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Phrases

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"Beginning and ending a thought"



The first sign is what you would use at the beginning and the second sign is what you would use at the end of a story or anecdote that you want to show as an internal thought or dream.


11 + 15 = 26


235 x 12 = 2,820


456 - 290 = 166


48 / 12 = 4


Are you a student?



Here is the phrase "Are you a student?" in ASL. Notice the signs that are used in this phrase. This phrase is actually signed as: "YOU STUDENT YOU?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Are you deaf?



This phrase is signed as: "YOU DEAF YOU?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Are you hungry?



This phrase is signed as "YOU HUNGRY YOU?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Are you learning sign language?



This phrase is signed as: "YOU LEARN SIGN?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Are you married?



This is signed as "YOU MARRIED YOU?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Are your parents Deaf?



This phrase is signed as "YOUR PARENTS DEAF?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


At the beach we wear sun block, sunglasses, and use an umbrella for safe skin health.


Can you (please) sign slower?



This phrase is signed as: "PLEASE SLOW".


Can you (please) sign that again?



This phrase is signed as: "PLEASE SIGN AGAIN".


Can you fingerspell that again?



This phrase is signed as: "FINGERSPELL AGAIN?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up). You can also add PLEASE to this phrase if you want.


Can you read lips?

This phrase is signed "YOU READ-LIPS YOU?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Could you go to the store and pick me up a pink volleyball?


Do you have children?



This is signed as "YOU HAVE CHILDREN?" with the yes/no question facial expression (eyebrows up).


Do you mind if I borrow your car?


Emergency! The tiger at the zoo got out of his cage and is hunting for food.


Every morning I wake up happy because I sleep all night.


Excuse me



This is the sign for "EXCUSE-ME" in ASL.


Excuse me I'm sorry to interrupt, but I have an important message.


For this job you will need to check your email and clean your computer once a month.


Germany makes the best cars for winter weather and they handle well in the snow.


Good afternoon



This phrase is signed as "GOOD AFTERNOON"


Good morning



This is signed as "GOOD MORNING". This phrase can also be signed more fluidly where your non-dominant hand is only used for MORNING (your dominant hand moves directly from your chin down to sign MORNING).


Goodbye



This is the sign for "BYE" in ASL.


Goodnight



This phrase is signed as "GOOD NIGHT."


He replaced all his Spanish DVDs with Blu-ray discs.


He went to use the ATM so he could pay off debt he owed to the government.


Hello



This is the sign for HELLO in ASL.


Her car is black and has a loud engine.



(HER BLACK CAR)top LOUD ENGINE (2h)CL:5(show engine rumbling down road)


Her grandson is my daughter's friend.


Her least favorite person got laid off from his job at Taco Bell.



CL:1(index left) MAN CL:1(index right) WOMAN HE ANNOY-HER HE RECENT LAID-OFF WHERE? fs-TACO-BELL. SHE "YES!"


His brother was born with freckles and a lot of hair.


Hockey is the best sport to watch live.


How are you?



This phrase is signed as: "HOW YOU?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).



How are you? (2)



This is a different signer signing "How are you?" This phrase is signed as: "HOW YOU?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


How did you get here?



This phrase is signed as "YOU ARRIVE HERE HOW?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


How did you lose your hearing?



This is signed as "BECOME DEAF HOW YOU?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


How do you get to your daughters High School from the show?


How do you wash your laundry and make your bed?


How long have the two of them been engaged?


How many siblings do you have?



This is signed as "HOW-MANY BROTHERS SISTERS YOU HOW-MANY?" with the wh-word facial expression (eyebrows down).


How much does it cost?


How old are you?



This phrase is signed as "HOW-OLD YOU?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down). HOW-OLD is signed by signing OLD twice.


How was your weekend?


I am 20 years old.



This is signed as "I AGE 20". You learn more about signing ages in ASL 1 - Unit 12.


I am a college student and I am majoring in biology.


I am extremely hungry, I could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner right now!


I am not married.



This is signed as "I NOT MARRIED" with the negation facial expression (shaking your head).


I can't sleep. I've been tossing and turning all night.


I don't feel good. I feel lousy.


I don't like football but I do like race car driving shows on Thursdays evenings.


I don't mind that you borrow the car, but would you mind filling the gas tank?


I don't understand.



This is signed as "I UNDERSTAND" with the negative facial expression. The sign DON'T is already implied with the facial expression, so it does not need to be signed.


I don't want to listen to rap music as it makes me vomit.


I feel OK.



This is signed as "I FEEL OK".


I feel sick with a sore throat and an annoying headache.


I feel tired.



This is signed as "I FEEL TIRED"


I feel wonderful.



