Lesson 9: Upper body parts in Italian


Last Updated on November 14, 2023 by Laura Teso

If you want to learn how to say some of the upper body parts in Italian (parti superiori del corpo) you are in the right place. I took as a reference the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci to show you the different upper body parts. In order to help you, I also attached an audio file (you can find it below the picture) in which you can hear the Italian pronunciation of each part.

Upper body parts in Italian

Upper body parts in Italian, pic by commons.wikimedia.org
Upper body parts in Italian, pic by commons.wikimedia.org

Starting from the upper right part of the painting you find:

Head = la testa (feminine).

Eye = l’occhio/gli occhi (both masculine).

Even if they are hidden by hair Mona Lisa must have ears somewhere. Ear = l’ orecchio (masculine)/ le orecchie (feminine).

Neck is il collo (masculine).

Hair is i capelli (masculine). A single hair is capello, but normally we say capelli. For example: “Che bei capelli!” (What a beautiful hair).

Shoulder is la spalla/le spalle (both feminine).

Chest is il petto, breast is il seno (both masculine).

Hand is la mano/le mani (both feminine).

Finger is il dito (masculine)/le dita (feminine).

Arm is il braccio (masculine)/le braccia (feminine).

Mouth is la bocca (feminine).

Nose is il naso (masculine).

Forhead is la fronte (feminine).

I forgot to insert in the picture (but in the audio file you can find them too):

Chin = il mento (masculine). Cheek = la guancia/le guance (both feminine). Eyebrows = le sopracciglia (plural feminine).


Now, if you want you can play the audio file to hear the correct pronunciation of the upper body parts in Italian. I know, the file is a bit long but I had many things to tell you. I hope you will be patient and listen. Enjoy and practice!

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