How to tell MONTH in a calendar in ASL
Learn how to express months of the year in American Sign Language.
The ASL signs for the months of a year are usually fingerspelled in abbreviation. Eg. JAN for January, FEB for February, MARCH for March, APRIL for April, MAY for May, JUN for June, JULY for July, AUG for August, SEPT for September, OCT for October, NOV for November, and DEC for December.
The speed of fingerspelling is normal. If you find them too fast, remember to pay attention to the configuration (shape and movement) of the word, not letter by letter.
Practice listening (with your eyes) and repeat watching the fingerspelled abbreviations to improve your receptive skill.
The following illustrations demonstrate some ASL signs how to express a number of months.
The base word (or morpheme) month can be modified by incorporating with an ASL number between one and nine. For example, three months above. For the numbers after ten, you sign a number and then "month".
Frequency of months
The following illustrations demonstrate some ASL signs how to to express a frequency of month(s).
The base word (or morpheme) monthly can be modified by incorporating with a number between one and nine. For example, bimonthly above, "every three months", "every six months", etc. The repetition of the sign (movement) is generally twice.
Related lesson: how to tell YEAR in ASL.