American Sign Language Signs for Food

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Sign for Apple

Apple Sign
Jamie Berke

Here are a few photos that describe food-related signs in American Sign Language. If there is a food word you would like to see added to this gallery, email me. You can also submit your own photos for addition to this gallery. This is how I, my family, and my friends sign these words. It may be different where you live, because of sign language "dialects." To see more examples of sign language, see Sign Language Dictionaries Online.

To make the sign for "apple," "screw" your cheek with your index finger in the "X" letter shape. As you are "screwing" your cheek, turn the "X" finger on your cheek.

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Sign for Banana

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To make the sign for "banana," use the index finger to represent the banana. Then peel the banana using the other hand's thumb and index finger.

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Sign for Bread

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To make the sign for "bread," "slice" the bread with four fingers on the back of the other hand, moving along the hand. This symbolizes the sliced loaf of bread.

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Sign for Cake

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To make the sign for "cake," "lift" a piece of cake from the other hand.

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Sign for Carrot

Carrot Sign
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Think of the character Bugs Bunny eating a carrot. Make a fist, and move it towards and away from your mouth as if you were eating a carrot.

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Sign for Cookies

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To make the sign for "cookies," move the "c" shape hand on the open palm as if making cookies using a mold.

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Sign for Corn

Move the index finger across, rotating the finger as if you were eating corn.

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Sign for Drink

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The sign for "drink" is one of the simplest signs. Just tilt a "c" hand upwards as if drinking from a cup.

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Sign for Eat

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To make the sign for "eat," move the partially closed hand towards the mouth and repeat.

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Sign for Eggs

To make the sign for "eggs," cross the index and middle fingers of each hand over each other, then bring them apart. This symbolizes the cracking of eggs.

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Sign for Fish

A "fish" sign is easy to make. Just position your hand as if it was a fish about to start swimming. Then move your hand as if the "fish" was swimming in the water.

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Sign for Fruit

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To make the sign for "fruit," put the "F" handshape on the cheek, and "twist" it forward.

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Sign for Grapes

To make the sign for "grapes," take a slightly bent hand and move it down the back of the other hand, "bouncing" along. This mimics the grapes on the vine.

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Sign for Lemon

To make the sign for "lemon," touch the "L" handshape to the cheek, and move the index finger downwards.

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Sign for Milk

The sign for "milk" is one of the easiest signs to make - just open, close a fist and "squeeze" as if milking a cow. No wonder it is one of the first signs babies learn.

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Sign for Nuts

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To make the sign for "nuts," place the thumb at the teeth and move outwards. This probably represents the opening of the shell of a nut.

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Sign for Orange

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To make the sign for "orange" open and close a fist near the chin. This mimics the "squeezing" of an orange.

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Sign for Peas

Peas Sign
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When making the sign for "peas," think about peas lined up inside a pea pod. The index finger and thumb "snap" together, moving along and "removing" the peas from the pod.

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Sign for Pie

To sign "pie," you "slice" the pie with your open hand on top of the other open hand.

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Sign for Potato

To sign "potato," put the index and middle fingers together, hovering over a fist. Then touch the index and middle finger to the back of the hand.

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Sign for Salt

To make the sign for "salt," "tap" the index and middle fingers of one hand with the index and middle fingers of the other hand. This mimics the sprinkling of salt.

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Sign for Turkey

Turkey: Move the "Q" handshape from side to side to imitate the fleshy growth (wattle)under a turkey's beak.

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Sign for Vegetable

To make the sign for "vegetable," put the "V" hand on the face near the mouth, and turn it.

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Sign for Watermelon

Watermelon Sign
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In this example, the sign for watermelon is created by combining the sign for "water" with the sign for melon. First the "w" is held to the chin, then the thumb and middle finger flick on the other hand as if flicking off the seeds.

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Sign for Pumpkin

To make the sign for "pumpkin," touch the thumb and middle finger together on top of the outstretched hand.

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