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Human body words in spoken Chinese

Andrea Wang 19th March 2016

1.  头 tóu (head)

2.  头发 tóu fɑ (hair) 

3.  眉毛 méi mɑo(eyebrow)

4.  眼睛 yǎn jīnɡ (eye)

5.  鼻子 bí zi  (nose)

6.  耳朵 ěr duo  (ear)

7.  嘴巴 zuǐ bɑ ( mouth)

8.  牙 (齿)yá ( chǐ )( tooth)

9.  舌头 shé tou( tongue)

10.  下巴 xià ba   (chin)

11.  脸 liǎn ( face)

12.  脖子 bó zi ( neck)

13.  肩膀 jiān bǎnɡ ( shoulder )

14.  胳膊 ɡē bo ( arm)

15.  手 shǒu ( hand)

16.  背 bèi ( back)

17.  胸 xiōnɡ ( chest; breast)

18.  奶 nǎi ( breast)

19.  腰 yāo  (waist)

20.  肚子 dù zi ( tummy)

21.  屁股 pì ɡu ( butt)

22.  大腿 dà tuǐ ( thigh)

23.  小腿 xiǎo tuǐ ( lower leg)

24.  脚 jiǎo ( foot)

What are others saying?

Damon Skinner 29 March 2017

Is nai3 the everyday way to refer to a woman's breasts? I've heard mimi before and wasn't sure :P

Andrea Wang 29 March 2017

Right, but girls always say "胸" instead of it, because it sounds too direct. Nipple is "奶头",and babies sometimes say to their mother "我要摸你的奶。" which is really funny. Mother's milk is also "奶". "mi mi" is from Cantonese.

Damon Skinner 30 March 2017

Ah, xiong. I guess it's the same as English the way we might refer to a woman's chest instead of her boobs. *ahem*

Andrea Wang 30 March 2017


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