Even among Jews who exchanged Yiddish for English generations ago, certain Yiddish words have remained—notably the Yiddish names for body parts used with small children. Below are the basic terms you need to know to sound like an authentic Yiddishe Mama (or Papa). Like in English, when addressing small children, Yiddish speakers often modify terms to a diminutive form. For your convenience, we’ll include them as well. You will also find the plural form for any limbs that people have two (or more) of.

Singular: kop קאפ

Dimunitive: kepeleh קעפעלע

Face

Singular: ponim פנים

Dimunitive: penimel פנימ'ל

Eye

Singular: oyg אויג

Plural: oygen אויגן

Diminutive: oygeleh אויגעלע

Plural diminutive: oygelakh אויגעלאך

Mouth

Moyl מויל

Nose

Singular: noz נאז

Diminutive: nezeleh נעזעלע

Ear

Singular: oyer (alt: ever) אויער

Plural: oyeren (alt: everen) אויערן

Diminutive: oyerel (alt: everel) עויערל

Plural diminutive: oyerlakh (alt: everlakh) אויערלאך

Cheeks

Singular: bak באק

Plural: baken באקן

Diminutive: bekeleh בעקעלע

Plural diminutive: bekelakh בעקעלאך

Hand (or Arm)

Singular: hant האנט

Plural: hent הענט

Diminutive: henteleh הענטעלע

Plural diminutive: hentelakh הענטעלאך

Singular: Foos פוס

Plural: Fees פיס

Diminutive: Feeseleh פיסעלע

Plural diminutive: Feeselakh פיסעלאך

Belly

Singular: Boykh בויך

Diminutive: Bykheleh בייכעלע

Singular: Pupik פופיק

Diminutive: Pupikel פופיקל

Knees

Singular: Knee (yes, you pronounce the k) קני

Plural: Knee-en קניען

Diminutive: Knee-eleh קניעלע

Plural diminutive: Knee-elakh קניעלאך

Hair

Singular: Hor האר

Diminutive: Horeleh הארעלע

Plural diminutive: Horelakh הארעלאך

Forehead

Shtern שטערן

Beard

Bord בארד