodies: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikicouple.svg Learning the parts of the body in the Spanish language is important for every Spanish student and especially essential for those language learners who plan to travel to a Spanish speaking country. Knowing the vocabulary for body parts is necessary should a medical emergency such as an illness or injury arise. The Spanish teacher can use the following body parts in Spanish listening practice lesson to teach Spanish students the parts of the body.

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    Body Parts in Spanish Vocabulary

    Begin the Spanish listening practice lesson by teaching or reviewing the parts of the body in Spanish. Use the following Spanish body parts vocabulary list:

    • el abdomen – abdomen
    • el apéndice vermicular – appendix
    • la arteria – artery
    • la axila – armpit
    • la barba – beard
    • el bazo – spleen
    • el bigote – moustache
    • la boca – mouth
    • el brazo – arm
    • la cabeza – head
    • la cadera – hip
    • la cara – face
    • la ceja – eyebrow
    • el cerebro - brain
    • la cintura – waist
    • el codo – elbow
    • la columna vertebral – backbone
    • el corazón – heart
    • el cráneo – skull
    • el cuello – neck
    • el cuerpo – body
    • el dedillo – little finger
    • el dedo – finger
    • el dedo anular – ring finger
    • el dedo del pie – toe
    • el diente – teeth
    • el esófago – esophagus
    • la espalda – back
    • el espina dorsal – spinal cord
    • el espinazo – backbone
    • la espinilla – shin
    • el esqueleto – skeleton
    • el estómago – stomach
    • la frente – forehead
    • la garganta – throat
    • el hígado – liver
    • el hombre – shoulder
    • el hueso – bone
    • el índice – forefinger
    • el intestine - intestine
    • el labio – lip
    • la lengua – tongue
    • la mamila – nipple
    • la mano – hand
    • la mejilla – cheek
    • la muela – tooth
    • la muñeca – wrist
    • el múscolo – muscle
    • el muslo – thigh
    • las nalgas – buttocks
    • la nariz – nose
    • el nervio – nerve
    • el oído
    • el ojo – eye
    • la oreja – ear
    • el órgano – organ
    • la palma – palm
    • el pancreas – pancreas
    • la pantorrilla – calf
    • el pecho – chest
    • el pelo – hair
    • la pestaña – eyelash
    • el pezón – nipple
    • el pie – foot
    • la piel – skin
    • la pierna – leg
    • la planta – sole
    • el pulgar – thumb
    • el pulmón – lung
    • el puño – fist
    • el riñon – kidney
    • la rodilla – knee
    • la sangre – blood
    • el seso – brain
    • la sien – temple
    • el talón – heel
    • el tobillo – ankle
    • la tráquea – windpipe
    • la uña – fingernail
    • el útero – womb
    • la vejiga – bladder
    • la vena – vein
    • la vesicular biliar – gall bladder
    • el vientre – abdomen

    For a printable vocabulary list of body parts in Spanish, please download Body Parts Spanish Vocabulary.

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    Spanish Body Parts Activities

    After teaching or reviewing the Spanish vocabulary for the parts of the body, use one or both of the following listening activities to reinforce the lesson:

    • Music games: Modify the childhood songs "The Hokey Pokey" and "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" to practice the Spanish body parts vocabulary. Engaging the body physically will help the students associate words with body parts. For example, sing "Put la mano in; put la mano out; put la mano in, and you shake it all about" as the students motion with the correct body part. Optional: Sing the entire song in Spanish.
    • Me duele(n): Practice using the verb doler "to hurt, to cause pain" by talking about illnesses and injuries of the body. Have one student stand in front of the class and speak a sentence that contains the verb doler. The rest of the class should indicate the part of the body to which the speaking student referred. For example: "Me duele la rodilla" → knee.
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    Spanish students, especially those students who plan to travel to a Spanish speaking country, must learn to talk about the parts of the body. This body parts in Spanish listening practice lesson provides the necessary vocabulary and some suggested listening activities to teach Spanish language learners about the parts of the body.