ASL Signs For Everyday Use — Manners

asl sign for hello

Hello

The sign “hello” make the sign by extending your fingers and cross your thumb in front of your palm and extending it outward from the ear.
 
Here’s how:
1. Extend your fingers and cross your thumb in front of your palm.
2. Start with your hand in front of your ear (next to your right eye) and extend it outward and away from your body in a bit of a wave.
 
Smile!! Emotional signs like hello also require body language.

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asl sign for thank you

Thank You

The sign “thank you” is a hand motion from your mouth out toward the person you are thanking.
 
Here’s how:
1. Using a “flat hand,”start with the fingers of your dominant hand near your lips.
2. Move your hand forward and a bit down in the direction of the person you are thanking.

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asl sign for please

Please

The sign “please” is made by placing your flat right hand over the center of your chest.
 
Here’s how:
1. Place your flat right hand over the center of your chest.
2. Rotate your hand on your chest using a couple of clockwise motions (from the observers point of view).

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asl sign for sorry

Sorry

The sign “sorry” is made by forming an “A’ with your right hand.
 
Here’s how:
1. Make the sign “a” with your right hand.
2. Rotate your hand on your chest using a couple of clockwise motions.
 
This sign can be also be used to mean “apologize” or “regret.”

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asl sign for ok

Okay

The sign “ok” is made by forming”O” and then the letter “K.”

Here’s how:
1. Start by making the sign “o” with your right hand.
2. From the “o” shape, extend your pointer and middle finger out to form the “k” shape.
 
Please see the following ASL alphabet chart for an additional resource.

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asl sign for yes

Yes

The sign “yes” uses the “s” hand sign in a nodding motion.
 
Here’s how:
1. Using a fist, start with your thumb curled around the fingers of your fist, raised in front of your chest.
2. Raise and lower your fist, bending at the wrist as if it were nodding “yes“.

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asl sign for no

No

The sign “no” as a command uses the pointer and middle fingers moving onto the thumb in a closing, singular motion.
 
Here’s how:
1. Using a fist, extend your pointer, middle finger and thumb.
2. Lower the pointer and middle finger down to the thumb in one motion.
 
*Other variations of “NO” repeats this motion and ends with a negative hand shake.

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