Hand Word Spelling


ASLSJ only uses the English alphabet.  So it can be typed on any standard English keyboard.  It can also be used in closed-captioning, text messaging, Braille, or anywhere else.

Many ASL words can be signed with one hand or two hands.  In ASL poetry, the handshapes may be changed to fit a pattern.


lbi-m = me
lb = bent-1 handshape (first finger bent)
i = palm facing in
-m = move hand onto chest

cbdd-srldd = activity; doing
cb = bent-C (four fingers and thumb spread apart and bent)
dd = base and wide palms facing down
-srldd = move base hand to base side, wide hand to wide side, both circling downward

cbd-rld = activity; doing (one-handed)
cb = bent-C (four fingers and thumb spread apart and bent)
d = palm facing down
-r = move hand to wide side, circling downward

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