American Sign Language

Questions related to ASL, its history, culture, signs, etc. American Sign Language is the 4th used language in the USA.

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How do you say together in American sign language?

Make two fists, and place them ''together'' with the palms facing, and thumbs up. Then, make a small circle with both.

How do you spell asle in church in ASL?

aisle is the proper way to spell an aisle as in a church walkway between pews.

isle is the proper way to spell an isle as in an individual island, or a collective body of islands.

I'll is the proper way to spell the contracted form of "I will."

These are pronounced similarly.

How do you say the word see in American Sign Language?

check on manual alphabets u gotta fingerspell if you're referring to that. or do 2, put ur middle finger on place right below your eye then move it forward.

Is wanting a deaf baby if you are a deaf couple ethical or unethical and for what reasons?

Desire to Have a Deaf BabyCONSENSUS on this page seems to be:

1. Deaf parents wanting to adopt a deaf baby (one already born deaf) is ethical and probably advantageous, laudable.

2. Deaf parents wanting to create a deaf baby (removing its ability to hear through genetic manipulation or other means) is unethical, because it reduces choice and opportunity for the child.

* * *individual opinions * * *

Assuming you are talking about adopting a deaf child, I think that would be a wonderful thing for a deaf couple to do. So very many special needs children are in need of loving homes, yet get passed over for numerous reasons. A deaf couple who adopts a deaf child would be in an excellent position to love, raise and teach a deaf child because they have their own experiences to draw from.

On the other hand, if a you mean you want to have a biological child and hope your child is deaf? I think that is very selfish and you may be too immature at this point to be considering having a baby. While deafness is a disability many people not only live with but overcome it to live fulfilling lives - successful business people, celebrities, etc., why would you wish for your child to be anything less than perfectly healthy in every way like any normal prospective parent does? And if your child ''is'' born with perfect hearing, will you still be able to love him or her the way you should? Or will you feel disappointment?

I don't think ethics have anything to do with it. It's more a matter of maturity and selflessness. No matter whether you adopt or have biological children, no matter whether your child has disabilities of any kind or whether he is perfectly healthy, being a parent means you must very often be selfless and make sacrifices - and be mature enough accept this and to deal with what nature hands you.

I think you already know the answer to your question, don't you? In you heart you know you are not GOD. And don't forget all of those beautiful, and otherwise healthy deaf children who are just waiting for a loving family.

  • I think there is nothing wrong with it. If you feel that it is what you want to do, then it is ethical. Only you can determine the ethical value of the decision you decide to make. Do what you feel is right by you.
  • And how about the rights of the child ? If I grew up, and found out that my parents went out of their way to have a baby that was deaf, I would be angry at them. Deafness is a huge challenge to over-come, even when it happens naturally. If it was part of a parental plan, I'd feel ilke some kind of a freak, the result of some twisted idea of "equality".
  • What do a child's rights have to do with this? If a child is already deaf or is destined to be born deaf, rights or even fairness have little to do with it.

I don't think it is possible to deliberately choose to give birth to a deaf child. Unless I've missed something genetic researchers are trying to find a way to do away with birth defects, not create them.

What would be unethical, in my opinion, would be for a geneticist (if the technology were commonly available) to help create a child with a 'birth defect.' Then I would have to agree with the above argument.

Just imagine the sticky legal issues that would be involved if such things were possible: the child's rights, the parents' rights', womens' rights; ethics, religion,'s enough to make one's head spin.

I don't exactly think it's right for a couple to hope their baby is deaf, but since I am not deaf, I can't look at this from their point of view. Perhaps they feel unsure of their ability to raise a child who can hear? I still don't think that is a good reason, but I think I could, at least, understand it. I don't know that I would be up to properly raising and teaching a deaf child. Nevertheless, it would be MY child and I'd do anything and everything I could to the best of my ability to give that child a normal life.

As for adoption, every child deserves to have a loving family. If a couple, deaf or otherwise, chooses to adopt a child with a disability, then, more power to them, I say. Not everyone has the ability, strength, patience, or compassion to do this and I admire those who do.

  • There is nothing wrong with hoping for or wanting a Deaf child. Although I do agree with statements above about genetically manipulating your baby to be Deaf, I don't think that this would be right in any way, such as trying to give your child blue eyes or any other specific characteristic. I am Deaf myself, but was born hearing. I became Deaf at the age of 2 due to meningitis, so it is no more likely for me than for anyone else to have a Deaf child. I plan to adopt, because I want at least one Deaf child in the family. Wishes and hopes are not unethical.
  • I have a feeling the above answers have gone in a different direction than the questioner intended? Presumably, you're asking if it's okay to seek specifically to ADOPT a child who is deaf?

