The Body in Italian
After this lesson you’ll know the parts of the body in Italian as well as how to describe some minor ailments.
Listen to the audio and follow the pronunciation, and when you’re ready, practice saying the Italian words aloud. I hope you don’t need to use it, but you’ll also learn how to say "Sono malato" in Italian – just in case!
Just as everything else in Italian, body parts are either feminine or masculine, which affects how you would describe them! Look at the following gender clues in both singular and plural forms:
Resources for further reading:
Talking about the body in Italian
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When a word begins with “Il”, it means it falls into the masculine group of words, and when it begins with “La”, it’s feminine. If the word is a plural then it begins with "Le" if it refers to a feminine noun, and either with "Gli" or "I" if it's a masculine word. Thus "la mano" becomes "le mani" and "il piede" becomes "i piedi".
Describing pain in Italian
When describing physical pain in Italian, its useful to know a few expressions that might get you some help when you need it!
I am sick
Malore / dolore
Pain / Ache
Io ho mal di testa
I have a headache
Io ho mal di schiena
I have a back ache
Io ho mal di stomaco
I have a stomach ache
That's it for this lesson! Here are a few recommended Italian lessons to try next!
- How do you describe yourself in Italian? It's easy with this lesson!
- What about describing other people in Italian? Check this Italian lesson out.
- This lesson is all about describing your face in Italian.
Maria DiLorenzi and the Rocket Italian Team
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