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)

 

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Comments

  • sketchymusic  On April 1, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Hi Kaycee! I have really enjoyed learning all of these phrases in sign language! The pictures are great and your descriptions help out greatly. I really look forward to learning more about the subject. It would be so great to be fluent in sign language. It is so sad to think about how few people actually know it and can communicate with the deaf people of the world. I would feel so alienated.

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