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Useful French Vocabulary – The head and face Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Culture, Vocabulary

Idioms and other non-literal expressions can make learning another language more difficult. If you have the right attitude though, they can also make it more fun, they can help you learn useful vocabulary, and incorporating them into your everyday speech can help you sound more like a native. This week we’ll look at a number of French expressions related to la tête et le visage (the head and the face).

Les parties de la tête et du visageThe parts of the head and the face

les cheveux (hair), les yeux (un oeil) (eyes/eye), les oreilles (une oreille) (ears/ear), le nez (nose), la bouche (mouth), le menton (chin)


Des expressions utilesUseful expressions 

 Avoir mal aux cheveux
To have a headache, usually from a hang-over (lit. that have
 Faire la tête
To pout
 Coûter les yeux de la tête
To be expensive (lit. to cost the eyes of the head)
 Mon œil
I doubt it (lit. my eye)
 À l’œil
For free (lit. to the eye)
ter aux yeux
To be obvious (lit. to jump to the eyes)
 Avoir un œil au beurre noir
To have a black eye (lit. to have an eye au black butter)
 Les doigts dans le nez
Something easy, anyone can do it (lit. fingers in the nose)
 Avoir la moutarde qui monte au nez
To get angry, something that makes you mad (lit. to have mustard going up your nose)
 Avoir une dent contre quelqu’un
To have a problem with some/to hold something against someone (lit. to have a tooth against someone)
 Avoir l’eau à la bouche
To drool over something, to want something (lit. to have water in the mouth)
 Dormir sur les deux oreilles
To sleep soundly (lit. to sleep on both ears)
Casser les oreilles
To be too loud, to talk too much (lit. to break the ears)

Photo credit: Photo of la jeune femme free stock photo from [CC0 license]; photo of le jeune homme by Simon Robben, also from [CC0 license].

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About the Author: Tim Hildreth

Since my first trip to France at 16, I have been a passionate francophile. I love the language, food, music, art, people, and more that make France and la Francophonie in general such an amazing part of our global community. Having lived in France and studied the language and culture for over 35 years, it is my great pleasure to be able to share a little bit of my deep love with you through this blog.