How to sign effort in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands next to each other in front of you, close to your chest, and oriented toward each other. Then, move your hands away from yourself, rotating your wrists out until your hands are oriented away from yourself.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of effort

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of effort

End of Sign

Final Frame of effort

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for effort
Extend all of your fingers, but curl them all in

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for effort
Extend all of your fingers, but curl them all in

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