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Spanish Essay

  • Submitted by: Harvey02
  • on February 22, 2013
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 446 words

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When you were a young child, it's possible that among the first words taught to you (as opposed to the words you picked up naturally) were the names of the parts of your body. Those words aren't likely the first words you'll need to learn in Spanish, but they're often indispensable.
Names of body parts are used much the same in Spanish as in English — but with one significant difference. In Spanish, names of parts of the body are frequently preceded by the definite article (el, la, los or las, meaning "the") instead of possessive adjectives (such as mifor "my" and tu for "your"). In most cases, the possessive adjective is used only where the context doesn't make clear whose body is being referred to.
Examples: ¡Abre los ojos! (Open your eyes!) ¡Cierrela boca! (Shut your mouth!) Él bajó la cabeza para orar. (He bowed his head to pray.)
The possessive adjective is used when needed to avoid ambiguity.
Examples: Me gustan tus ojos. (I like your eyes.)Acerqué mi mano a su cabeza. (I moved my hand close to his head.)
Although English often omits the definite article when referring to body parts, they are usually retained in Spanish (when a possessive adjective isn't used).
Examples: Tengo el pelo negro. (I have black hair.)Prefiero los ojos verdes. (I prefer green eyes.)
Here are the Spanish words for common body parts:
arm — el brazo
back — la espalda
backbone — la columna vertebral
brain — el cerebro, el seso
breast, chest — el pecho
buttocks — las nalgas
calf — la pantorrilla
ear — el oído, la oreja
elbow — el codo
eye — el ojo
finger — el dedo (See Note 1)
foot — el pie
hair — el pelo
hand — la mano (See Note 2)
head — la cabeza
heart — el corazón
hip — la cadera
intestine — el intestino
knee — la rodilla 
leg — la pierna 
liver — el hígado 
mouth — la boca 
muscle — el músculo 
neck — el cuello (See Note 3) 
nose — la nariz (See Note 3) 
shoulder — el hombro 
skin — la piel 
stomach (abdomen) — el vientre 
stomach (internal organ)...

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