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Using Fingerspelling form the very Start

Fingerspelling is very important in ASL. 

Fingerspelling is used when you need to spell the name of locations/places, proper nouns, and supports in reading.  Here are some everyday tips.


Fingerspelling Tips:

  • Voice off when fingerspelling

  • Go at your pace

  • Keep palm toward the person

  • Hold wrist steady

  • Pause between words

  • Avoid spelling out loud/mouthing

  • Spell as fast as you read it


Use Fingerspelling form the very beginning

  • use short simple words

  • spell names of people, places

  • Spell things that have no sign

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