How to Sign "Sorry" in Sign Language

This is a sign you’ll want to know as you are starting out your sign language journey, whether it’s to apologize for a big mistake or accidentally signing something wrong.

Signing “Sorry”

  1. Hand shape: Use the dominant hand in a “S” shape, with fingers slightly apart and the palm facing inward.
  2. Hand location: Place the dominant hand near the center of the chest.
  3. Movement: Move the dominant hand downward in a small, circular motion, touching the chest lightly.
  4. Facial expression: Maintain a sincere and remorseful facial expression, reflecting genuine regret or apology.


This sign can also be used for expressing regret or asking for forgiveness in a situation where words may not be enough. Remember to always use this sign with empathy and sincerity, showing true remorse for any hurt or mistake you may have caused.

Learn how to say "thank you."

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