Signs for ROBOT

Meaning: A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a complex series of actions or tasks automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.

The handshapes ("B" with closed thumb and with open thumb) are interchangeable.

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How many does Star Wars' C-3PO robot know languages? Six million languages. But...

C-3PO knows signed languages?
Screenshot from ASL Idioms FB page, November 2020

If signed languages are included (which I doubt), C-3PO would be definitely quite rustic and slow! It's all fantasy. C-3PO only speaks a few languages in the movie in the 1980s.

Aside fantasy, in reality, Honda Motor Co's ASIMO humanoid robot actually can speak a real (signed) language, I believe, JSL (Japanese Sign Language) in circa 2011. She's signing slowly, though. Ironically, I've seen ASIMO playing violin very fast in Japan. Heh.

A few years forward in 2014, Toshiba's Japanese humanoid robot Aiko Chihira can speak Japanese Sign Language (JSL) at beginner's level.

It gets better.

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

Search Tips and Pointers

Search/Filter: Enter a keyword in the filter/search box to see a list of available words with the "All" selection. Click on the page number if needed. Click on the blue link to look up the word. For best result, enter a partial word to see variations of the word.

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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.

For best result, enter a short word in the search box, then select the alphetical letter (and page number if needed), and click on the blue link.

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Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word with a different initial letter.

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. :)

Add a Word: This dictionary is not exhaustive; ASL signs are constantly added to the dictionary. If you don't find a word/sign, you can send your request (only if a single link doesn't show in the result).

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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.