How to tell ASL cardinal numbers: 1 to 100

Translation: number

Learn the numbers from one to hundred in both receptive and expressive skills. Watch the video and practice the numbers. For individual numbers, you also can check them in the ASL dictionary.

The video shows the numbers from zero to 100 with some tips.

There are some rules for the ASL cardinal numbers from one to 100. Please note that some of these grammatical rules are not the same in other contexts.

Numbers with the palm in and out

For example, your palm is in -- facing you as a signer -- for the cardinal numbers one through five, but it comes to a different rule when telling ages. That is, your palm faces out for the ages one through five.

For the cardinal numbers one through five, your palm is in, facing you as the signer. For the numbers six through nine, your palm is out -- facing outward from the signer's perspective.

For the numbers eleven through fifteen, your palm is in. For the rest of the numbers except for the number 21, the palm is out.

The twenty's

The numbers 20 through 29 have different handshapes from the number two. So better practice on these numbers more. Use the "L" handshape for the "2" part from 23 to 29.

The bounce numbers

Like fingerspelling in alphabetical letters, signers don't bounce each letters with a few exceptions. Likewise in numbers, one doesn't bounce the numbers, except for the double numbers, such as 22, 33, 44, and so on up to 99. Except for 11.

The rocking numbers

The numbers between 67 and 69, 76 and 96, 86 and 89, 96 and 98 are called the rocking numbers. The movement is sideway leftward or rightward, depending on the higher-to-lower and lower-to-higher numbers.

For the numbers from lower to higher (e.g. 67, 78, 89, etc.), move sideway leftward from the signer's perspective. For the numbers from higher to lower (e.g. 87, 96, 76, etc.), move sideway rightward from the signer's perspective.

Activities or exercises

There are different ways for practicing numbers in classes, in sign language clubs or with partners.

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