ASL University ►

American Sign Language: "check"

The word "check" has many different meanings and can be expressed in a variety of ways in ASL.  Make sure to match your sign to your meaning.

If you mean "check" as in "I will check with my supervisor and get back to you," "The teacher checked her student's paper," or "Check the fridge to see if we have milk" then you can use the "CHECK-(ascertain) sign.


If you mean "check" as in "investigate," "look-into," "research," or "verify," you can do the version of this sign that uses an index finger on the dominant hand and a "flat" handshape on the non-dominant hand and a double movement. See "INVESTIGATE"

If you mean "cheque" (as in a bank draft) or if you want to refer to an envelope or a card of some type you can use your index fingers and thumbs to draw a rectangle in the air that is about the size of the item you are representing.

RECTANGLE (check/cheque, envelope, card, etc.)

Animation: RECTANGLE


CHECK (version 2)
Place a downturned "C" hand on the palm-up left flat-hand. Slide the "C" hand forward a few inches.
Note:  This sign happens to also be one of the versions of the sign "CAKE."


If you mean "check" as in "I spent all weekend checking my student's papers," you might wish to use a certain sign that means "correcting." The sign I'm talking about is actually based on the sign for "cancel."  Yes, I know, it is a bit weird but it is true, the concepts of "to correct something" and "to cancel something" as well as the concept of "criticize" all use the same sign which is done by using the tip of your index finger to draw an "X" on your non-dominant palm.  See: CANCEL

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)