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Giving and asking for directions in ASL

Learn how to ask for directions as well as how to give directions to a location in ASL (American Sign Language).

Pointers:

Remember that direction is from the signer's perspective. You as a listener 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).

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, ...

Go past.

Cross (the street).

[video]

restaurant between the library and the office building.

To be added more later.


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