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American Sign Language: "help"

The sign for "help" is made by closing your left hand into an "A."  Place the outstretched palm of your right hand under the left "A" hand and raise both hands.  Note: Some people do this sign by placing the right "A" hand on the left palm. (Do it however your local teacher or Deaf friends do it.)

HELP: "Do you need help?"

Sample sentence: "Do you need help learning sign?" = LEARN SIGN, NEED me-HELP-you?


Note: The sign for HELP is directional.  If you start it near yourself and move it toward someone else in and up, forward, then down arch it means "I will help you" or "I helped you" or (if you do it with raised eyebrows) "Do you want me to help you?"  You don't need separate signs for "ME" and "YOU."

If you are talking to someone in front of you and start the sign off to the right of you and bring it nearer to you it means, "he-HELP-me."

If you start the sign near the other person and bring it toward yourself it means:  "You help me." If you do it with raised eyebrows, "Will you help me?" 

Example: "Would you mind helping me tomorrow?"
= TOMORROW you-HELP-me you-MIND?


Some people do the sign "help" with an "S" hand. I don't do it like that. Neither does my wife. She really doesn't like the "S" variation. So if you are taking her class you should really not do it that way. (Wink.)

HELP (variation) (not recommended)

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