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 American Sign Language Series III Lesson 1: Simple Answers and Beginning Phrases
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
August 30, 2001


yes
no
please
  .
.
hello
good bye
thank you



 
(you're) welcome
sorry  



good.......  (to...)
see
you




Signs
Description of Sign Action


good
Make the "thank you" sign, but let the back of the right hand fall to rest in the palm of the extended left hand. (The only difference between "thank you" and "good" is that the sign for "good" ends in the palm of the left hand, while the "thank you" sign finishes in mid-air.)
good bye
Wave "good-bye"!
hello
Place hand on forward as if to salute (but not as rigid). Move hand outward, ending up with palm facing forward in the air just a few inches from the forehead.
no
Using the right hand, close the thumb and first two fingers together once.
please
Use right hand, flat, fingers together. Rub in a circular motion mid-chest.
see
Using a right "v" hand, hold fingertips of the "v" directly in
front of eyes. Then move the right hand outward as if extending vision.
sorry
Move "s" hand in a circular motion mid-chest.
thank you
With open hand, touch lips, and then extend hand outward, keeping palm facing the face (as if throwing a thank-you kiss).
yes
Using right "s" hand, move the wrist to make the "s" fist go down, up, then down again, as if it is someone's head shaking a "yes" acknowledgement.
you
Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an "imaginary" person.
you're welcome Touch forehead with the index finger of the "w" hand, then touch chest with the wrist of that same "w" hand. The motion will be somewhat semi-circular, as if you are inviting or welcoming someone to be close to you.

Continue on to Lesson 2: Feelings and Emotions

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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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Hello Ms. Schneider, just wanted to say I really enjoyed going through each lesson you outline in your website and it is very helpful to me.  I am in the process of taking ASL through Adult Education class beginning next week and I know in addition to the online lesson, it will be of great help for me.  My future in-laws are hearing impaired and this is why I want to learn ASL and SE. Thanks, Liz Jan/03
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