How to sign rough in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Place the fingertips of your dominant hand just behind and above the palm of your non-dominant hand. Then, rotate the wrist of your dominant hand forward, with your fingertips making contact with your palm as they pass.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of rough

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of rough

End of Sign

Final Frame of rough

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for rough
Extend all fingers with a very slight curl, keeping them together as if showing the number five.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

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