Notice how, in Hausa, some body parts are incorporated into the names of other body parts.
- Toe (yatsun kafa) = finger of the foot
- Ankle (idon kafa) = eye of the foot
- Elbow (gwiwan hannu) = knee of the hand
- Wrist (wuyan hannu) = neck of the hand
Talking about the body
To talk about your own body use the following formula:
(body part) + na = my (body part)
To talk about someone else’s body use the following formula:
(body part) + (suffix “n”) + pronoun = your/her/his (body part)
My eye = ido na
Your eye = idon ki (feminine)
Your eye = idon ka (masculine)
Her eye = idon ta
His eye = idon shi
Practice using the formula above with each of the body parts listed.