With our Method of madness next time you see your Spanish crush you will finally be able to give them proper compliments the parts of the Head and Face in Spanish will come to your mind as quick as they do in english.
METHOD TO THE MADNESS: I once read a book that said, if you want something to stick in your memory then make it as outlandish as possible. Then make it as vivid, in your mind, as you can. The more peculiar, the likelier you are to remember. With that being said, enjoy memorizing these new Spanish words with the help of some outlandish mnemonics ::EVIL LAUGH:: Muajajaja
As mad as it sounds, you have two options. You can repeat these strange descriptions over to yourself until you have the word memorized. OR you can make up your own ridiculous but memorable mnemonics. Both choices should take you the same amount of time, and earn you the same stellar results.
HEAD and FACE in Spanish: LA CABEZA // LA CARA
SKULL = EL CRÁNEO
The Spanish word ‘CRÁNEO’ can be linked to the Latin root prefix, ‘CRANI- ’ which pertains to the SKULL.
A useful example of this prefix in action is the word CRANIAL. CRANIAL is a word that modifies to express a relation to the SKULL. As in, after a few scans, we were able to notice some damage to his CRANIAL nerves.
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CRÁNEO:
The best part of the SKULL is the CRANIUM (CRÁNEO), the part that encloses the brain.
HAIR = EL PELO
The Spanish word ‘PELO’ can be linked to the Latin root prefix, ‘CEPILL-’ which pertains to the HAIR.
A useful example of this prefix in action is how it forms the Spanish verb CEPILLAR which means to BRUSH HAIR.
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PELO:
She combs her HAIR so much it is starting to break, it is always on her PILLOW (PELO)
HEAD = LA CABEZA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CABEZA:
My best friend is called EZA. When EZA gets drunk, she loses her HEAD. SO when we go out we have to tell her, take a CAB EZA!
FOREHEAD = LA FRENTE
(MNEMONIC) How to remember FRENTE:
You only have to remember the word FRONT. The FRONT (FRENTE) of your HEAD is your FOREHEAD. Latin speakers would agree with you.
EYEBROW = LA CEJA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CEJA:
The dentist with the bushy EYEBROWS is always making me SAY AH! (CE- JA)
EYELID = EL PÁRPADO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PÁRPADO:
Give me the PROPER DOSE (PÁRPADO) for my EYELID infection.
EYE = EL OJO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember OJO:
I can always tell something is wrong when you look so bug EYEd. It is like, OH!OH! (OJO) He did something wrong again.
PUPIL = LA PUPILA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PUPILA:
I really don’t like wearing contacts. I poked my pupil-AH!! (There you go, PUPILA)
EAR = LA OREJA
The Spanish word ‘OREJA’ can be linked to the Latin root prefix, ‘AUR- ’ which pertains to the EAR.
A useful example of this prefix in action is the word AURAL. AURAL is a word that modifies to express a relation to the AURAL. As in, when you go get your ears checked, you are having an AURAL examination.
(MNEMONIC) How to remember OREJA:
How does he know everything we talk about? He is either nosy, OR HEy HAS (OREJA) excellent ears.
EYELASHES = LAS PESTAÑAS
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PESTAÑAS:
ANA, my girlfriend is always applying makeup to her EYELASHES. It takes us forever to leave the house. What a PEST ANA IS (PESTAÑA)
CHEEK = LA MEJILLA
NOSE = LA NARIZ
(MNEMONIC) How to remember NARIZ:
NOTE: I think it is cool that to say BLOW ONE’S NOSE, in Spanish, they say SONAR LA NARIZ. Which more directly translates to English as SOUND THE NOSE! As if it were a trumpet or something. Come to think of it, it does sound like a marching band when I have a cold. SONARSE LA NARIZ!
His NOSE was blocked, he could NOT BREATHE (NARIZ)
NOSTRILS = FOSAS NASALES (Used in Spain)
(MNEMONIC) How to remember FOSAS NASALES:
NOTE: The English translation of the word FOSA is a PIT/GRAVE/DITCH.
NASAL is pretty self-explanatory, except the Spanish are obsessed with matching the number of nouns to their adjective counterpart. Just like blue cars, are coches azules; nose pits/graves/ditches are FOSAS NASALES.
