Make the sign for "spoon" by forming the letter "h" with the right
hand. Place your left palm facing upward. Lift the right hand from
your left hand toward your mouth a few times.
A student asks: What is the difference between the signs "spoon" and
Dr. Bill responds: I differentiate between the two by making the sign for spoon a
little faster and keep my right hand closer to the left hand. (The right doesn't travel as
close to the mouth when signing spoon as it does when sign soup).
Also, when signing spoon
I also tend to "drop" the bowl (left hand) after I ladle out of it twice with
the spoon. What I mean is I hold the left hand in a cupping shape then I use the
right index and middle finger (in a slightly curved "u" or "h"
shape) to represent the spoon. I scoop the "spoon" into the palm of
my left hand twice and then I immediately "drop/relax" my left-hand while still
holding the right hand for an extra moment or two. By relaxing or
dropping the left hand but
continuing to keep the right hand in the "spoon" shape it emphasizes that I'm
talking about a spoon.
For the sign, "soup" I keep the left hand
"in the picture" until the end of the sign. If you really need to
be clear, you can hold the bowl higher and bring the
"spoonful of soup" to within a couple inches of your mouth to emphasize the
"soup" aspect of the sign. But generally that isn't necessary
because your meaning is usually obvious from the rest of your sentence.
"What kind of soup do you like?" = SOUP, YOU LIKE WHAT-KIND?
Make the sign for "fork"
by forming your dominant hand into the letter "V." Poke the
palm of your non-dominant hand a couple times.
Note: Some people do this sign with a "W" hand instead of a "V" hand. I sort
of like the "W" version better because it looks less like the signs for
"stand" or "jump." But the "V" hand version is a solid sign and okay to use,
but only in context.
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