How to Sign “Student” in Sign Language

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Signing “Student”

  1. Hand shape: Your dominant hand should be in a bent “O” handshape. Your non-dominant hand should be in a “closed 5” handshape.
  2. Hand location: Bring both hands to about torso level. Your non-dominant hand palm should be facing up. Your dominant hand’s fingers should sit on top of the palm.
  3. Movement: Bring your dominant hand to your forehead (symbolizing learning). Then, bring your dominant hand back down and change the shape to a “closed 5” handshape to sign “person.”
  4. Facial expression: Keep a neutral facial expression.


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