How to sign smooth in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand in front of you. Your palms should be slightly oriented up and to the side. Then, move both hands forward while sliding the fingertips of your middle fingers down the bottom of your thumbs.

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for smooth
Touch the tips of your thumb and middle finger together, while extending the other fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for smooth
Touch the tips of your thumb and middle finger together, while extending the other fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand in front of you. Your palms should be slightly oriented up and to the side. Then, move both hands forward while sliding the fingertips of your thumbs past the fingertips of each of your other fingers.

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Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of smooth

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of smooth

End of Sign

Final Frame of smooth

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for smooth
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.
Dominant Handshape for smooth
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for smooth
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.
Non-Dominant Handshape for smooth
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

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