How to sign lightning in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)

Sign Instructions:

Mimic lightning striking the ground by beginning with your index finger in an elevated position, then moving it slightly to the side, then down.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of lightning

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of lightning

End of Sign

Final Frame of lightning

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

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