This is signed as "I FEEL WONDERFUL"


I have 1 brother and 2 sisters.



This phrase is signed as: "I BROTHER 1, SISTER 2". Christine also shifts her body during this phrase, which indicates comparing.


I have 3 children.



This is signed as "I CHILDREN 3."


I have a question.



This phrase is signed as "I QUESTION" with an inquisitive facial expression.


I have an ugly dog that barks at night.


I have to go home.



This is signed as: "HOME I NEED GO".


I moved to New York around 1998.



AROUND 19-98 ME MOVE-TO NEW-YORK


I need to fix my roof after this last rain storm.


I put a camera on the top of my front door entrance.


I took the bus to get to class.



This phrase is signed as "I RIDE BUS ARRIVE CLASS". This sign for BUS is more English-based, but is used often. Another way to sign BUS is the lexicalized version #BUS. You can see an example of #BUS in the conversation in ASL 1 - Unit 5.


I want to introduce you to my friend Julie.


I'll be right back.



This phrase uses a classifier and is signed as "I CL:1(me)"go" CL:1(me)"come back"". Christine uses the 1-handshape to show herself leaving and then returning.


I'm studying to be an interpreter.



This phrase is signed as a rhetorical question: "I STUDY WHY? BECOME INTERPRETER". The first part of the phrase uses the yes/no facial expression (eyebrows up) and the second part uses an affirmative facial expression.


I'm taking ASL classes.



This phrase is signed as "I TAKE-up ASL CLASS". This sign for TAKE is different from the sign you would use to indicate that you took (or got) something (i.e. TAKE-from).


Interesting.



This is the sign for "INTERESTING", which can be signed using various facial expressions to create a phrase. In this video, Christine uses a facial expression to indicate that something is very interesting.


Is that right?


Is that true?



(TRUE?)y/n


Is there a chair under your desk or is it in the dining room?


Is your hotel near the junior high school or behind the library?


My aunt lost her way through New York City while looking for the Yankee stadium.


My cat is fat and lazy and she smells like fish.



MY CAT (nd)CL:3(3 list) (first)THICK (second)LAZY (third)SMELL SAME-AS FISH


My cell phone can email, send text messages, and check voicemails.



MY CELL-PHONE CAN EMAIL (2h)CL:11(send) TEXT CHECK MESSAGE++


My father is a janitor at her son's university.


My garage needs new wood because of the flood.


My house is having a new dishwasher and two new toilets installed.



(MY HOUSE)top RENOVATE NEW (shift left) INSTALL DISHWASHER (shift right) CL:1(index right) NEW TWO TOILETS


My landlord is spraying my apartment for bugs on Tuesday.


My mom is nice but my dad is strict.



(shift left) (MY MOM)top (NICE)aff (shift right) (DAD)top STRICT


My name is Deborah (name sign).



The phrase is signed here as: "MY NAME D-E-B-O-R-A-H (name-sign)". This is used as an example. Deborah fingerspelled her name first and then gave her name sign, which is the D-handshape moving in a curl downward from her head to indicate curly hair. You can learn more about Name Signs in ASL 1 - Unit 3.


My roommate is thin, smart and great at drawing.


My uncle doesn't want his kitchen table anymore and will sell it cheap.


Next year I am going with my family to Washington DC to meet with Senator Morris and his wife.



NEXT YEAR, ME (shift shoulders) MY FAMILY GO-TO WASHINGTON fs-DC MEET SENATOR fs-MORRIS AND (shift shoulders) HIS WIFE.


Nice to meet you.



The phrase is signed here as: "NICE MEET YOU." This phrase can also be signed as "NICE MEET" with MEET signed with the back of your dominant hand facing you and the back of your non-dominant hand facing the person you are meeting. When MEET is signed directionally this way, signing YOU is not necessary.


No, I'm not deaf, I'm hearing.



This phrase is signed as "NO DEAF, I HEARING" with the first part signed with a negative facial expression and the second part signed with an affirmative facial expression.


Once a week in May my grandfather watches his favorite television show.


Once upon a time


One year after we bought our house our daughter was born.


Science is the most important subject after language studies.



MOST IMPORTANT SUBJECT STUDY (WHAT?)rhq (ndh)CL:2(2 list) ((first)LANGUAGE (second)SCIENCE)aff


See you later.



This phrase is signed as: "SEE-YOU LATER." The sign SEE moves toward the person you are talking to. The sign LATER is made by taking the L-handshape and moving your wrist from palm-forward to palm-down (it refers to the hands moving on a clock).


She is very good at math but her brother is a star baseball player at his private school.


Sorry, I already have plans.


Sorry, I already lent the car to my sister.


Sorry.



This is the sign for "SORRY" in ASL.


Take care of yourself.



