Our body goes with us wherever we go. How could we try to learn a language and forget about the body? That is why one of the English lessons that we consider very useful is that of the body parts. On more than one occasion, you will need to accurately describe pain or discomfort. It is also important to know the correct pronunciation so that the people you are speaking to will know what you are talking about.
In this blog post, we have compiled the most important body parts with their pronunciation. We have also included a practical example that will help you to memorize them all simply. We recommend that you read this article and perform some additional practice exercises to make sure that you learn all of the vocabulary and the correct pronunciation. Let’s begin!
The Basic and the Visible
Let’s begin with the body parts that we all learned at school when we were young. You surely already know some of the following in English.
Face is pronounced /feɪs/.
Your face is all red.
Eyes is pronounced /aɪs/.
Her eyes are beautiful.
Ears is pronounced /ɪrs/.
My ears hurt.
Mouth is pronounced /maʊθ/.
Sara says her mouth is dry.
Nose is pronounced /noʊz/.
I got stung by a bee on the nose.
If you already knew more than two of the words from the previous list, then the extremities will definitely not be a challenge. Apart from the basic words, we have included some others that are not so obvious.
Arms is pronounced /ɑːrms/.
She crossed her arms.
Legs is pronounced /leɡs/.
I ran a lot; now I can’t feel my legs.
Feet is pronounced /fiːt/, but remember that this is an irregular plural. So, if you would like to use the singular, you should use foot which is pronounced /fʊt/.
I have big feet.
My right foot is swollen.
Wrist is pronounced /rɪst/.
My wrists hurt.
Ankle is pronounced /ˈæŋ.kəl/.
I twisted my ankle last week.
The Internal Organs
These words are also essential when at a doctor’s appointment or even when you simply feel a bit of discomfort. That is why it is important that you know them well so that you can correctly express what you are feeling.
Heart is pronounced /hɑːrt/.
My heart is pounding.
Stomach is pronounced /ˈstʌm.ək/
I have a stomach ache.
Lungs is pronounced /lʌŋ/.
Smoking is bad for your lungs.
Kidney is pronounced /ˈkɪd.ni/.
Drinking water is good for your kidneys.
Liver is pronounced /ˈlɪv.ɚ/.
You have an enlarged liver.
Brain is pronounced /breɪn/.
My brain stores a lot of information.
As you can see, this list has not been exhaustive, since our body has many parts. But the vocabulary you have learned in this article will be extremely useful on a day-to-day basis.
Now, if you are interested in further enriching your vocabulary, it would be a good idea to dedicate some time every day to learning English. You can learn its vocabulary and its grammar as well as developing communication skills. How about trying out the online English course from ABA English? This course offers 144 free video classes and the same number of short films to allow you to learn all of the English elements you will need to communicate on a daily basis.