How to Sign Thank You in Sign Language

What could be more inclusive than showing appreciation using the sign for "thank you" in American Sign Language (ASL). This sign clearly and directly lets you express your appreciation to someone, regardless of whether they are Deaf or hard of hearing. It’s a core term for beginning your journey learning sign language.

Signing "Thank You"

  1. Hand Position: Begin with an open hand, fingers together and thumb extended away from the palm (similar to a flat "B" handshape).
  2. Starting Position: Place your hand near your mouth/chin, with your palm facing your body and fingers pointing up.
  3. Movement: Move your hand forward, away from your chin and slightly down in a short arc, ending with your palm still facing yourself and the outside of your hand facing the person you are thanking. The motion originates from the elbow, not the wrist. It's as if you're blowing a kiss or sending your gratitude forward.

Tips and Tricks

Facial expressions are also crucial in ASL. While signing "thank you," a genuine and appreciative facial expression enhances the sincerity of your gratitude.

Learn how to sign: "You're Welcome"

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