How to sign sign in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 3)

Definition:

Write name

Sign Instructions:

Both hands begin in front of you with the palm of your non-dominant hand facing up, and your dominant hand above it, with its palm facing down. Bring your dominant hand down to the non-dominant hand until your index and middle fingers make contact with your palm. This sign mimics a pen being placed to a document for a signature.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for sign
Extend your index and middle fingers while keeping them together, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

Sign #2 (2 of 3)

Definition:

Language use

Sign Instructions:

Place both hands in front of you with your palms oriented downwards and your index fingers pointing at each other. Then make a circular motion with each hand in an alternating fashion. This sign mimics hands moving in sign language.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for sign
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for sign
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #3 (3 of 3)

Definition:

Language context

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you. Slightly open and close your hands quickly several times. This sign mimics hands moving in sign language.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for sign
Extend all fingers with a slight curl, resembling the number five.
Dominant Handshape for sign
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for sign
Extend all fingers with a slight curl, resembling the number five.
Non-Dominant Handshape for sign
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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