In answer to that, it's not only ok, it's wonderful! Any adopted child struggles with feeling a sense of differentness and "unbelonging" with regard to their adoptive family. Any way that the adoptive family can truly relate to and understand the child's needs is valuable. Adoption workers and agencies (especially those dealing with children with special needs) struggle to find families that are, for example, racially similar to the children they're trying to adopt. Naturally, many people (myself included) have adopted children of a different race than they are, but it is in many ways easier for the child to be adopted by a family of the same race as they are. I'm given to understand that the deaf community is strongly bonded as a "sub-culture," and I can only imagine how helpful it might be to a deaf child to be adopted by deaf parents.

Somewhere in my research, I think I've seen an organization specifically geared toward helping to place children with hearing loss ... but I can't remember where. Perhaps a web search of "deaf child adoption agency" might help?

  • I'm an interpreter married to a Deaf man who may or may not pass on his deafness. We have no intention of doing anything to intentionally create a Deaf baby, but we know the odds and it is entirely possible that we may do so and that's fine with us. We have as much of a right to have a child as anyone else and if this child is Deaf, we know what to do and will be thrilled to pass on the knowlege of ASL and Deaf Culture. It will more than likely be hearing, and that's great too.
  • If you want to adopt a deaf child, I think that's great. It's not unethical because a deaf couple has more knowledge and could better help a deaf baby.
  • The child will be well served with parents who are able to "speak" ASL and understand where they are coming from. You would be the perfect parents for a deaf child.
  • Deaf parents adopting deaf children sounds like a great idea, they'd likely be especially well-equipped for it.
  • As for deliberately choosing to create such a child (which is not only possible, but has now happened. Copy/paste this address for news story: )… Well, the clearest single-sentence definition of a good parent is one who wants her/his child to have a better life than he or she had. *Not* the same - *better*. This includes hoping her/his child will be born with more advantages and fewer weaknesses and vulnerabilities -of *any* kind- than he was. To wish anything less for your child -especially if you act on it- is child abuse. Its more subtle than a black eye - and much more damaging. The couple who deliberately caused their baby to be born deaf have committed a clearly unethical act and should be prosecuted for child abuse, and the child should be taken out of that home by Child Protective Services before any further harm comes to it, and placed with a loving family who would never knowingly bring harm to their child.

Well, this is just my personal opinion, no medical advice or psychological answers. I have never really been around many deaf people but I can understand both sides of it seeming like a good thing and a bad thing. It could be a good thing because both of you are deaf and might find it easier to communicate with your child and your child may be able to appreciate things that those who can hear may take for granted. But I am sure you and your spouse have had difficulties with being deaf and have at some point wanted to have the ability to hear and as a parent is your responsibility to want the best for your child. If you are wanting a deaf child so that he/she may be able to appreciate things in life that others take for granted it is not a bad reason in my opinion. But if you are wanting a deaf baby so that you can communicate better or so that your child does not have something from life that you and your spouse never had that can be seen as kind of a selfish reason in my opinion. I wish you the best of of luck with your baby.

In my opinion, yes. I find it very unethical to want a child with a disability. I understand your reasoning, and I am not condemning wanting a tie to your child. I understand that you want to be able to communicate with your child and have something in commong. However, my issue is why would you want your child to have a disability? Why would you want your child to go through so much more suffering? I am pretty sure that after a certain amount of time, your child will get used to it, and I understand that life is hard, but still. Is that what you want for them?

How do you say Im Hungry in asl?

The proper sentence structure for "I'm hungry" in ASL is "Me hungry, me".

This is done by:

Me - Use your dominant hand, curl all but your pointer into a fist, and point toward yourself (chest area).

Hungry - [Shows passage to an empty stomach] Beginning with the fingertips of the right C hand (dominant hand) touching the center of the chest, palm facing in, move the hand downward a short distance.

Me - Repeat...

Is a mute person who uses sign language to communicate considered disabled?

AnswerThey are considered "disabled" because they don't have the ability to speak.

This is the dictionary definition of disability: "A disadvantage or deficiency, especially a physical or mental impairment that interferes with or prevents normal achievement in a particular area."

Having a disability doesn't mean you can't do things, it just means you have a certain disadvantage.

AnswerThey also might be deaf because when you are deaf you can't hear what you are saying so it sounds like a very odd accent and sometimes impossible to understand. AnswerOne way of calling them are "Differently Abled" not disabled. They may not be able to speak but they could still communicate.

As mentioned in a very good previous answer , they are disadvantaged. That disadvantage is that not very many people are capable of signing back. This makes it extremely hard to comunicate. This is not a statement of any mental or physical capablities, just a disadvantage in communicating.

AnswerI must humbly say that the second answer is inaccurate. This question does not mention the ability to hear. Inability to speak is not the same as the inability to hear. Anyone can have one or both. And, in addition, there are plenty of people who can speak but are not understood by others because they speak a different language. So, are they disabled because they can speak a foreign language and not English?


The Deaf community does NOT like to be referred to as "disabled" or "impaired" . If they can not speak maybe they choose not to speak or do not know how. Plus, they function perfectly well and communicate just as well as hearing people when they are within their own community.

