How to sign shame in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand to the side of your cheek with your fingers bent down and the back of your fingers against your cheek. Then, straighten out your fingers while moving your hand slightly forward.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of shame

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of shame

End of Sign

Final Frame of shame

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shame
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.
Dominant Handshape for shame
Extend your thumb outwards at a 90-degree angle, bend the other fingers at the knuckles, keeping them at a 90-degree angle to the palm.

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