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American Sign Language (ASL) Series 3 Lesson 6: Finished Phrases
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
October 5, 2001

asl sign for home
asl sign for work
asl sign for finished
asl sign for you
Home
work
finished
you




Have you finished your homework?


 
asl sign for movie
asl sign for finish

 
movie
finished
 




The movie is over.


medicine
asl sign for finish
asl sign for me
asl sign for better
asl sign for now
Medicine
finish
me
better
now





I feel better now that I have taken the medicine.


asl sign for car
asl sign for broken
asl sign for finish
 Car
broken
finish



The car is broken beyond repair.


Signs
Description of Sign Action


better
Touch lips with the fingertips of the right flat hand (fingers together.) Then move the hand across the lips and to the right of the 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."
broken
Pantomine holding a stick as if intending to break it. Snap it in half sharply downwards.
car
"c" hand hovers over left fist, then moves up imaginary steering column of car
finish, finished
Hold open hands (fingers spread) in front of chest, palms facing inward. With a sudden movement, rotate wrists so that palms face outward.
home
Use a closed right hand, all four fingers touching the thumb, to touch the right side of the face, first at the chin and a second time on the right cheek bone near the ear.
me
Point to self, mid-chest.
medicine
Use the right middle finger to make a small counter-clockwise circle in the left palm.
movie
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.
now
Bend hands, palms upward, and drop both hands from chest level to the waist.
work
Tap the right "s" hand on the back of the left "s" hand.
you
Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an "imaginary" person.

Continue to Lesson 7 - Negative Phrases - click here.

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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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