ASL University ►

American Sign Language: "California"

The sign for gold starts with a loose index-finger handshape pointing at the earlobe and then you shake a "Y" handshape.

But this is a "flexible" sign.  While most people use an index-finger or "L" hand as the first handshape in the sign for California; some people use a "five handshape."  


 I tend to just sign "gold" using the index finger and "y" handshape to mean, "California."



Model: Byron Cantrell (Native Deaf, Deaf School/Georgia, Deaf wife, Deaf kids, long-time ASL instructor.)
In everyday usage the sign CALIFORNIA "actually" starts with somewhat of a loose "L" hand (rather than a "tight" "index hand").  Quite often it starts with an "ILY" (I love you) handshape!


Memory aid: California is the Golden State.
The non-initialized sign for GOLD (the version that uses a "Y" hand) is the basis of the sign for California. 

You will also see quite a few people starting the sign for California with a "5" handshape rather than an "1" or "L" handshape. 


CALIFORNIA (version)


Also see:
Sacramento-Region Signs

You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University
ASL resources by    Dr. William Vicars

Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy DONATE (Thanks!)
(You don't need a PayPal account. Just look for the credit card logos and click continue.)

Another way to help is to buy something from the ASLU "Bookstore."

Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)   CHECK IT OUT >

Bandwidth slow?  Check out "" (a free mirror of less traffic, fast access)   VISIT >


back.gif (1674 bytes)