We are all familiar with many greek and latin roots whether we know it or not. I will bring up the relevant prefixes/suffixes to help you remember the lower body in Spanish.
So watch out, when you see the tag ‘TEACHABLE MOMENT!,’ it likely means you are going to make a connection that is already familiar to you. Happy Spanish-ing.
Lower Body in Spanish
LEG = LA PIERNA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PIERNA:
As far as LEGS go, I have a very skinny PAIR. NAked (PIERNA), they look like toothpicks.
WAIST = LA CINTURA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CINTURA:
NOTE: The English word CINTURE (CINTURA) refers to a girdle or a BELT. You wear a CINTURE Around you WAIST.
HIP = LA CADERA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CADERA:
The chairs in the CATHEDRAL (CADERA) are uncomfortable, I have to choose between church and my HIP pain.
BUTTOCKS = LAS NALGAS // LOS GLÚTEOS
(MNEMONIC) How to remember NALGAS:
Watch out for his farts. His BUTTOCKS and aNAL GAS seems to be a deadly combo.
GROIN = LA INGLE
(MNEMONIC) How to remember INGLE:
NOTE: An INGUINAL HERNIA occurs when content from the abdomen/intestine begin to protrude, affecting the groin area. They can be caused by pregnancy our overexerting during strenuous activity.
The ANGLE (INGLE) of his INGUINAL HERNIA is particularly problematic. The doctor is ready to operate but is afraid of damaging his GROIN.
THIGH = EL MUSLO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember MUSLO:
Think about the part of your body with the most amount of muscles, your THIGH. Only fitting that the Spanish would name that region of the body after the one thing that most defines it. The are plenty of MUSCLES (MUSLOs) in the THIGH.
Ever since I kicked him in the THIGH, he MOVES SLOW (MUSLO).
KNEE = LA RODILLA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember RODILLA:
NOTE: You should know, the Spanish word for TO ROLL is RODAR. Not too far from the word RODILLA.
The joint between the thigh and the lower leg in humans. It allows the lower leg to ROLL in place. In a sense, it is the ‘ROLLER’ of the leg.
TIP: The Spanish word for a WHEEL, you know, that thing famous for ROLLING is RUEDA.
BACK OF KNEE = LA CORVA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember CORVA:
I am not sure when you will ever have to talk about the BACK OF THE KNEE but if you have to, just think about the shape. It makes a CURVE (CURVA) doesn’t it.
Hey, you have to give the Spanish credit for naming this part of the body, LA CORVA, we get away with saying THE BACK OF THE KNEE.
TIP: Just say you know, the Spanish word for TO CURVE/BEND is enCORVAR. And the word for the noun, CURVE is even easier, it is CURVA. You are welcome, not every time you see a curve you will be thinking of the BACK OF THE KNEE.
CALF = LA PANTORRILLA // EL GEMELO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember GEMELO:
NOTE: The Spanish word for a TWIN is GEMELO. Think about the zodiac sign of the twins, what is it called? GEMINI.
I thought GEMINI was supposed to be gregarious and outgoing. The TWINS are GEMINI but one is MELLOW. (GEMELO)
So how does this all relate to the CALF? Well, we have two of them. They are essentially TWINS.
He finds it difficult to wear PANTS OR REALLY Anything related (PANTORRILLA). His CALVES are too large.
SHINBONE = LA TIBIA
(MNEMONIC) How to remember TIBIA:
The Spanish word for the SHINBONE gets a whole lot easier to remember when you realize that in English we also call it the TIBIA. TIBIA also happens to be the Spanish word for the SHINBONE.
ANKLE = EL TOBILLO
(MNEMONIC) How to remember TOBILLO:
You do not want to get older. I can barely stand or walk without twisting an ANKLE, what I wouldn’t give TO-BE-YOung again.
FOOT = EL PIE
The Spanish word ‘PIE’ can be linked to the Latin root word ‘PES.’ It is where we get the prefix ‘PED-’ which pertains to the FOOT.
A useful example of this prefix in action is the word PEDAL. Still seems like a bit of a stretch to remember the Spanish ‘PIE,’ so let’s see what we can do with our mnemonic.
(MNEMONIC) How to remember PIE:
NOTE: You can keep it simple by imagining the squishy feeling of stepping in PIE, but remember that the pronunciation of ‘PIE’ is not like the desert, it sounds more like ‘PEE-YAY.’
Once a month I like to treat my girlfriend with a spa day. I take her out for a PEDICURE because he loves to take care of her FEET. Then I PAY for PIE, which she loves to.