How to sign stroke in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Tap the side of your forehead with your index finger, then move your dominant hand down while changing it to an "S" handshape and place your dominant hand under the palm side of your non-dominant hand.

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Beginning of Sign

First Frame of stroke

End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for stroke
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for stroke
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 stroke
Create a 'C' shape with your fingers, extending the thumb outwards from the fingers as if giving a sideways thumbs-up.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin your hand horizontally in front of the top of your head with your fingers pointing at your head. Then, move your hand down in front of the middle of your head.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of stroke

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of stroke

End of Sign

Final Frame of stroke

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for stroke
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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