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Handshapes

Did you know that there are over 40 handshapes? Some handshapes are more common than others. Let’s see how some signs are formed using a variety of handshapes. Pay close attention to the shape of the hand in each of the following videos:

Flat B


book
BOOK


walk
WALK

Three Handshape


hike
HIKE


car
CAR

Loose A


follow
FOLLOW


game
GAME

Bent V


snake
SNAKE


vampire
VAMPIRE

Classifiers, part of the handshapes family, show or describe one’s size, shape, or detail. Let’s look at a few examples:

Claw 5 Handshape


bump on the head
BUMP-ON-HEAD


fat
FAT

Four Handshape


striped wall
STRIPES-ON-WALL


plaid shirt
PLAIDS-ON-SHIRT

C Handshape


big cup
CUP BIG


small cup
CUP SMALL