This phrase is signed as: "TAKE-CARE". This is like saying "take care!" when you say goodbye in English.


Thank you.



This is the phrase/word "THANK-YOU" in ASL.



Thank you. (2)



This is a different signer signing "Thank you." This is the phrase/word "THANK-YOU" in ASL.


The art museum had silly paintings of strawberries and country sides.


The Japanese army is planning an earthquake drill in Asia.


The monkeys at the zoo remind me of my sister's farm.



fs-ZOO I SEE MONKEYS I THINK CONNECT SAME MY SISTER FARM CL:1(index right)


The news online is not always right about our neighborhood.


The parking lot next to the church is being built three stories tall.



CHURCH CL:1(index right) CL:1(index left) PARK-LOT BUILD (2H)CL:BB(three floors) THREE


The play my father attended had dancing, piano music and a magical autumn set.



MY DAD GO-TO THEATRE. DANCE, PIANO-PLAYING, DECORATE FALL SET-UP fs-SET CL:1(index right) BEAUTIFUL


The president is the leader of the armed services and makes important national decisions.


The snake chases the rat into the dark tunnel.


Their family went to China to see an expensive surgeon.


There is no sign for that, you need to fingerspell it.



This phrase is signed as: "SIGN NONE, FINGERSPELL MUST".


Tomorrow is Christmas and then it will be New Years.


Turn right by the playground and left after the movie theater.


What are you doing?


What did you/they say?



This phrase is signed as: "SAY?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down). The rest of the words are implied with the facial expression, so it is only necessary to sign SAY in this phrase. And keep in mind that if you are referring to what someone else said, you will normally glance toward that person momentarily while signing this phrase.


What do you think?


What does that mean?



This is signed as "MEANING?" with the wh-word question facial expression. The rest of the words are implied with the facial expression, so it is only necessary to sign MEANING in this phrase.


What does your mother do on Easter Sunday?


What is your name?



This phrase is signed as: "YOUR NAME WHAT?" with the wh-question facial expression (eyebrows down).


What is your phone number?



This is signed as "YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHAT?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


What is your teacher's name?



This phrase is signed as: "YOUR TEACHER NAME WHAT?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


What time?



This is signed as "TIME?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down). In this phrase, the word WHAT is implied with the facial expression, so it is not necessary to sign it.


Where are you learning sign language?



This phrase is signed as: "YOU LEARN SIGN WHERE?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Where do you live?



This is signed as "YOU LIVE WHERE?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Where do you rank among your siblings?



This phrase is basically asking the question, "How old are you in relation to your siblings" (i.e. "Are you the oldest, middle, youngest, etc. child?"). The question is asked this way because your non-dominant hand is used to index siblings and children in order of age. The phrase is signed here as: "BROTHER SISTER, YOU POINT(non-dominant index)?" with "BROTHER SISTER" signed with the topical facial expression and with "YOU POINT(non-dominant index)?" signed with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Where do you work?



This is signed "YOU WORK WHERE?" with the WH-Word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Where is the bathroom?



This is signed as "BATHROOM WHERE?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Who do you live with?


Who is your teacher?



Here is the phrase "Who is your teacher?" in ASL. Notice the signs that are used in this phrase. This phrase is actually signed as: "YOUR TEACHER WHO?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Why are you learning sign language?



This is signed as "YOU LEARN SIGN WHY?" with the wh-word question facial expression (eyebrows down).


Would you like to go to dinner with me on Saturday?


Write it please.


Yes, please.



Signed as "YES PLEASE" with the affirmative facial expression.


Yes, thank you.



Signed "YES THANK YOU" with the affirmative facial expression.


You look busy. Would you like me to do the dishes for you?


You sign very fluently.

This is signed as "YOU SIGN-FLUENT". The "SIGN-FLUENT" sign is very ASL. There is no direct-word translation of this sign to English. This sign is used to describe someone's signing as fast and smooth. You can create this sign by starting with both of your hands in the the S-handshape, opening your hands into the 5-handshape, wiggling your fingers slightly, and closing them into the S-handshape again. Depending on your facial expressions and body movements, this sign can mean "FLUENT,""very-FLUENT," or "exceptionally-FLUENT," for example.


You're welcome.



Signed as "WELCOME". In context, this can mean "You're welcome". More commonly, you would sign FINE, NO-PROBLEM, or NOTHING (with F handshapes to mean "It was nothing.")


Your freezer is leaking water on the rug and it is messy.



(YOUR COLD FREEZE)top (2h)CL:4(LEAK++) WATER (2H)CL:0-5(water spreading) (2h)CL:C(rug) fs-RUG MESSY MESSED-UP


Your neighbor is very rich and stubborn.



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