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American Sign Language (ASL)  Lesson 8: "I want..."
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
April 28, 2001. rev. Sept /03

I in American Sign Language
picture of how to sign 'want' using asl
I (SE)



Sign Description of Action

bacon Start with "u" hands facing each other about an inch apart. Move hands outward, wiggling the fingers slightly in a wavelike motion to simulate bacon frying.

eggs Touch "u" hands, the right middle finger resting gently on the left index finger. Then move hands outward and down as if cracking an egg and letting the contents spill into an imaginary bowl.

I (ASL) Point to self, mid chest.

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

juice The letter "j" sign swings wide towards your mouth

meat Using the thumb and index finger of the right hand, slightly pinch the skin between the thumb and index finger of the left hand.

potatoes Using a right curved "v" hand, mimic piercing a potato (letting the left "s" hand represent the potato.)

salad Using curved open hands, palms upward, mimic tossing a salad.

spaghetti Begin with "i" hands facing each other, about an inch apart. Using the small fingers of the "i" hands, twirl small circles as the hands move outward.

tea Use the thumb and index finger of the right hand to mimic dipping a tea bag into the left "s" hand which represents a teacup. Slightly rotate the wrist as if "swishing" the tea bag in the hot water.

want Extend both hands forward, palms up. Move both open curved hands toward the chest several times, as if drawing in the desired object.

water The letter "W" signed at chin level.

Continue to ASL  Lesson 9  "I am..."

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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