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American Sign Language: "year"

The sign for "year" is made by forming both hands into the letter "S."  If you are right handed, rotate your right hand completely around the left. The right hand should come to rest on top of the left. 


Memory aid: Think of the earth circling the sun in one year's time. 

"How many years have you lived here?" 


Note: There is a "casual" way of doing the "YEAR" sign that holds the right hand (if you are right handed) above the left hand and does a very quick, small rotating movement. The difference is in the "casual version: the right hand stays above the left hand and doesn't actually circle the left hand. It comes to rest upon the top of the left hand.

For more information:
Also see: YEAR (advanced)
Also see: ANNUAL
Also see: LAST-YEAR (version 2)
Also see: YEARS


In a message dated 2/28/2012 4:00:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, Vicki (an interpreter in Alaska) writes:

How do we sign 2012 now?
- Vicki

Hello :)
You'll see it a couple ways out in the community, but personally, I do it "20" "12" (each number having only one movement since it is a compound).
-- Bill

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