Signs for BREATHE

Definition: To take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process.

Production/pronunciation: Either handshape "5" (more natural) or close "5" is acceptable. Two-handed hands (one hand below the other) on the torso moves forward twice.

Related signs: PUFF, EXHALE, INHALE, PANT.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

Written ASL for BREATHE

ASL writing (with the modified 3D version) for BREATHE. The dash under the movement line represents the table-view plane.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Deaf Art

Deaf Black art by Yusuf Yahya
"My Heart Breathe for You" (2020) by Yusuf Yahya. Oil and acrylic on 20"x20" canvas.

In Yusuf's artist statement, he explains that the Black man shows the ASL sign "breathe" on the blue heart. This image refers to the George Floyd tragedy. Floyd died from not being able to breathe while the white police officer held Floyd down on the neck and ignored Floyd repeatedly telling, "I can't breathe, officer."

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