Learn the American Sign Language Alphabet

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Sign Language - Letter A

Letter A
Letter A.

The letter "A" in American Sign Language looks very similar to a lowercase written letter A. Four fingers down, with the thumb up next to them looking very much like the "tail" of a lowercase written A.

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Sign Language Alphabet - Letter B

Letter B
Letter B.

To make a "B" in American Sign Language, which looks like a lowercase b, put four fingers up, and the thumb across the palm.

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Letter C in Sign Language

Letter C
Letter C.

The letter "C" in American Sign Language also resembles a lowercase c. Make a C shape with the entire hand.

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Sign Language - Letter D

Letter D
Letter D.

The hand shape for the letter "D" in American Sign Language looks just like a written lower case "d." The thumb and middle finger are touching, while the index finger points straight up.

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Sign Language - Letter E

Letter E
Letter E.

For me, the letter "E" in American Sign Language, which resembles a written lowercase e, is an uncomfortable letter to make. Four fingers down and the thumb bent and pointing forwards; the bending thumb makes it uncomfortable.

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Sign Language - Letter F

Letter F
Letter F.

To make the hand shape for the letter "F" in American Sign Language, put three fingers up as shown in the picture.

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Sign Language - Letter G

Letter G
Letter G.

To make the hand shape for the letter "G" in American Sign Language, put the thumb and index finger out and make them parallel.

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Sign Language - Letter H

Letter H
Letter H.

To make the letter "H" in American Sign Language, put out the index and middle fingers.

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Sign Language - Letter I

Letter I
Letter I.

An "I" in American Sign Language looks like a written lowercase I but without the dot. Be sure to use the pinky finger.

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Sign Language - Letter J

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A letter "J" in American Sign Language is drawn in the air like a lowercase j, without the dot. Start with your pinky finger in the air as with the letter I. Start moving down to draw the J. Make a curve as you draw your finger down in the air. Complete the arc of the J by drawing your finger upwards.

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Sign Language - Letter K

Letter K
Letter K.

A "K" in American Sign Language looks somewhat similar to a written lowercase or uppercase K, with the two fingers split and pointing up. The thumb could be thought of as the lower "leg" of the K.

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Sign Language - Letter L

Letter L
Letter L.

An "L" in American Sign Language is an easy hand shape to remember. It looks exactly like an uppercase L.

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Sign Language - Letter M

Letter M
Letter M.

An "M" in American Sign Language is pretty easy to make. Just put three fingers down, which looks like the written M. The hard part is remembering to tuck your thumb (hidden behind the fingers in the picture) under those fingers.

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Sign Language - Letter N

Letter N
Letter N.

Just as with the M, an "N" in American Sign Language has two fingers down and a thumb tucked underneath (now that there are only two fingers, you can see that thumb peeking out).

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Sign Language - Letter O

Letter O
Letter O.

An "O" in American Sign Language is very easy to make. Just think of a telescope.

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Sign Language - Letter P

Letter P
Letter P.

Remember the K? A letter "P" in American Sign Language is an upside down K.

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Sign Language - letter Q

Letter Q
Letter Q.

Remember the G? A "Q" in American Sign Language is an upside down G.

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Sign Language - Letter R

Letter S
Letter S.

Cross your fingers "good luck" for the letter "R" in American Sign Language.

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Sign Language - Letter S

Letter S
Letter S.

Make a fist for the letter "S" in American Sign Language.

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Sign Language - Letter T

Letter T
Letter T.

The letter "T" in American Sign Language is one of those hand shapes that doesn't resemble anything. You just have to memorize it. One thing that helps in remembering it is to remember the sign for "toilet," which is the turning and twisting of a T hand.

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Sign Language - Letter U

Letter U
Letter U.

A "U" in American Sign Language resembles both the lowercase and uppercase U. Put two fingers up, close together.

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Sign Language - Letter V

Letter V
Letter V.

Spread the U fingers to make the "V" in American Sign Language.

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Sign Language - Letter W

Letter W
Letter W.

Put another finger up to change the V into a "W" in American Sign Language.

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Sign Language - Letter X

Letter X
Letter X.

The "X" in American Sign Language is another of those letters, like T, that simply have to be memorized. I think of X as "tricky, crooked X. Look at the picture and you will understand why.

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Sign Language - Letter Y

Letter Y
Letter Y.

The letter "Y" in American Sign Language is one of the letters that closely resembles its uppercase written form. Your wrist is like the "stem" of the Y, and your thumb and index are the Y's "arms."

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Sign Language - Letter Z

Letter Z - 3
Letter Z - 3.

To make a "Z" in American Sign Language you do the same thing that you did for the J. You draw it in the air, using your index finger instead of the pinky as you did with the J. Move the index finger over so that it "draws" the first part of a Z. Now move your index finger down diagonally to "draw" the connecting line between the top and bottom of a Z. Complete the Z by "drawing" the bottom half of the letter, moving your index finger horizontally.

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