Let’s learn the French face vocabulary about the face, and then see it come alive with my video featuring the video game “the Sims” in French.
Let’s learn the face French vocabulary and expression – scroll down to watch the video with the Sims.
1 – The Face – Le Visage in French
- le front – forehead
- le nez – nose. Z is silent but makes the e sound é. In the plural, there is no s – un nez, des nez.
- la joue – cheek
- le menton – chin
- une oreille – ear
Le visage is located on “la tête”. The face is located on the head.
On top of “la tête” is a special kind of hair: this hair in French is called “les cheveux”.
A single piece of hair would be “un cheveu” in the singular, but in French, when we refer to the ensemble of the hair, as in when you comb your hair, or style your hair, we use “cheveux” in the plural.
2 – Pronunciation of Eye in French
- Un oeil – one eye – has a strong liaison in N.
- Les yeux – In the plural, you will almost always have a Z sound starting the word “z-yeux” because of the word which comes before it, and the liaison, so you may as well memorize the sound “zieu” for it.
- La paupière – the eye lid
- Un cil – an eye lash – L pronounced
- le sourcil – eyebrow (L silent)
And then, another strange word : “un cil”, des “cils”, this time with the final L pronounced : the eye-lashes.
3 – Mouth in French
- la bouche – mouth
- La lèvre (supérieure / inférieure ) – upper / lower lip
- La dent – tooth
- La langue – the tongue
- l’épiglotte – epiglottis
4 – Inside the Head
- le cerveau – brain
- le pharynx – pharynx
- l’œsophage – esophagus
- la gorge – throat
- le sinus – sinus
- le palais – palate
- la langue – tongue
- le larynx – larynx
- les cordes vocales – vocal cords
- la pomme d’Adam – Adam’s apple
- La machoire – the jaw
5 – French Idiomatic Expressions With The Face
- Oeil pour oeil, dent pour dent – an eye for an eye
- Ça se voit comme le nez au milieu de la figure – it’s obvious
- Tomber nez à nez avec quelqu’un – to run into someone
- Ne pas fermer l’oeil de la nuit – to have a sleepless night
- Avoir un oeil contre quelqu’un – to have something against someone
- Regarder quelqu’un d’un oeil noir – to give bad looks to someone
- Être une langue de vipère – to tell bad gossips
- Avoir l’eau à la bouche – to have your mouth water for something
- Le bouche à oreille – word of mouth
6 – Learn French With The Sims – Video About the French Face Vocabulary
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