How to sign listen in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your thumb next to your ear with your index and middle fingers pointing up and your palm oriented forward. Then, bend your index and middle fingers down a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for listen
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers, while folding your ring and pinky fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for listen
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 4)

Definition:

Visual communication

Sign Instructions:

Put the tips of your thumbs underneath your eyes with your palms oriented toward each other. Then, curl your index and middle fingers down in unison a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for listen
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers, while folding your ring and pinky fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for listen
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for listen
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers, while folding your ring and pinky fingers into your palm.
Non-Dominant Handshape for listen
Extend your thumb, index, and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Sign #3 (3 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

With your hand in a vertical position and your wrist slightly tilted back, tap your thumb on your ear a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for listen
Curve all of your fingers to form the shape of the letter 'C'.

Sign #4 (4 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

With your hand in a vertical position and your wrist slightly tilted back, press your thumb on your ear.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for listen
Curve all of your fingers to form the shape of the letter 'C'.

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