To indicate "Michigan" fingerspell the letters M-I-C-H.
In a message dated 3/23/2012 6:11:40 A.M. Pacific Daylight
Time, fedearin@ writes:
Dear Dr. Bill,
Hi, I work in a State Park in Michigan where we occasionally
get deaf guests that I would like to better service by
learning ASL. ...
A question I have to ask people every day is whether they
live in Michigan or not (admittance rates vary by if you are
a resident). Do you think it would be acceptable to sign our
state code M-I for Michigan or should I spell the entire
word out? Lastly, to ask them if they live in Michigan,
would I sign Michigan + you + live?
Just fingerspell the letters M-I-C-H.
If I were you, to ask folks if they live in Michigan I'd sign, YOU
LIVE HERE M-I-C-H YOU? (with raised eyebrows). You could drop
the sign HERE and it would still work. The raised eyebrows and
repeating YOU at the end is the equivalent of the auxiliary "do"
phrase, as in "Do you...?" -- and makes it clear that you are asking
for a response.
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