How to Sign “Write” in Sign Language

Writing allows us to bring our thoughts and ideas to life, immersing ourselves in worlds we create with a simple stroke of a pen. Fun fact: did you know that the world's oldest known piece of literature is an epic poem written on clay tablets over 4,000 years ago?

Signing “Write”

  1. Hand shape: Start with your dominant hand in a “closed-X” handshape. Form your non-dominant hand into a “closed-5” handshape.
  2. Hand location: Bring your hands in front of your body at about chest level, with your non-dominant palm facing up.
  3. Movement: Move your dominant hand onto your non-dominant hand, as if writing on the paper that is your non-dominant hand.
  4. Facial expression: Keep a neutral facial expression.

Learn how to sign other verbs!

swim | run | walk | sprint | sleep | jog | climb | read | write | drive | drink | eat | laugh | cry | fly

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