Name of this body part?

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Name of this body part?

Postby Justeungars » Fri Oct 07, 2022 11:17 pm

Hi! I'm new here. I'll introduce myself briefly, my name is Juan & I'm Spanish.

I speak basic English & French however there are some words/terms I don't know how to say in English & French so I'm here to learn how to speak both English & French fluently as I moved to France earlier this year but there are loads of words I don't know how to say in French!

I know how to say legs and ankles but what is the body part between the legs & ankles?

Also I don't know what that body part is called in French. Between " les jambes/cuisses" et "les chevilles"

I'm asking because a girl I met online has a beautiful tattoo on her ( the body part between her leg and her ankle) so I'd like to give her a compliment but I don't know the translation in French.

I could say " t'as de belles jambes tatouées" or " t'as un beau tatouage aux chevilles" but her tattoo is between her legs & ankles. So what is that body part called in English? And in French? Thanks!
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby Dragon27 » Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:08 am

I don't understand what you mean by "between the leg and the ankle". The ankle is where the leg and the foot meet. Calf, shin? Or just "lower leg" in general. You can go to google images, search for "leg parts" and identify the body part in question.
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby gzt » Sat Oct 08, 2022 10:36 am

Perhaps if you say what you mean in Spanish it'd be clearer. If what you really mean is the part between the thighs and ankles, that would be the calf.

Body parts are always hard, it's one of those things native speakers know much better than learners...
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby badger » Sat Oct 08, 2022 11:00 am

gzt wrote:... it's one of those things native speakers know much better than learners...

don't native speakers know *everything* better than learners ?
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby gzt » Sat Oct 08, 2022 12:04 pm

But do they know everything much better?

A note for the OP I forgot to include in my first post: in English, leg refers to the whole limb.
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby badger » Sat Oct 08, 2022 1:04 pm

gzt wrote:But do they know everything much better?.

what's the word for that thing between "almost certainly" and "absolutely completely definitely" ?

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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby snoopy » Sat Oct 08, 2022 1:26 pm

badger wrote:don't native speakers know *everything* better than learners ?


From my experience, learners are often better at explaining grammar terms that native speakers take for granted, take grammatical cases for example.

Justeungars wrote:I could say " t'as de belles jambes tatouées" or " t'as un beau tatouage aux chevilles" but her tattoo is between her legs & ankles. So what is that body part called in English? And in French? Thanks!


Maybe you could mark the tattoo place on a picture of a leg and post it here? This way we could all be sure we are talking about the same thing
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby guyome » Sat Oct 08, 2022 1:28 pm

Justeungars wrote:Also I don't know what that body part is called in French. Between " les jambes/cuisses" et "les chevilles"
"mollet" (masculine).
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby rdearman » Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:43 pm

Have you considered just saying. "I like your tattoo"?
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Re: Name of this body part?

Postby Justeungars » Thu Nov 17, 2022 8:43 pm

Yes I think what I meant it's the calf. Here's a photo of a tattoo on that specific body part that I'm talking about:

https://tattoofilter.tumblr.com/post/14 ... n-the-left

https://www.patrika.com/health-news/yog ... n-7158689/

So in English it's calf but what about in French? "Mollet" isn't the right translation because that refers to the back of the calf and not the outside of the calf?
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