How to Sign the Letter E in Sign Language

Learning the alphabet helps in the process of learning and remembering other signs. Many signs in sign language are formed by combining hand shapes from the alphabet, so having a solid understanding of the alphabet makes it easier to recognize and remember those signs. The letter “E” is especially important because it is the most commonly used letter in the English language and also a vowel.

Directions for Signing the Letter E in Sign Language

Hold up your dominant hand, palm facing outward, with your top four fingers all touching each other and tightly curved in while your thumb is also curved and tightly tucked into your palm.

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Deaf education dates back centuries: The history of formal education for Deaf individuals can be traced back to the 16th century. The first school for the Deaf, known as the Royal School for Deaf Children, was established in Paris, France in 1755 by Abbé Charles-Michel de l'Épée. Gallaudet University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, The SouthWest College for the Deaf, and California State University Northridge’s National Center on Deafness are among the most well-known colleges in the United States.

Learn how to sign the rest of the alphabet:
A | B | C | DEF | G | H | I | JK | L | M | N | OP | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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