Alphabets – click on image below for larger picture
Numbers: words are spelled out so the search can find this page.
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve; two options for: thirteen, fourteen, fifteen; sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty through twenty four one picture each; twenty-five (2 options); twenty six through twenty nine one picture each; thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, hundred, billion, million, thousand, trillion; and a few examples of how to combine numbers: thirty two; four hundred; two hundred fourteen – click on image below for larger picture
1. Past Tense Rule – past tense can be signed with 2 options.
option 1: the hand thrown over your shoulder or towards your shoulder
option 1: example – dreamed
option 2: the “D” facing out – the affix “ed”
option 2: example – dreamed
2. Past Participle Rule – has two options – option 1: flat hand facing up changes to flat hand facing each other past participate sign option 2: the “N” facing out – the affix “en”
3. Hand Positions – many signs use hand positions that are repetitious, and can appear in any direction. Click on image for larger picture
4. Personal Pronoun – direct hand towards person or item indicated – you, he, she, him, her, it
example: you: index hand points to the person indicated
example: you: index hand points to the person indicated, straight, to the side, etc.
Person Indicator – both flat hands facing in, drop slightly
person indicator example: Savior
feminine indicator: extended “A” thumb touches chin
masculine indicator: “A” thumb touches temple
5. One Sign For One Word – basic words (including homonyms)
bore – same sign different meanings – to make a hole; diameter of a hole; past tens of bear; tidal flood with high abrupt front; one who causes boredom; tedious dullness; carry – some groups of signers will finger spell word such as these because of the different meanings, it is up to you.
6. Basic Word Rule– use single signs for each word
7. Complex Words Rule – (including affixes) use more than one motion or sign to accomplish
unlike – u (un – affix sign plus like sign)
unchangeableness – u (un affix) + change + able + n (ness affix)
8. Compound Words Rule – two basic signs combine to make one word
doghouse – dog + house – close compound word
daughter-in-law – daughter + in + law – hyphenated compound word
post office – post + office – open compound word
9. Initialized Word Rule – each word within a group of words starts with the same action, but uses different letters to completed signs – example below of just one group of words same action for all these signs, but different letters used: side of each letter hands brush down chest, making a circle (group below located here)
sign for act
sign for drama
sign for perform
sign for theater