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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 fish.


To turn COOK into CHEF, add the PERSON-[agent] sign:


Also see: STOVE


Context:  The more context -- the fewer signs are needed to sign something.
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 context.

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 then signs:

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 way.

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