Monthly Archives: March 2011

Simple Sign Language: Introduction Responses

Now we will look at the responses for the introductory phrases. This phrases could be for answering a question or replying what someone has done.

OK

Simply finger-spell the letter “O” and “K”

 

Thank You

Place your right fingertips against your mouth and move it forward

 

Please

Rub your chest in a circular motion.

 

You’re Welcome

Place your right fingertips  against your mouth move it forward in an arc.

 

My/Name/is…

My: Tap your chest with your right hand.

Name: Finger spell “H” with both hands. Place middle finger of your right “H” across your index finger left “H”.

Is: Place your right little finger against your chin and move it forward.

[Name]: Finger spell your name.

(Images and Information from The Art of Sign Language Phrases by Christopher Brown)

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Simple Sign Language: Introduction Phrases

Today I will show you how to “say” introductory phrases in sign language. These phrases could be used to introduce oneself or start a conversation.

Hello

A simple wave of the hand or a two-finger salute.

 

Good/Morning

First, touch the lips with your right fingers and move them to your left palm. Then place right fingertips in crook of your left arm, raise left arm up in vertical position.

 

Good/Afternoon

First, touch the lips with your right fingers and move them to your left palm. Put left arm in front of your body with your left palm facing down pointing right. Your right forearm, which is facing down,  should rest on your left hand and point slightly upwards.

 

How/are/you/?

How: Curve your hands back to back with fingers pointing down. Then rotate hands inwards and turn the fingers up.

Are: Finger spell the letter “R” from your chin and move it forward.

You: Point right index finger to who you are speaking to.

?: Form question mark in the air with your right index finger.

 

What/is/your/Name/?

What: Draw downward with tip of right index finger on your left palm. Palm should be facing inward.

Is: Place your right little against your chin and move it forward.

Your: Point your right palm forward.

Name: Finger spell “H” with both hands. Place middle finger of your right “H” across your index finger left “H”.

?: Form question mark in the air with your right index finger.

 

(Images and Information from The Art of Sign Language Phrases by Christopher Brown)

 

Simple Sign Language: Alphabet

Today’s post will show you each of the letters of the alphabet. There are not usually used separately but might still be found useful form time to time.

This is the letter A. A closed fist should be made, all finger folded against the palm and the thumb is straight, alongside the index finger.

This is the letter B. To do this, all fingers should be straight and the thumb folded across palm.

This is the letter C. All fingers and the thumb is partially folded. The hand is turn slightly to the left so the viewer can see backward “C” shape formed by thumb and index finger.

To for D, the middle, ring and little fingers should be partially folded. The tip of the thumb should touch the tip of middle finger. Make sure the index finger is straight. The hand should be turned slightly so the viewer can see a “d” shape formed by thumb, middle and index fingers.

To form the letter E, The thumb must be folded across in front of palm but not touching it. All fingers must be partially folded with the tips of index, middle and ring fingers touching the thumb between the knuckle and the tip.

To form F, The tip of index finger should be touching the tip of the thumb. Middle, ring and little fingers should be straight and slightly spread.

To form G, The middle, ring and little fingers are folded down across palm. The thumb is straight but pulled in so that it is in front of the index finger. The index finger is straight and pointing forwards slightly so that it is parallel to the thumb, The thumb and index finger are not touching. The whole hand is turned towards the left and tilted slightly so the thumb and index finger are towards the viewer and pointing up at about 45 degrees.

To form H, The ring and little finger are folded down. The thumb is folded over the ring and little fingers. Index finger and middle finger are straight and together. The hand is tilted over so that the fingers are horizontal and pointing to the left.

To form an I, The index, middle and ring fingers should be folded down. Thumb is folded across index middle and ring fingers. The little finger is straight.

To form J is the same as forming an I but the hand is moved so that little finger draws a “J” shape. The motion is a curve moving forward and then right. The hand turns to the right.

To form K, The ring and little fingers are folded down. Index and middle finger are straight and slightly spread. Thumb is straight and pointing up to the middle finger.

To form L, The middle, ring and little finger are folded down over palm. Index finger and thumb are straight. The thumb is sticking out sideways at 90 degrees to index finger to form “L” shape.

To form M, The little finger is folded. Thumb is folded across to touch little finger. Index, middle and ring fingers are folded down over thumb.

Similar to M, N is formed by folding the little and ring finger. Thumb is folded across ring and little finger. Index finger and middle finger are folded down over thumb.

To form O, All the fingers are partially folded. The thumb is partially folded and tip of thumb is touching tip of index finger. The hand is turned slightly so viewer can see “O” shape formed by thumb and index finger.

To form P, The ring and little finger are folded down, leaving the index finger is straight. The middle finger is straight but pointing forward so that is at 90 degrees to index finger. Tip of thumb is touching middle of middle finger. Hand is turned to the left and twisted over so that index finger is horizontal and middle finger is pointing down. Viewer can vaguely see a “P” shape formed by middle finger and thumb.

To form Q, The ring and little fingers are folded down across palm. The thumb is straight but pulled in so that it is in front of the index finger. The index finger is straight and pointing forwards slightly so that it is parallel to the thumb. The index finger and thumb are not touching. The Middle finger is bent down and across to the right of the thumb (This may be difficult to do). The whole hand is turned towards the left and tilted so the thumb and index finger are towards the viewer and pointing almost straight down.

To form R, The ring and little fingers are folded against the palm, held down by the thumb, The index and middle finger are straight and crossed with the index finger in front.

To form S, Clench your hand into a fist. All fingers should be folded tightly into the palm. The thumb is across index and middle fingers.

To form T, The middle, ring and little fingers are fold down across palm. The thumb is folded across middle finger. Index finger is folded over thumb.

To form U, The ring and little finger should be folded against the palm, held down by the thumb The index and middle finger are straight and together.

Similar to forming U, Forming V has you folding the Ring and little finger against the palm, held down by thumb. The index and middle finger are straight and spread to form a “V” shape.

To form W, The tip of little finger is touching tip of thumb. The index, middle and ring fingers are straight and slightly spread like a “W”.

To form X, The middle, ring and little fingers are folded down. The index finger is bent at both joints. Thumb is pulled in and slightly bent at the joint. The hand is turned to the left so view can see thumb and index finger.

To form Y, The index, middle and ring ringers are folded against the palm. The little finger and thumb are straight and spread wide.

Finally to form Z, The middle, ring and little fingers are folded. Thumb is folded across middle and ring fingers. Index finger is straight. The hand is moved so that the tip of index finger draws out a “Z” shape. The motion is in 3 steps: from right to left, from left to right and forward, and from right to left.

Images of Sign Language Alphabet Diagram are from (http://www.medword.com/asl.html)

Information of Sign Language Alphebet Description from (http://www.deafblind.com/asl.html)