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American Sign Language: "Africa"

The sign for "Africa" has gone through a few political debates.  A long time ago it was an "A" circling the face.

Then people started using a "loose C" handshape that uses a curved downward motion while changing into an "AND" handshape. (Which was considered politically correct and respectful since it was linked to the shape of the African continent and not linked to people's faces).

Some people go on a tirade if you don't sign things their way.  If people in your social circle sign it one particular way, by all means adopt that method but as for me, I recommend you do it the "newer way"


Africa:  (Newer, politically correct method) (recommended version)



AFRICA (Old method) (not recommended)


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