Face in Japanese

We encounter new faces on a daily basis, from the cashier at the grocery store to the mailman. I’m sure you’d be able to describe all of these people's faces in English, but how about a face in Japanese?

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How to Say "Face" in Japanese

Let's start by learning to say "face" in Japanese:

かお

kao

face

Parts of the Face in Japanese

Learning body parts, especially parts of the face, is very important. If you ever need to go to the doctor or the pharmacy, you’ll need to know what part of the body you’re talking about. That’s why today we’ll be learning about the different parts of the face. Get your (me) " eyes" and みみ (mimi) "ears" ready!

髪の毛

かみのけ

kaminoke

hair (on the head)

me

eye

はな

hana

nose

くち

kuchi

mouth

ha

tooth

した

shita

tongue

ほお

cheek (of a face)

みみ

mimi

ear

まつ毛

まつげ

matsuge

eyelash

眉毛

まゆげ

mayuge

eyebrow

あご

あご

ago

chin

ひげ

hige

moustache / beard

あご鬚

あごひげ

agohige

beard

ひたい

hitai

forehead

あたま

atama

head

How did you do with these new words? Time to rest your あたま (atama) "head" from all the learning! Here’s an idea to help you practice: go look in the mirror and see if you can name all the features of your face in Japanese. I’m sure you’ll have no problem with this lesson under your belt!

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