How to sign read in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Point the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand at the palm of your non-dominant hand. Then, move the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand up and down while staying pointed at the palm side of your non-dominant hand. This side mimics eyes reading a page from a book.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of read

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of read

End of Sign

Final Frame of read

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for read
Extend your index and middle fingers straight up, folding the thumb and the other fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

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