Learn 33 Basic Spanish Body Parts from Head to Toe

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NOTE! This blog post covers the vocabulary and grammar from different levels (2 and 5) of our COMBI Spanish course. Here we have grouped them together to cover the topic “Body parts in Spanish” more comprehensively.

15 Human Body Parts in Spanish


el cuerpo humano

human body

la cabeza


el cuello


el hombro


el pecho


el codo


el brazo


la muñeca


la mano


el dedo


la pierna


la rodilla


el tobillo


el pie


la espalda


el culo


5 Parts of the Face in Spanish


el pelo


el ojo/los ojos


la oreja/las orejas


la nariz


la boca



13 Internal Body Organs in Spanish


el estómago


el cerebro


el hígado


el intestino


los pulmones


los huesos


la piel


el oído

(inner) ear

la lengua


la garganta


los riñones


la vejiga


el corazón


Spanish Grammar Rules Related to Body Parts


There are masculine and feminine body parts.


el cuello

la cabeza

el dedo

la rodilla

el brazo

la pierna

el codo

la muñeca

el hombro

la mano

el pecho

la espalda

el culo

el pie

el tobillo

Adjectives agree with the noun:

El cuello largo. El dedo pequeño.

La pierna larga. La cabeza pequeña.

But there are also invariable adjectives:

El brazo fuerte. El hombro grande.
La espalda fuerte. La mano grande.

In Spanish, we use the verbs tener and ser to describe physical appearance:

Tener + number/noun

Proftrox tiene el pelo corto y liso.

Él tiene tres ojos negros.

Doctrex tiene el pelo largo y liso.

Ella tiene cuatro orejas azules.

Ser + adjective

Él es pelirrojo.

Ella es rubia.


In Spanish, nouns and adjectives are masculine and feminine.


el pelo corto

la nariz pequeña

el ojo negro

la oreja roja

la boca grande


There are invariant adjectives. That means they don’t change to masculine or feminine (grande, azul, verde, marrón): 

El ojo grande. El pelo azul. El ojo verde.
La nariz grande. La boca azul. La oreja verde.


We use this verb to talk about symptoms. 

The verb DOLER is irregular. It is conjugated like the verb GUSTAR and APETECER. Look:

TENER dolor de

We also use this verb to talk about symptoms. See the conjugation:


Don’t write the article:

Tengo dolor de el oído.
– Mis hijos tienen dolor de la espalda porque hacen mucho deporte.


Don’t write the article:

Tengo dolor de el oído.
Mis hijos tienen dolor de la espalda porque hacen mucho deporte.

Spanish Expressions with Body Parts

Idioms with Body Parts


Al mal tiempo, buena cara.

Hoy estoy triste. Pero al mal tiempo, buena cara.

You have to look on the bright side. (or: If life gives you lemons, make a lemonade.)

It means that when there is a negative situation we have to be positive.


No pegar ojo.

El bebé llora mucho. No pegamos ojo.

To not sleep a wink (to not get any sleep).

It means that a person has not rested.


Hacerse la boca agua.

¡La comida huele muy bien! Se me hace la boca agua.

My mouth is watering.

We use this expression to say that we really like the food and we feel like eating it.


Estar hasta las narices.

¡Estoy hasta las narices! ¡Eres un inmaduro!

To be be fed up of something or someone; to be sick of doing [smth] or someone.

We use this expression to indicate that we are tired of a situation.


Estar con el agua al cuello.
Tiene muchas deudas y está con el agua al cuello.

To be in it up to one’s neck.

It means that a person does not have enough money to pay his or her debts.


Hablar por los codos.

Luca es muy hablador, ¡habla por los codos!

Talk a blue streak; ​​to be a chatterbox.

It means that a person talks a lot.


Echarle una mano (a alguien).

Tengo muchos problemas con las Matemáticas, ¿me echas una mano?

To lend a hand to someone, to help somebody out.

We use this expression to ask/offer help to someone.


Culo veo, culo quiero.

Siempre compras la ropa igual que yo. Culo veo, culo quiero.

Monkey see, monkey do;
all I want is all I see.

It means that a person wants something because someone else does.

Partirse el culo.

Inés es muy simpática, me parto el culo con ella.

Laughing my freaking ass off; laughing out loud.

We use this expression to say that a person makes us laugh a lot.


Levantarse con mal pie / con el pie izquierdo.

¡Nada me sale bien hoy! Creo que me he levantado con mal pie / Creo que me he levantado con el pie izquierdo.

To wake up with the wrong foot; to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

It means that a person is not having a good day.


No dar pie con bola.

Estoy muy cansada. Hoy no doy pie con bola.

Can’t seem to get anything right.

We use this expression to say that a person is not doing things right because he/she is tired or not concentrating.


¡El español de la calle! Rude Expressions with Body Parts


Importar un coño.

Eso no es importante. Me importa un coño.

Don’t give a shit / fuck.
It means somebody doesn't care about something or someone at all. 

Estar hasta el coño / los cojones.

Lidia está hasta el coño de su trabajo.
Mario está hasta los cojones de su trabajo.


To be pissed off with something; To be fed up to the back teeth with something.

It means that a person is very tired of a situation.

Tocarse el coño / los cojones.

Mi compañera tiene mucho trabajo pero se toca el coño.
Mi compañero tiene mucho trabajo pero se toca los cojones.


Idle; bum around.

It means that a person is not doing anything.

Tocarle los cojones (a alguien).

Lidia está enfadada, no le toques los cojones.

Get in somebody’s face; get on somebody’s nerves; piss somebody off.

It means that one person annoys another.

No salirle de los cojones (a alguien).

No me sale de los cojones ayudar a Maribel. No quiero.

Say what one damn like.

We use this expression as an argument to say that we do not want to do something.

Importarle tres cojones (algo a alguien).

Tus problemas me importan tres cojones. No quiero escuchar tus problemas.

Don’t give a shit / fuck.

It means that something does not matter at all.

Ser la polla.

¡Esta película es la polla! ¡Me encanta!
¡Esta situación es la polla! Trabajo horas y cobro 800€ al mes.

To be awesome/exceptional.

It means that something is very good or surprising.

How Do You Remember Body Parts in Spanish?

Using lists to learn and retain vocabulary is an outdated method. We learn vocabulary through context. Whenever a new word is used in a context you know or find interesting, you are more likely to remember it. Simple phrases or dialogues that contain several words you’d like to learn work best. 

In the following section, you will find videos that explain the body parts words in Spanish in context of phrases, small stories, and dialogues

When you have to write these words down, you learn them better. You do exactly this in our word writing games.

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¡Practica! - Learning Body Parts in Spanish with Vocabulary Videos, Games & Exercises

¡Practica más! - External Resources to Extend Your Learning

Extensive list of spanish/english body parts divided between body, organs, head & face and skeleton. With audio (pronunciation).

Interactive games with Spanish text and audio (pronunciation). Loads quite slowly but overall it’s quite good. 

Song to learn the Parts of the body in Spanish – for kids.


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