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American Sign Language (ASL) Series 3 Lesson 5: More Phrases
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
October 5, 2001

eat
you
yet
                               eat
you
             yet



Have you eaten, yet?

.

want
which
juice
tea
want
which
juice
tea




Which do you want, juice or tea?

.

like
which
best
football
baseball
like
which
best
football
baseball





Which do you like best, football or baseball?

.

past
night
why
you
sleep
not
past
night
why
you
sleep
not






Why didn't you sleep last night?

Signs
Description of Sign Action


baseball
Pantomime gripping a baseball bat with both "S" hands and then swinging at an imaginary ball.
best
Touch lips with the fingertips of the right flat hand (fingers together.) Then move the hand across the lips and to the right and then upward to above head, ending in the "a" hand position. Note: This sign's meaning comes from the association of giving something a taste and then affirming something good with a "thumbs-up."
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.
juice
The letter "j" sign swings wide towards your mouth.
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.
night
Hold the left arm in a horizontal position in front of the body, fingers pointing right, palm down. Place the right forearm on the back of the left hand, fingers curved downward.
not
Using the right "a" hand, brush thumb under chin and move hand forward.
past
Move the right flat hand backward over the right shoulder and "wave" slightly as if throwing the past behind you.
sleep
Hold a semi-open hand in front of your eyes, then close them gradually as you bring them down, to mimic closing your eyes.
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.
which
Alternately move vertical "a" hands up and down 2 or 3 times.
why
Place fingers of the right bent hand on the forehead. Then move the right hand forward (palm turned toward the body) changing the formation into a "Y" hand as you move.
you
Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an "imaginary" person.

Continue to Lesson 6: ASL "Finish" Phrases

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Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider entered the classroom as a special education teacher in the 1970's. Since then, she has taught mainstream English Grammar, Literature, music K-12, deaf education, psychology, Algebra, creative writing, social studies, law, and science in both public and private schools. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for multiple educational publishers and is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson plan website found at http://www.lessontutor.com. 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 Amazon.com. She is currently working on a project with Pearson Prentice Hall as an author of an on-line teacher's professional development course for the Council for Exceptional Children.
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