ASLSJ Direction Letters


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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.  ASLSJ refers to the "wide hand" as your dominant hand: the right hand for right-handed people and the left hand for left-handed people.  The "base hand" is your non-dominant hand.

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

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cazi-d = hungry
ca = C handshape (four fingers together and bent, thumb bent)
z = hand on chest
i = palm facing in
-d = move hand down

bcnzsv = lie
bc = bent-B handshape (four fingers together and bent, thumb spread out)
nz = hand on chin
s = palm facing base side
v = move hand with palm facing (base side)

nbo-al-nc = no
nb = bent-N handshape (two fingers together and bent, thumb bent)
o = palm facing out
-al = move fingers
-nc = closed-N handshape (two fingers together and bent, first finger touching thumb)

ceuu-hrsy = finished
ce = open-C handshape
uu = base and wide palms facing up
-hrs = twist at wrists until base palm facing wide side, wide palm facing base side
y = repeat movement (shake hands several times)

ceu-ahsy = finished (one-handed version)
ce = open-C handshape
u = palm facing up
-a = twist hand
hs = palm facing base side
y = repeat movement (shake hand several times)

yao-rk = same as the other
ya = Y handshape
o = palm facing out
-r = move hand wide side
k = return hand back to starting position

bbi-z = have
bb = bent-B handshape
i = palm facing in
-z = move hand onto body

acrs-ts = with
ac = A handshape
rs = base palm facing wide side, wide palm facing base side
-ts = move wide hand to touch base side onto base hand

ces-zy = fine, alright
ce = open-C handshape
s = palm facing base side
-z = move hand onto body
y = repeat movement (tap body several times)

ces-zw = fancy, cool
ce = open-C handshape
s = palm facing base side
-z = move hand onto body
w = wiggle fingers

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