Use a squished "O" hand as if stuffing a piece of food into your mouth.
(Keep your mouth closed though. Thanks.)
If there are several people and/or a lot of eating going on you might see
EAT done with two hands:
"Last night my family ate popcorn and watched a movie."
The sign for "eat" and the sign for "food" are used pretty much interchangeably. Technically the sign
eat should be a single motion, and the sign for food should be a double motion
(if you consider these signs a noun/verb pair). But what about the concept
of "eating?" I use a double motion to indicate a process is
taking place. How about "pig out?" For that I use both hands. In any case, I wouldn't get uptight about this sign.
If your teacher wants it one way or the other...do it his/her way. If you get
corrected by a Deaf person, just smile and try to remember to sign it that
way around that person.
Sentence: "What is your favorite food?"
= YOUR FAVORITE FOOD WHAT?
"In real life" as signed by Deaf native or "near native" signers -- the
concept of "food" is often signed with "one movement."
Yes, yes, I know that many ASL 1 students have been taught by their ASL 1
instructors to do FOOD with two movements.
Yes, yes, I know many Deaf Studies majors have been taught by their
linguistics instructors that nouns of noun / verb pairs are typically done
with a repeated movement and verbs are done with a single movement.
"In real life" however -- it is *very* common to see FOOD signed with a
It is so common that I would suggest to you that an ASL teacher should "not"
mark a student wrong for signing FOOD with a single movement.
Double movement signing of the concept "food" would tend to show up in
"teacher-talk," "motherese," "novice-signing," "citation forms in
dictionaries or curricula," "in low-context situations," in sentences
involving both the concept "food" and the concept "eat," and on the hands of
"people who have taken ASL linguistics classes." (Heh.)
An example of when the sign FOOD might be done with a single movement is
when it is signed at high speed as part of a list of other items. Suppose
you were to see a person sign:
Tomorrow there will be will music, discussion, food and activities.
"TOMORROW WILL MUSIC, DISCUSSION, FOOD, EVENTS.
Chances are that he / she / they would do the sign FOOD in that sentence
with a single movement.
Another example is when it is signed at high speed in a phrase such as "...
I'll provide here a few links to examples of FOOD with a single movement: