ASL Signs For Everyday Use — Family

asl sign for mom

Mom

The sign “Mom” is made by placing the thumb of your open hand against your chin.
 
Here’s how:
1. Open your hand so all fingers are spread.
2. Touch your thumb to your chin.

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asl sign for dad

Dad

The sign “Dad” is made by placing the thumb of your hand against your forehead.
 
Here’s how:
1. Using an open hand, touch the thumb to the forehead.
2. Move the hand out an inch, then touch the thumb to the forehead again.

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asl sign for sister

Sister

The sign “sister” is basically a combination of the signs “GIRL” and “RIGHT”.
 
Here’s how:
1. The dominant hand of “SISTER” starts with somewhat of an “L” handshape, but with the thumb nearly touching the pointer finger, held level with your chin.
2. The non-dominant hand will be in an “index finger / G” shape, held level with the stomach.
2. Move the dominant hand near the chin down to meet the stationary hand (at the stomach).

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asl sign for brother

Brother

The sign for “brother” is an L-shaped hand motion from your forehead toward your chest.
 
Here’s how:
1. With each of your hands, make an “L-shape” with your thumb and index finger extended, holding your non-dominant hand down by your chest..
2. Using your other hand (dominant hand) and starting at the forehead, bring it hand down toward your chest, meeting your non-dominant hand.

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asl sign for grandma

Grandma

The sign “grandma” is made by touching your chin with the thumb of your dominant hand, as when signing “mother” but with two arches.
 
Here’s how:
1. With an open hand, touch your chin with the thumb of your dominant hand.
2. Move your open hand forward in two small arches.

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asl sign for grandpa

Grandpa

The sign “grandpa” is made by touching your forehead with the thumb of your dominant hand, as when signing “father” but with two arches.
 
Here’s how:
1. With an open hand, touch your forehead with the thumb of your dominant hand.
2. Move your open hand forward in two small arches.

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