Friday, October 21, 2016

ASL - Hello and Goodbye

We've now learned a whole year of Italian words.
Molto bene!

Let's try another language now, how about ASL - American Sign Language?

This is a language created for people who can not hear, so you use your hands, to make most of the signs.

First let's learn how to say hello and goodbye.

To do this sign, you put your right hand in what is called the "Flat B" or "Flat Hand" shape. Then you put that hand up to your forehead pointed up with your index finger touching your forehead and your pinky facing out, and move your hand away from your face up and away, like a salute.

Here is the Flat B hand shape:
ASL flat b
(from: wiktionary - appendix:sign language handshapes)

To say goodbye, you hold your right hand up in what is called the "Open B" or "Open Hand" on your right side with your elbow bent and your palm facing forward.

Bend your your fingers down to your palm two times, like a closed hand wave.

Here is the Open B hand shape:
ASL open b
(from: wiktionary - appendix:sign language handshapes)

Here is a helpful video showing these signs:

Greetings, Introducing Yourself and Small Talk in American Sign Language - EmmaSigns

(from: wikipedia - american sign language)

Ciao, arrivederci

Hallo, Auf Wiedersehen

Hola! AdiĆ³s!

Bonjour! Au Revoir!