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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cazivd = hungry
ca = C handshape (four fingers together and bent, thumb bent)
z = hand on chest
i = palm facing in
vd = 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)

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

ceuuhrsy = 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)

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

yaovrk = same as the other
ya = Y handshape
o = palm facing out
vr = move hand wide side
k = return hand back to starting position

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

acrst = with
ac = A handshape
rs = base palm facing wide side, wide palm facing base side
t = move wide hand to touch base-hand in same direction as the wide-hand palm facing

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

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

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