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The majority of people prefer to use their right hand for controlled activities.  "Handedness" is found in every culture, including Deaf culture.

Be careful to use your own dominant hand when trying to copy someone else's signing.

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\ffff
__ll  [+] . iv = hungry

\ffff = C handshape (four fingers together and bent, thumb bent)

[+] = hand on chest

__ll = palm facing in

. iv = move hand down



cllll (_\)
\l\ [+]   . q< = lie

cllll = bent-B handshape (four fingers together and bent, thumb spread out)

(_\) [+] = hand on chin

\l\ = palm facing nondom side

. q< = move hand with palm facing (nondom side)



\ffnn  rffnn
l__l    . D     = no

\ffnn = bent-N handshape (two fingers together and bent, thumb bent)

l__l = palm facing out

. rffnn = closed-N handshape (two fingers together and bent, first finger touching thumb)



A \ululull
A \_lul\   . A \l\ Z = finished

A \ululull = open-C handshape

A \_lul\ = nondom and dominant palms facing up

. A \l\ = twist at wrists until nondom palm facing dominant side, dominant palm facing nondom side

Z = repeat movement (shake hands several times)



\ululull
\_ll\   . \l\ Z = finished (one-handed version)


\ulululll = open-C handshape

\_ll\ = palm facing up

. \l\ = twist wrist until palm facing nondom side

Z = repeat movement (shake hand several times)



_nnnl
l__l   . q> . q< = same as the other

_nnnl = Y handshape

l__l = palm facing out

. q> = move hand dominant side

. q< = return hand back to starting position



_ffff
__ll . [+] = have

_ffff = bent-B handshape

__ll = palm facing in

. [+] = move hand onto body



A innnn
S \l\     . #q< = with

A innnn = A handshape

S \n\ = nondom palm facing dominant side, dominant palm facing nondom side

. #<q = move dominant hand to touch nondom-hand in same direction as the dominant-hand palm facing



\ululull
\l\       . [+] Z = fine, alright

\ululull = open-C handshape

\l\ = palm facing nondom side

[+] = move hand onto body

Z = repeat movement (tap body several times)



\ululull
\l\       . [+] ~ = fancy, cool

\ululull = open-C handshape

\l\ = palm facing nondom side

. [+] = move hand onto body

~ = wiggle fingers

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