How to Sign “Cry” in Sign Language

Despite popular belief, crying does more than just express emotions. In fact, tears contain a natural painkiller called leucine-enkephalin, which helps to reduce physical and emotional pain.

Signing “Cry”

  1. Hand shape: Start with your hands in an “L” handshape.
  2. Hand location: Bring your hands to your face, touching each side of your eyes.
  3. Movement: Brush your index finger downwards, as if tracing the tears along your cheeks.
  4. Facial expression: Keep a neutral facial expression.

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swim | run | walk | sprint | sleep | jog | climb | read | write | drive | drink | eat | laugh | cry | fly

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