Also: Regards to the third answer above. I have many Deaf friends, and when we go out in public, they are able to communicate very well, non-verbally, and are quite capable of functioning. I would not call it a disadvantage. It is really the hearing world that has a disadvantage because they do not know sing language.


While deafness or an inability to speak is technically a disability, which would be covered by the ADA for example, the Deaf community (with a capital 'D') does not consider itself to be a community of disabled people, but rather they have a cultural identity that makes them "different."

How can you get a photo of the Wrigley Field sign with your name on it?

:What? Alright u have to talk to the Cubs organization and pay for it if u want it to be real.

If you don't care then use a picture of the sign and photoshop it.

How do you say heart in sign language?

Note: There are many Sign Languages around the world. This answer below refers to American Sign Language. It should be misconstrued to refer to any other Sign Language.

There are two ways to sign "heart" in American sign language. Generally speaking both of these are correct for both the "affectual feeling" as well as the physical organ. Essentially they are same conceptual sign, just using different fingers. To do this sign, you trace a "heart" handshape around the area of your heart, utilizing both hands. One version uses the bent middle finger (the other fingers remain pointing outward), and is used more often in performances or when the conotation is something like "she touched my heart." The other is using the index or one-handshape.

How do you say Kristen in ASL?

you would fingerspell it. because it is a proper noun

How do you say your special in sign language?

whit you hands


First: the word your, is an open hand toward the person your talking about. kind of like you want to push them (but dont do that). and this is with your dominant hand (if your a righty or lefty)

if your right handed, your left hand is in a fist with your pointer finger up. pointing towards the sky. then your right hand is in the F hand shape, which is your thumb and pointer finger touching, and other fingers spread out. you basically tug upwards on your left pointer finger with your right thumb and pointer finger. if your a left, reverse it. kinda difficult to explain through text..

What are the ASL signs for every US state?

== == Many states have unique signs, but most are fingespelled out. There is a link provided which should explain it for you.

You spell them out. I don't think that each state actually has a sign assigned to it.

Some states are spelled out, such as Ohio. Some states are represented by using the postal abbreviations (MO for Missouri, Conn. for Connecticut, Mass. for Massachusettes, etc.). And other states do have a sign such as California, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, to name a few.

Also, if there are just a few states that you will be referring to and you have access to one - in addition to finger-spelling the name, point to the state's location on a US map.

At what age are babies able to perform sign language?

Babies and Sign LanguageAs in most learning situations, the students (in this case Babies) are able to understand before they can perform. With babies, six months is a good age to begin signing to them and around them, (for hearing able children) saying the word at the same time you're making the sign. As you do when you're teaching him/her to learn a spoken word, repeat the sign/word combination a few times in a row [Do you see the dog (show dog sign)? It's a brown dog (dog sign). What a pretty dog (dog sign)]. Infants learn through variety and repetition.

Most babies won't be able to demonstrate the sign back to you or make it on their own until sometime near their first birthday. Some may do it sooner, some later. This is due to the age of maturation of their hand muscles and in the language processing sections of their brains.

Research has shown the ease with which they pick it up corresponds to how soon they were exposed to it and how often they saw it. For example, a 13 month old baby who saw signing demonstrated several times a day for six months would have a much easier time of signing by him/herself and would most likely learn new signs at a faster rate than a baby of equal age and intelligence who only saw signing in the previous two or three months.

What is Francine Hughes doing today?

Francine HughesI just wanted to say that I have seen the movie and read the book. I think Francine Hughes is a very brave lady who came thru a very hard time in her life. She inspired alot of women to leave abusive relationships.

It seems that there are lot of rumors flying around about her and a lot of them are negative. I say leave this lady in peace. She has earned the right to live a peaceful life after everything she went and her children went thru.

Some of you will be saying why am I looking at her site then. Well, I am writing a book on domestic abuse, as I believe it is an issue that must always be in the forefront as it is a problem that is still ongoing. Until there are no more abused women out there we must keep fighting the fight.

I read what her granddaughter said and feel for her. It is hard enough to be a teenager without everyone talking about your family. You just keep your head up honey and walk proud. Your grandmother was an inspiration to all women.

Shelley from Canada.

What is Jackie Joseph doing today?

She will be a part of the 3rd Annual Mayberry Day in Graysville on July 21, 2007 for more information contact Mayor Doug Brewer at 205-674-5643.

How do you say Laura in sign language?

there is no exact sign so you have to spell it. just look up a picture of the alphabet and get the letters you need. when you learn them all put them in correct order and your spelling laura

How do you sign the word salmon in asl?

wave your hand back and forth so that it looks like a fish swimming, then finger spell SALMON

How do you say 'car' in Sign Language?

The sign for "car" or "drive" is made by using both hands in a closed position.

Move both hands as if controlling a steering wheel. To differentiate between "car" and "drive," sign "car" smaller and "drive" larger. Drive can also be modified by using a "forward and back" movement, and various facial expressions.

''who played in the 1979 World Series''?

The Pittsburgh Pirates came back from a three-to-one deficit to the Baltimore Orioles and won the World Series in seven games.