Definition: A food preparation in the form of a paste or solid block made from roasted and ground cacao seeds, typically sweetened.

Tip for ASL students: Don't confuse CHOCOLATE with CHURCH. They are sometimes (actually often, very common in ASL 101) mixed up for ASL beginners.

Pronunciation: Right-handed movement: circular (clockwise).

Minimal Pairs

Movement: CHURCH.

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.]

ASL written for CHOCOLATE

Written ASL digit for "CHOCOLATE". [Contributed by ASLwrite, 2019]

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Cultural Anecdote

There were several times when the busy Deaf mom asked her coda in ASL, translated as "Please let me know when the hot water is boiling." The coda nodded and went on her reading a book.

One day, the water in a pot boiled for a bit while. The Deaf mom asked her 9-year-old coda "Don't you hear the water boiling and boiling? How is that so?"

The kid shook her head. Mom scratched her head, "Really? Honestly?" The kid asserted that she didn't hear, "It's quiet." Quiet? Are you kidding?

Mom doubtfully looked at the coda, "Sure? You couldn't hear the water boiling loudly. Yet, you could hear me unwrapping my secret chocolate and you suddenly showed up." -- Handspeak, 2020

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