How to sign ocean in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands next to each other in front of you with your palms oriented away from yourself. Move your hands away from yourself, while slightly bending your wrists forward and back as your hands move forward.

Videos

Example Video

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of ocean

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of ocean

End of Sign

Final Frame of ocean

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for ocean
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the tip of your index finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for ocean
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the tip of your index finger.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands next to each other in front of you with your palms oriented down. Move your hands slightly up then down a couple of times as your hands move forward, mimicking ocean waves.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of ocean

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of ocean

End of Sign

Final Frame of ocean

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for ocean
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for ocean
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

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