How to sign understand in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand on your forehead with your palm oriented towards your head. Then change your handshape to a "1" handshape a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for understand
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for understand
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand in front of you and your palm oriented towards yourself. Bring your hand up, changing your hand to a "1" handshape as you move your hand.

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Example Video

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Sequential Image Breakdown

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Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of understand

End of Sign

Final Frame of understand

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for understand
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for understand
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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