Learn French With The Sims – French Body Vocabulary + Video

Learn the French body Vocabulary – le corps – and the learn the correct French body vocabulary pronunciation with my video about the French terms for the body featuring the video game The Sims 4.

Scroll to the end to see the video.

1 – The Upper Body – French Vocabulary

First, let’s start with the upper body, with a front view: “une vue de face”.

  1. La tête – head
  2. Le cou – neck
  3. L’épaule (f), les épaules – shoulder
  4. La poitrine – chest (un sein, des seins = breasts)
  5. Le ventre – belly
  6. Le nombril – belly button
  7. Le bras, les bras – arms

Watch the video I did to learn French with the Sims about the face in French – le visage.

2 – The Lower Body – French Vocabulary

Then, the lower body.

  1. Le bassin – pelvis
  2. le sexe – sex
  3. la jambe, les jambes – legs

3 – The Back of the Body – Le Dos – French Body Vocabulary

  1. La nuque – nape
  2. Le dos – back
  3. Le haut du dos – upper back
  4. Le bas du dos (les reins) – lower back (kidney area)
  5. Le derrière – butt
  6. Une fesse, des fesses – buttlocks

4 – The Arm – Le Bras – French Body Vocabulary

Let’s take a closer look at “le bras”, the arm in French. Note the silent s.

  1. L’épaule – shoulder
  2. Le haut du bras – upper arm
  3. Le coude -elbow
  4. Le petit juif – crazy/ funny bone
  5. L’avant bras – arm
  6. Le poignet – wrist
  7. La main – hand
  8. Un doigt – finger (g and t silent)

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5 – The Hand and the Fingers – La Main et Les Doigts – French Body Vocabulary

  • Le dessus de la main – top of the hand
  • La paume – palm

The name of the fingers in French are:

  1. Le pouce – thumb
  2. L’index –  index
  3. Le majeur – middle finger
  4. L’annulaire – annular
  5. L’auriculaire, le petit-doigt – pinky

6 – The Leg – La Jambe – French Body Vocabulary

  1. La cuisse – thigh
  2. Le genou, les genoux –  knee (note the silent x for the plural)
  3. Le bas de la jambe, or le tibia- lower leg
  4. Le mollet – calf
  5. La cheville -ankle
  6. Le pied -foot
  7. Un orteil –  toe
  8. Un doigt de pied – toe
  9. Le gros orteil – big toe

7 – Le Squelette – the skeleton – French Body Vocabulary

  1. Un os, des os – bones
    Watch out the the pronunciation of “os” in French:
    un os – S is pronounced, open o, and there is a strong liaison in N [un Nosss]
    des os – S is silent, and there is a strong liaison in Z [dé zo]
  2. Le crâne – skull
  3. La colonne vertébrale –  spine
  4. Une vertèbre –  vertebra
  5. Le sternum – sternum
  6. La cage thoracique – rib cage
  7. Une côte – rib
  8. Le pelvis, le bassin – pelvis

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8 – The Bones of the Arm – French Body Vocabulary

  1. La clavicule – collar bone
  2. L’omoplate – shoulder blade
  3. L’humérus (m) – humerus
  4. Le cubitus – ulna
  5. Le radius – radius

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9 – The Bones of the Leg – French Body Vocabulary

  1. La hanche – hip
  2. Le fémur – femur
  3. La rotule – rotula
  4. Le tibia – tibia
  5. Le péroné – fibula

10 – Muscles in French – Les Muscles – French Body Vocabulary

  1. le pectoral –  pectoral
  2. les intercostaux – intercostals
  3. le biceps – biceps
  4. les abdominaux (les abdo) – abdominals
  5. les quadriceps – quadriceps
  6. le deltoïde – deltoid
  7. le dorsal – latissimus dorsi
  8. le triceps (p and s pronounced) – triceps
  9. le fessier – buttocks
  10. les jumeaux – calf

11 – Organs in French – Les Organs – French Body Vocabulary

  1. le cerveau – brain
  2. la thyroïde –  thyroid gland
  3. le poumon –  lung
  4. le cœur –  heart
  5. l’estomac –  stomach (c is silent)
  6. la rate – spleen
  7. le foie –  liver
  8. le rein –  kidney
  9. le pancréas –  pancreas
  10. l’intestin grêle –  small intestine
  11. le gros intestin –  large intestine

Organ food in French is called “les abats” and here is my article about it, featuring French offals vocabulary and French dishes that have them.

12 – Miscellaneous French Body Terms

  1. Un muscles – muscle
  2. Un tendon – tendon
  3. Une veine – vein
  4. Une artère – artery
  5. Le sang (g silent) – blood
  6. Un nerf (s silent) – nerve
  7. La peau – skin
  8. Le cartilage – cartilage
  9. la chair – flesh

13 – French Idiomatic Expressions With Le Body

  1. En avoir plein le dos – to be fed up
  2. Avoir la tête sur les épaules – to be realistic and trustworthy
  3. Avoir quelqu’un dans la peau – to be attracted to someone
  4. Avoir bon coeur – to be generous
  5. Etre le nombril du monde – to think you are the most important person in the world
  6. Oeil pour oeil, dent pour dent – an eye for an eye
  7. Ça se voit comme le nez au milieu de la figure – it’s obvious
  8. Tomber nez à nez avec quelqu’un – to run into someone
  9. Ne pas fermer l’oeil de la nuit – to have a sleepless night
  10. Etre le nombril du monde – to think you are the most important person in the world
  11. Oeil pour oeil, dent pour dent – an eye for an eye
  12. Avoir mal au coeur – to be nauseous
  13. (Danser) comme un pied – (to dance) poorly
  14. Etre sur les nerfs – to be on edge
  15. Garder son sang froid – to stay calm
  16. Donner un coup de main – to give a helping hand – not to be mistake with (see below)
  17. Donner un coup de pied – to kick

And now, let’s see a video featuring the French vocabulary about the body, and using The Sims 4. For more French videos using The Sims and Minecraft, please subscribe to French Today’s YouTube Channel.

14 – Learn French Vocabulary With the Sims – The Body Video

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