The sign for "please" is made
by placing your flat right hand over the center of your chest. Move your
hand in a clockwise motion (from the observer's point of view, use a circular
motion towards your left, down, right, and back up) a few times.
Student: Is the sign "please" just used in the context of
"this pleases me" or is also used as a question, as in, "Please do this"?
To sign "this pleases" me, you could use the sign "ENJOY."
To sign "please do this" I generally use "YOU MIND?"
Some signers feel that the concept "PLEASE" should
not be used in "true ASL" to ask people to "please do something."
Instead, they express the concept by using a "pleading"
For example, you could sign, "YOU MIND?" while using a hopeful / pleading facial
My observation is that "PLEASE" is indeed a well
established ASL concept and is in widespread use in the Deaf community. (Just
yesterday, I noticed a very skilled ASL signer using the sign "PLEASE" in a
vlog.) I do notice though that it tends to come at the end rather than at
the beginning of a sentence. It is more of an "add on" to show that the person
"really" wants something.
I also think that most students need to pay more attention to their facial
Student: What does it mean if you do this with
DrBill: It means "enjoy" or a version of