How to sign change in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 4)

Definition:

Modify or alter

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you with your palms oriented toward each other. Bring your hands toward each other, while rotating your wrists so that your palms stay oriented toward each other. The sign should end with your hands in contact with your non-dominant hand closer to you.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for change
Bring your thumb towards the tips of your fingers as if pinching, with the other fingers curled into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for change
Bring your thumb towards the tips of your fingers as if pinching, with the other fingers curled into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 4)

Definition:

Alter or modify

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hands in front of you, oriented toward each other, and your hands diagonally touching each other. Rotate your wrists, keeping your palms oriented toward each other, and ending with your dominant hand oriented toward yourself and your non-dominant hand oriented away from yourself.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for change
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for change
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Sign #3 (3 of 4)

Definition:

Small money denominations

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand slightly above your non-dominant hand, with your hands oriented toward each other. Tap your dominant hand down on your non-dominant hand in a few different places on your palm, mimicking coins being on your hand.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for change
Touch your thumb to the index finger, creating a circle, with the other fingers extended straight up.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for change
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Sign #4 (4 of 4)

Definition:

Make alterations

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hands in front of you, oriented toward each other, and your hands diagonally touching each other. Rotate your wrists, keeping your palms oriented toward each other, and ending with your dominant hand oriented toward yourself and your non-dominant hand oriented away from yourself.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of change

Beginning and End Frames

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for change
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for change
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

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