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)

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Comments

  • danio13  On March 5, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Tried to arrange the pictures for post but it keeps messing up.

  • Sonya  On April 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Kaycee, I’ve always been interested in the concept of sign language and was looking forward to checking out your blog.
    You should add some video clips of sign language phrases because although pictures do help in learning, continuous motion picture would help a lot more with clarifying how to make certain gestures and whatnot. Also I recommend visually emphasizing the sub-headings more so that the visitor can more easily scan your information. Adjusting the formatting of your paragraphs so that they are not aligned in the center would help, too. Stick with consistent alignment of paragraphs. Other than that, I think you have thorough and interesting content for visitors to learn and enjoy.
    Good luck with the rest of your blog posts!
    -Sonya

  • Emily Pich  On April 23, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Great image use, but again you seem to be having problems with your coding. Is there any way you could possibly switch to HTML mode and perhaps copy and paste your text, and then add the images?

    I’ve been interested in sign language for a while, and I guess I’ve always been curious how much the actual ‘letters’ are used in the language. It was the first I was taught as a child.

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