Dear Dr. Bill,
My name is Helen. I've been teaching myself sign language at
home from your website for the benefit of my babies. Already
my 15 month old daughter knows quite a few signs. :-)
We are hearing people but the signs help my kids communicate before they
can even speak.
So there are a few words that come up often but i didn't
find the signs for them on your website. These words are
SNACK and DESSERT. I was wondering if you could send me a
description of how to sign these if there is a particular
Thank you for helping us learn,
The sign for DESSERT holds two "D" hands in front of you. The hands
are horizontal, the index fingers pointing forward. Start with the
hands about 3 inches apart. Bring the "D's" together so and tap the
bellies of the D's twice.
-- Dr. Bill
p.s. For "snack" see:
In a message dated 1/31/2014 10:57:22 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Hello Dr Bill,
I am in need of some clarification on two signs if you wouldn't mind
helping. In reviewing "DESSERT" it seems to be two D hands coming
together at the belly of the D. But, I have come across the phrase
"TO DATE" and it seems to be that same description. I am confused by
this and in context it may get a little weird.
Thank you for your help,
DATE is upright, DESSERT is horizontal.
By that I mean, the index fingers of the "D" hands in the sign for
DATE are pointing upward. Whereas the index fingers of the "D" hands
in the sign DESERT are pointing (generally) forward.
- Dr. Bill
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