How to sign letter in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 3)

Definition:

Written mail message

Sign Instructions:

Begin with the thumb of your dominant hand against your mouth, then move it down to the palm of your non-dominant hand.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for letter
Make a fist with all fingers folded into the palm, and extend the thumb straight out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

Sign #2 (2 of 3)

Definition:

Alphabet character

Sign Instructions:

With both hands in a vertical position in front of you with your palms oriented away from yourself, tap the thumb of your dominant hand against the index finger of your non-dominant hand a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for letter
Extend your thumb and index finger to form an 'L' shape, with the other fingers curled in.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

Sign #3 (3 of 3)

Definition:

Mail communication

Sign Instructions:

Begin with the thumb of your dominant hand against your mouth, then move it down to the thumb of your non-dominant hand.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of letter

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of letter

End of Sign

Final Frame of letter

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

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