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  • 0:04 Head and Face Vocabulary
  • 1:01 Body Vocabulary
  • 2:01 'Mal au, Mal a la, Mal aux'
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Instructor: Marcy Farrell
In this lesson, you will learn the French words for body parts, including terms for the head and face as well as body parts such as legs and hands. You will also learn how to say that a body part hurts and ask someone if a body part hurts.

Head and Face Vocabulary

  • La tête: head
  • Le visage: face
  • Les yeux: eyes
  • La bouche: mouth
  • Le nez: nose
  • Les oreilles: ears

Sylvie is not feeling well. She tells her doctor: J'ai mal à la tête, meaning, 'I have a headache.' She also explains, J'ai mal aux oreilles, meaning, 'My ears hurt.' She also says J'ai le nez bouché, meaning, 'My nose is stuffed up.'

The doctor can see that Sylvie is sick. He tells her, Vous avez le visage blême, meaning, 'You look pale.' He also notes, Vous avez de petits yeux, meaning, 'You are bleary-eyed.' The doctor wants to examine Sylvie. He tells her, Ouvrez la bouche, meaning, 'Open your mouth.'

The doctor decides that Sylvie has la grippe, the flu.

Body Vocabulary

  • Le corps: body
  • Le bras: arm
  • La main: hand
  • La jambe: leg
  • Le pied: foot
  • La cheville: ankle
  • Le dos: back
  • Le ventre: stomach, belly

The doctor then examines Victor, who is hurting all over after a tough rugby match. Victor tells the doctor: J'ai mal au dos, meaning, 'My back hurts.' He also says, J'ai mal à la cheville, meaning, 'My ankle hurts.'

The doctor asks Victor: Avez-vous mal au ventre?, meaning, 'Does your stomach hurt?' The doctor also asks: Avez-vous mal à la jambe?, meaning, 'Does your leg hurt?' Finally, he asks: Avez-vous mal au pied?, meaning, 'Does your foot hurt?' Victor says that it doesn't hurt.

The doctor thinks that Victor has a cheville tordue, a twisted ankle.

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