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American Sign Language: "cook"
The sign for "
cook" uses "flat hands."
The dominant hand represents a piece of food.
The non-dominant hand represents a cooking surface. Put the food on the
cooking surface and then turn the food over.
Memory aid: The sign for cook is sort of like flipping a hamburger patty or a
To turn COOK into CHEF, add the PERSON-[agent] sign:
Also see: STOVE
Context: The more context -- the fewer signs are needed to sign
For example, suppose I asked you how to sign:
"Have you ever taken a cooking class?"
Before showing me any signs, a good response would be to ask me what is the
Why? Because depending on the context we can use fewer signs.
Suppose the context is: Two people chatting and person "A" asks person "B"
if they have ever taken a cooking class. Person "B" responds with "NO" and
Thus given enough context the "right" way to sign "Have you ever taken a
cooking class?" -- the right way to sign it would be to:
Look at your conversation partner, raise your eyebrows, and point at them.
If you sign any more than that -- you are using more signs than would be
culturally and contextually appropriate and thus signing in a non-native
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