Expressing manners and etiquette in sign language

Learn how to express manners, using ASL phrases such as "I'm sorry", "you're welcome", etc.

Expressing appreciation in ASL

Gloss: thank-you or thanks

ASL: welcome
English equivalent: you are welcome

There is no need to sign you since it is already understood in general contexts. When somebody says "thank you", you reply welcome in ASL.

Do not say your welcome in ASL. Understandably, it is common to see some English-speaking people saying "ur welcome" or "your welcome" in North America because it comes from the sound of you're welcome where it is the contraction of you are welcome. It might sound okay, if not strictly incorrect, in English, but it absolutely does not look right in ASL.

Expressing apologies in ASL.

Gloss: ix-me sorry.

English equivalent: I am sorry.

Gloss: sorry

This is often used when referring to oneself rather than including the pronoun.

ASL vocabulary

Open the dictionary open new window in a new smaller window. Learn the following words that you will use the phrases later.

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