The sign for "INTERESTING" also can mean interested, or appreciate
(appreciation). "INTERESTING" is basically a two-handed version of "like." The hands
change from loose "five" handshapes into "eight" handshapes.
Sample sentence: BOOK YOU THINK INTERESTING, what-NAME? (What is the
name of a book that you think is interesting.)
The sign INTERESTING has some other versions. All three versions are
good and worth knowing if you are going to be hanging out in the Deaf
Version 2: Do the sign higher up. The dominate hand (in a sort
of 5 handshape with the thumb and middle finger bent inward a bit) start
from near the tip of the nose and moves forward as it changes to an "8"
handshape. The non dominate hand uses the same handshapes and starts from
the chest area.
This version of INTERESTING also starts with the dominant hand near the
nose and the non-dominant hand near the chest. The beginning handshape is
that of an "open-X" (it sort of looks like you are getting ready to wipe
your nose with a Kleenex tissue). Both hands move forward and change into
modified A-hands (sort of a cross between "A" and "X" hands).
"258" means "very interesting."
If a Deaf person ever jokingly signs to you the numbers
"2, 5, 8" what they mean is "very interesting." The
two comes from the initialized English sign for VERY. (The English sign
VERY uses a "V" as the handshape and uses a position, palm
orientation, and movement similar to the sign "BIG." Which is
to say, the Signed English sign "VERY" is an initialized version of
the ASL sign "BIG.") ASL doesn't use the sign
"VERY," rather ASL uses exaggerated movement, body language, and
facial expression to indicate the idea of "very." For example
if I want to express the concept of "VERY MAD" in ASL I would use
just use the sign
for "MAD" (without adding the sign VERY) but I'd do the sign for MAD faster, hold the last part of the sign
longer, and contort my facial expression to resemble the Hulk with a wedgie.
The ASL sign INTERESTED and the English phrase "other interests of mine" do
not line up semantically. The sign INTERESTED tends to be interpreted as or
convey meanings to the effect of:
"that is interesting" or "I'm interested in..."
but not the meaning of: "an interest of mine is…" or "my interests
Instead you'd be better off using phrases such as:
I ENJOY what-DO?-(rhetorical) …
Or even "I LIKE…"
Thus if you sign, "I INTEREST READ…" it somewhat comes across as "Reading is
something I have been thinking about doing." It does not come across
as "One of my interests (hobbies / pasttimes) is reading
You can instead sign "I LIKE READ" which actually does mean "I like to
Another approach (instead of referring to your "interests") is to refer to
your hobbies. Some people use the sign for "HABIT" to mean hobbies,
but many native Deaf just spell "hobby" or sign "like #DO." (Which uses the
what-DO sign without the furrowed brow facial expression or actually raises
the eyebrows to turn the sign into a rhetorical question which they then
Also see: ENJOY: There is an actual sign for
ENJOY (it looks and is signed like a two-handed version of PLEASE.)
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