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KITCHEN: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "kitchen"

The sign for "kitchen" has a couple of widely used variations.


Also may be referred to as kitchenette.


A popular version of "kitchen" uses an "initialized" form of the sign for "cook."  You flip a "K" over on your palm as if turning a piece of food.


KITCHEN (two-handed version)

For an animation, see: KITCHEN (one-handed version)

Sample sentence: "Why do Deaf people prefer the kitchen?" = WHY DEAF FAVORITE KITCHEN?


Another way you may see "kitchen" signed is by using a "K" handshape and making a small side to side movement.  This version is particularly good for times when you only have one hand available to sign. (For example if you are holding a cup of hot chocolate, a baby, or a phone.) 

KITCHEN (one-handed version)

For an animation, see: KITCHEN (one-handed version)


KITCHEN (version 3)
Some people in their zeal to avoid English initials have chosen to just sign COOK and rely on context for others to figure out that they mean "kitchen." 


KITCHEN (version 4)
Some people sign "COOK"+"ROOM."
However it is not the norm for language users to continue using a word or sign that takes "more" effort when there are options available that take less effort.  So it will be interesting over time to see what happens with the sign for KITCHEN. 




Sample sentence: I put my vacuum and broom in the kitchen closet.





Good lighting is an important part of visual gestural communication.  Deaf people tend to gravitate to rooms and areas where there is good lighting.  Kitchens are typically well lit. When my wife and I go to a restaurant we tend to look around for a table with good lighting (but where there isn't a bright window directly behind one of us - since it is hard to see someone's face if they are in front of a window which is streaming bright light).


Also see: COOK




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