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Lesson Tutor ASL Series continues with simple questions’ signs.

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American Sign Language Series III Lesson 3: Question Words
By Elaine Ernst Schneider

Place the right l hand on the chin, touching with the thumb. Slightly move the index finger twice.
Wave your upward pointing index finger left and right as if panning the space before you.
who?
why?
where?
.
Use the index finger of the right hand to pass over the palm of the left open hand (fingers tightly close) from the base of the index finger to the base of the little finger.
what? (as in “What do you mean?” or “I don’t understand”)
what? (like “What time?” or “What book?”)
when which

how

when?
which?
how?

 

Signs Description of Sign Action
how Place hands back to back in front of the chest area, hands slightly bent, palms downward. Knuckles will slightly touch. Revolve hands in and then upward until hands end in a position where palms are flat and turned upward.
what (as in ‘what time?’ or ‘what book?’) Use the index finger of the right hand to pass over the palm of the left open hand (fingers tightly close) from the base of the index finger to the base of the little finger.
what (…do you mean?) Slightly raise both palms up hands at your sides with a shrug of the shoulders.
when Hold the left “d” hand in front of body, palm up. The right index finger moves in a clockwise motion around the left, then rests on the left index finger to symbolize the element of time.
where Wave your upward pointing index finger left and right as if panning the space before you.
which Alternately move vertical “a” hands up and down 2 or 3 times.
who Place the right “L” hand on the chin, touching with the thumb. Slightly move the index finger twice.
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.
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