Signs for H

ASL signs for H

Definition: The eighth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.

Previous letter: G and next letter I.

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.]

How to write ASL for letter H

Written ASL digit for the alphabetical letter H. [Contributed by ASLwrite, 2019]

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Fingerspelling exercises

For those of you ASL beginners, it's an opportunity for you to practice your receptive practice in fingerspelling. Otherwise, enjoy the video.

The bilingual kindergarten Juli is doing her homework with her bilingual ASL-speaking mother. Juli's learning how to write the English words that start with "H" but both gals are talking in ASL (American Sign Language).

ASL Handshape H/U

Asides from the English letter H, let's brainstorm what ASL words that start with the handshape H/U (with the thumb closed)?

HARD-OF-HEARING, HARRY-POTTER, HOLY, HONEST, NAME, NURSE, KNIFE, SHORT (variation), SIT, SOON (regional variation)

Note that many other signs start with the handshape H with open thumb, such as BUTTER, HOSPITAL, FUNNY, CUTE, etc.

Some ASL signs with the handshape H can do with either closed or open thumb (phonological variation), such as NORMAL, NATURAL.

Feeling lucky? (random word)

Basic word starters: learn / ASL / sign language / alphabet / love / I love you / please / thank you / welcome...

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Alphabetical letters: It's useful for 1) a single-letter word (such as A, B, etc.) and 2) very short words (e.g. "to", "he", etc.) to narrow down the words and pages in the list.

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If you cannot find (perhaps overlook) a word but you can still see a list of links, then keep looking until the links disappear! Sharpening your eye or maybe refine your alphabetical index skill. :)

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Grammar: ASL has its own grammar and structure in sentences that works differently from English. For plurals, verb inflections, word order, etc., learn grammar in the "ASL Learn" section. For search in the dictionary, use the present-time verbs and base words. If you look for "said", look up the word "say". Likewise, if you look for an adjective word, try the noun or vice versa. E.g. The ASL signs for French and France are the same. If you look for a plural word, use a singular word.

Inflection: Many ASL words, especially verbs, in the dictionary are a "base"; be aware that many of them are grammatically inflectable within ASL sentences. Some entries have sentence examples.

Variation: Some ASL signs have regional (and generational) variations across North America. Some common variations are included as much as possible, but for specifically local variations, interact with your local community to learn their local variations.

Contextual meaning: Some ASL signs in the dictionary may not mean the same in different contexts and/or ASL sentences. You will see some examples in video sentences.

ASL is very much alive and indefinitely constructable as any spoken language. The best way to use ASL right is to immerse in daily language interactions and conversations with Deaf/Ameslan people (or ASLians).