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American Sign Language (ASL)  Lesson 7: " I Like... "
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
April 28, 2001, rev Sept/03

I in American Sign Language
I (SE)
 I (ASL)

car, cars
ASL 'books'


Sign Description of Action

art Use a right "i" hand to imitate drawing in the left upturned palm.

books You don't judge a book by its cover. Palms together, fingertips up, then 'open' your hands, thumbs leading, to display the contents.

cars "c" hand hovers over left fist, then moves up imaginary steering column of car

food Using the right hand, touch fingers to thumb and move in a motion toward the mouth, as if taking food to the lips.

football Push a right "a" hand (thumb turned upward) outward twice across the left upturned palm of the left hand, as if kicking the football out of the left hand.

games Slightly touch the knuckles of both "a" hands.

I (ASL) Point to self, mid chest.

I (Signed English) Touch the "i" hand to the center of the chest.

internet Slightly spread fingers of both hands, palms facing, letting the middle fingers bend forward and almost touch. Turn hands in opposition.

like Place the right thumb and index finger against the chest as if picking lint from the shirt. Then pull the right hand away from the body, bringing the thumb and index finger together. Note: Some signers use the thumb and middle finger for this sign.

movies Hold the right hand, fingers spread, slightly behind the left hand, fingers closed and palm down. Move the right hand side to side to indicate film moving through a projector.

plants Hold a right "p" hand slightly behind the left hand. Draw the right hand upward, rotating the wrist to the rights, and letting the right hand's fingers open, as if a plant is bursting forth through the soil.

Review worksheet - Lessons 1 - 7 inc. Click Here
Continue to Lesson 8 - "I want..." click here.


Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for both Pearson/Merrell-Prentice Hall and Group Publishing and is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson plan website found at Her most recent books, 52 Children's Moments (Synergy Publications) and Taking Hearing Impairment to School (JayJo Books and the Guidance Channel) can be found at
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