Few things can compare with the importance of family and friends. In this guide, you’ll learn the signs for all of your family members, the conversational signs for introducing family and friends to a deaf person, and how to answer the most common questions about family and friends that come up in conversation.
Here are some conversational signs that you can use when you’re communicating with a deaf person and want to introduce your family.
English: I am introducing my husband.
CS: INTRODUCE MY HUSBAND.
English: I’m happy you are here. This is my mother and father.
CS: HAPPY (GLAD) YOU HERE. THIS MOTHER, FATHER.
English: Do you have children?
CS: YOU HAVE CHILDREN?
English: One son.
CS: ONE SON.
FAMILY, GRANDFATHER, GRANDMOTHER, BROTHER, SISTER, WIFE, DAUGHTER, UNCLE, AUNT, NEPHEW, NIECE, COUSIN, CHILD
Here are some conversational signs that you can use when you’re communicating with a deaf person about friends and significant others.
English: Who is that man?
CS: WHO THAT MAN?
English: My best friend.
CS: MY BEST-FRIEND.
English: Do you love him?
CS: YOU LOVE HIM?
English: Yes. He is so cute.
CS: YES. HE CUTE.
BOY, GIRL, WOMAN, FRIEND, PERSON, PEOPLE, LOOK (APPEARANCE), SAME, DIFFERENT
With these basic sign language phrases you can start a great conversation. For more sign language help, check out our Quick Guides Sign Language 101: Basic Phrases, Sign Language 101: How to Sign the Alphabet, and Sign Language 101: Making Small Talk. Happy signing!
From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conversational Sign Language Illustrated by Carole Lazorisak and Dawn Donohue