How to sign afraid in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in an "A" handshape and your palms oriented towards yourself. Then bring both hands towards each other in front of you, with your dominant hand ending above your non-dominant hand. Both hands should change to a "5" handshape.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for afraid
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for afraid
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for afraid
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Non-Dominant Handshape for afraid
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Sense of danger

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands oriented toward your chest with your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand. Then, move both hands to the inside a couple of times.

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Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of afraid

End of Sign

Final Frame of afraid

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for afraid
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for afraid
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

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