How to Sign the Letter H 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 “H” is particularly important as it is used when spelling out words in many signs. You might think that the word “the” would be signed often but there is no sign for “the” in ASL. The meaning is inferred contextually within the signed message in a conversation.

Directions for Signing the Letter H in Sign Language

Hold your dominant hand in a fist, palm facing inward with knuckles lined up vertically, with index and middle fingers held out together, straight and stacked horizontally.

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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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