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SOCIALIZE: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "socialize / associate / social"
 

The sign for SOCIALIZE is typically produced with the "5" handshape or the "open-A" handshape.

The thumbs are pointing at each other facing up and down and move in a circular motion.

 

 

INTERACTION-[socialize / social / mingle]-[5-hand-version]:

 



 

ASSOCIATE / SOCIALIZE / EACH OTHER / ONE ANOTHER / HANG OUT WITH / MINGLE-[open-A-hand-version]:

 

 



Sample sentence: YOUR ASL TEACHER ENCOURAGE YOU ASSOCIATE-socialize DEAF? (Does your ASL teacher encourage you to socialize with Deaf people?)

 

 


 

If you wanted to covey the concept of ANTI-SOCIAL, you could sign:

 

 

ANTI-SOCIAL-[don't-LIKE-SOCIALIZING]:

 

 


 

SOCIAL MEDIA can be signed two ways:

 

SOCIAL MEDIA-[SOCIAL + M-E-D-I-A]:

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA-[S-M]:

 

 


 

Question: What is the difference in meaning between the loose-5-hands version of socialize and the open-A-hands version of socialized?

Response:
The loose hands version by virtue of the use of more fingers tends to mean more along the lines of social gatherings and mingling.
The open-A hands version tends to mean interact with, associate, interaction, etc. It can mean socialize as well.
So the two signs overlap quite a bit however the loose hands version would not fit as well if it is just "one" person is hanging out with "one" other person. So the open-A's version is a bit more flexible and has more meanings but would be slightly less fitting for a large social gathering with lots of general mingling.
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Notes: 

See: ENJOY

ASSOCIATE

FRIEND

CHAT




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