Learn how to ask for directions as well as how to give directions to a location in ASL sign language).
I know this topic isn't a favorite lesson in learning sign language. That's why you've probably come to this page in hope for... it's still boring, sorry. :o
Remember that direction is from the signer's perspective. If you're receiving a direction as a listener, you'd have to see from the signer's perspective.
If you're right-handed, use your right hand, signing TURN-RIGHT as shown in the video (from the signer's perspective).
If you're left-handed, use your left hand, signing TURN-RIGHT in the same direction as shown in the video. In other word, whether you're right-handed or left-handed, point to the right side of the signer's torso.
Like the previous illustration, as right-handed, use your right hand, signing TURN-LEFT toward the left side (again from the signer's perspective).
Vocabulary of locations: use the Search ASL button in the menu to look up the following words.
BOOKSTORE, BUILDING, FACTORY, HOSPITAL, LIBRARY, MUSEUM, POLICE (station), POST OFFICE, RESTAURANT, SHOP/STORE, THEATRE.
AVENUE, BRIDGE, CORNER, HIGHWAY, INTERSECTION, LIGHTS (traffic), STREET, TRAFFIC.
Vocabulary of directions:
ACROSS/CROSS, BETWEEN, GO STRAIGHT AHEAD, GO PAST, NEXT-to, OPPOSITE, TURN LEFT, TURN RIGHT, ...
Cross (the street).[video]
restaurant between the library and the office building.
To be added more later. (Psst, it looks like we both don't enjoy this topic.)
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