On International Day of Sign Language, we thought it would be pretty cool to learn a few basic signs for words like: “sorry”, “thank you”, and “I love you”. Learn the alphabet and important one-word signs that will enable you to communicate easier. It’s also pretty interesting and just fun to know.
By Mariam Elhamy
Let’s start off with the alphabet:
If you don’t know the sign for a specific word or want to spell out a name, you can use fingerspelling with this alphabet to easily spell out any word you want to say.
Here are a few basic questions you can ask with one sign:
Some words that will help you in general communication with a deaf person:
And, here are the family members in sign language:
In total, there are 26 different hand signs that you need to learn if you want to master sign language. That doesn’t seem like too big of a number, does it?
Facial expressions are also very important when doing sign language because they explain the intensity of the phrase that you’re signing.