I imagine that the study of how hard we a blow snot from our NOSTRILS would be called a FORCE ANALYSIS (FOSAS NASALES)
NOSTRILS = LAS VENTANAS DE LA NARIZ (Common in Latin America)
(MNEMONIC) How to remember LAS VENTANAS DE LA NARIZ:
NOTE: This one is pretty intuitive. I love when the Spanish language does this, it paints a direct image which perfectly describes what you are trying to say. In this case, YOU HAVE A NOSE. THEY HAVE WINDOWS (VENTANAS ← in case you didn’t know, are windows)
We call them, NOSTRILS (complicated). The Spanish say THE WINDOWS OF THE NOSE (much simpler).
LIPS = LOS LABIOS
(MNEMONIC) How to remember LABIOS:
Geez! She is really pretty! It is like her LIPS were made in a LAB YO! (LABIOS)
MOUTH = LA BOCA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember BOCA:
If you want to be heard, you need to speak up. Be VOCAL (BOCA). Open your MOUTH.
TEETH = LOS DIENTES
(MNEMONIC) How to remember DIENTES:
You go to the DENTIST to fix your teeth. And right now you have a toothache, might as well head over to the DI-ENTIST. (DIENTES)
TONGUE = LA LENGUA
The Spanish word ‘LENGUA’ can be linked to the Latin root prefix, ‘LINGU- ’ which pertains to the TOUGUE.
A useful example of this prefix in action is the word LINGUISTICS. As is, if I had paid more attention in my LINGUISTICS class perhaps I would be able to understand more tongues of the world.
(MNEMONIC) How to remember LENGUA:
My TONGUE just can’t pronounce the words of that LANGUAGE (LENGUA).
GUMS = LAS ENCÍAS
(MNEMONIC) How to remember ENCÍAS:
NOTE: Encima is a Spanish word that means above. If you look above the teeth, you find the GUMS, or the Spanish ENCIAS.
If you can remember that above means ENCIMA, every time you look at your teeth, you should know what is ABOVE, LAS ENCIAS.
BEARD = LA BARBA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember BARBA:
The best BEARD is shaped by the best BARBER (BARBA).
Phew! That one is easy.
CHIN = LA BARBILLA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember BARBILLA:
You just learned that BARBA is Spanish for BEARD. Especially where can you expect to find a beard? Mine started growing on my CHIN, my BARB-ILLA.
NECK = EL CUELLO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CUELLO:
Everyone knows that the NECK is just a COLUMN underneath the head. And Paul is wearing a CUTE (Will help you remember CU) collar. The rest is up to you YO. CUTE + COLLAR + YO = CUELLO
NAPE = LA NUCA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember NUCA:
NOTE: Hey. I am giving myself a break from this one. I didn’t even know we had an English word for the back of the neck. Well, we do. It is called the nape. And what is the most awesome thing about this nape? It sounds just like its Spanish counterpart!
LA NUCA. THE NAPE. LA NUCA. THE NAPE. LA NUCA! Keep repeating it to yourself, you’ll sound way more intelligent than I do in both Spanish and English.
Ok. Maybe it doesn’t sound exactly the same to you. So let’s try….
If you can tell me what THE BACK OF THE NECK is, then I will buy you a NEW CAR (NUCA)
THROAT = LA GARGANTA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember GARGANTA:
I have a GARGANTUAN (GARGANTA) appetite, good thing my THROAT is not sore anymore.
Remember. GARGANTUAN without JUAN is basically a THROAT (GARGANTA)
JAW = LA MANDÍBULA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember MANDÍBULA:
You would be happy to know that the official term for the JAW BONE is the MANDIBLE (MANDÍBULA). That is how you would refer to the JAW in medical school.
MOUSTACHE = EL BIGOTE
(MNEMONIC) How to remember BIGOTE:
The man with the MOUSTACHE is a BIGOT(E) (BIGOTE)
FRECKLES = LAS PECAS
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PECAS:
I love seeing grandma, she always has such a great smile. You can’t help but PECK HER (PECA) on her lovely bright FRECKLES.
THE CHIN (BONE) = EL MENTÓN
(MNEMONIC) How to remember MENTÓN:
Whatever you do! Do not draw attention or MENTION (MENTÓN) how large his CHIN is.
DIMPLE = EL HOYUELO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember HOYUELO:
If you did not compliment her DIMPLES, it is either that you were blind OR YOU WERE LOW (HOYUELO) on confidence.