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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "United States of America (U.S.A.)"
The concept of the "United States of America" can be expressed a few ways.

 

One version is produced by the letters / initials "U" and "S" moving in a circular motion.

 

U.S.

 

 

Another version is the same as the U.S. version except the sign for "America" is included.

 

United States of America:

 


 

Signs for "states" in the United States have quite a few variations.  If you learn a sign for a state out of a book or on a website and later a local ASL native (from that state) tells you "That isn't how it is signed. Sign it this way..." -- pay attention and learn another way to sign that state and use the same sign as the local native Deaf adults (particularly those who went to residential schools).

Below are some fairly common versions of states.  If your local teacher prefers something else, hey, he or she gives the grade eh?

 


Note: Some states and cities have signs others you fingerspell.

 

Alabama:  Fingerspell "ALA"


Alaska: Fingerspell "Alaska" or do the "fur around face" sign.

 

 

 

ALASKA-[advanced/casual version]:

 

Arizona: Fingerspell "Arizona" or do the "A" at the corners of the mouth sign.

 

 


Arkansas
Fingerspell "ARK" 

 

California:  ILY-hand index fingertip to earlobe swing once into a "Y"-hand.

 
Colorado:  Do a "C" arc on the forearm or sign [COLOR and spell "do" or "ado"] or spell Fingerspell "Colorado" (Some people just spell "COLO" but that feels weird to me.)

 

COLOR + DO-[version]:

 

Connecticut:  CONN

 

 

Delaware:  DEL

 

   

 

Florida:  FLA

 

Georgia:  GA

 

Hawaii:  Spell or H-FACE or FACE

 

HAWAII-[initialized-version]:

 

HAWAII-[non-initialized-version] / face / looks:

 

Idaho:  Spell or "potato"

 

 

 

Illinois:  Spell ILL but it ends up looking like ILY sign.

 

 

ASL ILY

 

Indiana:  IND  (Using a bit of a bounce)

 

 

INDIANA-[version]:

 

Iowa:  Spell

 

 

Kansas: Spell, or KAN-(some-people-sign), KS

 

 

 

KANSAS-[ks-version]:

 

Kentucky:  KY

 

 

Louisiana:  L sideways movement into an "A"

 

 

Maine:  Spell or sign "profit"

 

 

 

Maryland:  MD

 

Massachusetts: MASS 

 

 

Michigan:  MICH

 

 

Minnesota:  MINN

 

 

Mississippi:  MISS

 

 

Missouri:  sideways-M into an O

 

Montana: spell or sign MUSEUM

 

 

MONTANA-[museum version]:

 

MONTANA / MCDONALD'S:

 

Nebraska:  NEB


Nevada: spell or NEV

 

 

 

New Hampshire: NH

 

 

New Jersey:  NJ

 

 

New Mexico:  NM

 

 

New York:  palm-down-Y sliding on non-dominant-palm

 

NEW YORK:

 

NEW YORK-[one-movement-version]:

 

North Carolina: NC

 

 

North Dakota:  ND (with a modified D)

 

 

Ohio: Spell

 

 

Oklahoma:  OKLA-(lexicalized with a bit of a clockwise arc from the signer perspective)

 

 

Oregon:  Spell or circle an O in the air.

 

 

OREGON-[circled-O-version]:

 

OREGON-[shoulder version / not recommended]:

 

Pennsylvania:  sideways-P changes into an "A"

 

 

Rhode Island:  RI

 

 

South Carolina: SC

 

 

South Dakota: SD with a modified D

 

 

Tennessee:  TENN

 

 

Texas:  X moves in a "7 path" (draw a 7 in the air with an X-hand)

 

Utah:  Spell

 

 

Vermont:  VT

 

 

Virginia:  VA

 

 

Washington:  W moves forward off of the shoulder 

 

West Virginia:  Sign WEST then VA.  Note: Some people move the W to the right.

 

 

 

Wisconsin:  WIS or WISC

 

 

 

Wyoming:  WYO (a bit lexicalized with a dip on the Y)

 

 


 

United States Territories:

 

Washington, DC

 

Puerto Rico

 



Notes: 
See: America

See: North America

See: South America

See: COUNTRIES




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