How To Sign "No" in Sign Language

In ASL, the sign for "no" is a universal gesture recognized by Deaf and hearing individuals alike. It's a powerful and straightforward way to convey refusal or negation without the need for spoken language, highlighting the clarity and efficiency of sign communication.

Directions for Signing "No" in Sign Language

  1. Hand Position: Take your first two fingers, index and middle finger, and have them touch your thumb
  2. Starting Placement: Place your dominant hand in front of you, with your first two fingers out
  3. Movement: Move your first two fingers downward to meet your thumb, open and closing to express emphasis
  4. Facial Expression: Typically, when signing "no," you'll have a firm or negating facial expression to match the meaning of the word.


This can be signed politely with a soft, double motion. If you want to place emphasis, you can do a firm singular motion.

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