How to Sign "Cheese" in Sign Language

Knowing the sign for cheese can be a lifesaver when interacting with Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. Not only does it show that you're familiar with their culture and language, but it also opens up opportunities for cheesy puns and jokes that are sure to bring a smile to their face. Plus, if you ever find yourself in a silent game of charades, you'll have one more trick up your sleeve (or in this case, on your fingertips).

Signing "Cheese"

  1. Hand Shape: Form both hands into a relaxed “5” handshape, where all fingers and thumbs are loosely extended.
  2. Sign Location: Place both hands in front of your body, slightly under the chest. Both palms should be facing each other. Place your dominant hand on top of you non-dominant hand, palms touching.
  3. Movement: Pivot your dominant hand back and forth, as if you are smashing cheese between the palms of your hands.
  4. Facial Expression: Wear an expression of enjoyment, as if you're relishing the taste of cheese.

Fun Fact

This sign can also be used to express the sentiment of "cheesy" or "corny," as in "that joke was really cheesy!" 

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