ASL Lessons | Bookstore | Library | ASL University Main ►

American Sign Language: "vitamin" or "vitamins"


To express the concept of a vitamin or vitamins, just spell "VIT"


One day my daughter Kelsey (around age 3 at the time) pointed to the medicine cabinet and did an interesting handshape/movement that looked like:

As it turned out, she was combining all three letters "V-I-T" into one handshape with a fluttering pinkie. The fact that her handshape was a combination of the English letters (VIT) didn't matter a bit to her.  What was important to her was that her sign represented the sweet-tasting chewable children's vitamins in the medicine cabinet.  As a "Coda" (child of Deaf adults), English was not a middleman for her.  The connection in her mind between her sign and the vitamins was direct. 
-Dr. Bill


*  Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy
DONATE  (Thanks!)

Another way to help is to buy something from Dr. Bill's "Bookstore."

Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)  

*  Also check out Dr. Bill's channel:

You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University  
ASL resources by    Dr. William Vicars