ASL review for: Germany

Definition: A Western republic country in central Europe.

Pronunciation (production): Dominant "5" (handshape), dominant side-bottom-wrist in contact with passive side-top-wrist (location and orientation), fingers of both hands wiggle (movement).

Mnemonic tip: the sign is similar to the German emblem/symbol (eagle). This age-old ASL sign has been around since as far back as recorded in the 1913 film!

As evidently shown in this 1913 film "The Preservation of American Sign Language", George Veditz signed "Germany" which is still the same to this day.

Signs of the cities in Germany: Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Nuremberg.


Ask Q, Answer Q

Q: I have seen a few signers using the other sign -- upright forefinger on the forehead. Is this another way of signing?

A: That's the sign in German SL as well as in International Sign where Deaf travelers and globe-trotters use. We sometimes borrow signs from other signed languages if we don't have ones in ASL. Otherwise, use the existing ASL signs. We wouldn't wish other countries to drop their original signs for "USA" and "Canada" to use ASL signs if they already have their own native signs for "USA" and "Canada" to preserve the diversity of and to respect for different signs around the world for "Canada" and "USA". The same for the way around.

Review 101 words. Refresher.

  1. about
  2. after
  3. again
  4. age
  5. alone
  6. always
  7. and
  8. animal
  9. answer
  10. ask
  11. ask away
  12. ASL - American Sign Language
  13. bad
  14. bathroom
  15. beard
  16. beautiful
  17. before
  18. begin
  19. big
  20. black
  21. blue
  22. book
  23. born
  24. both
  25. boy
  26. brother
  27. brown
  28. but
  29. buy
  30. bye-bye
  31. can
  32. car
  33. cat
  34. chair
  35. change
  36. child, children
  37. city
  38. class
  39. clear
  40. cloth, clothes
  41. coffee
  42. cold
  43. college
  44. color
  45. come
  46. copy
  47. correct
  48. count
  49. country
  50. cup
  51. dance
  52. day to day, day after day
  53. dead, death
  54. deaf
  55. different
  56. dog
  57. done
  58. door
  59. drawing
  60. dress
  61. drink
  62. duty
  63. easy
  64. eight (8)
  65. eighteen (18)
  66. eleven
  67. English
  68. enjoy
  69. everyday
  70. example
  71. excited
  72. eyeglasses
  73. fall in love
  74. family
  75. fast
  76. father
  77. few
  78. fifteen (15)
  79. find
  80. fine
  81. fingerspell
  82. finish
  83. fish
  84. fishing
  85. five (5)
  86. floor
  87. follow
  88. food
  89. for
  90. forget
  91. four
  92. fourteen
  93. French
  94. Friday
  95. friend
  96. from
  97. game
  98. Germany
  99. get
  100. girl
  101. give
  102. go
  103. good
  104. goodbye
  105. grandfather
  106. grandmother
  107. gray
  108. green
  109. group
  110. grow
  111. hair
  112. happy
  113. hard
  114. hard of hearing
  115. hat
  116. have
  117. he
  118. hearing
  119. hello
  120. help
  121. hide
  122. high
  123. high school
  124. holiday
  125. home
  126. homework
  127. hot
  128. hour
  129. house
  130. how
  131. how much
  132. idea
  133. if
  134. Internet
  135. jacket
  136. jot
  137. jump
  138. keep
  139. know
  140. language
  141. last
  142. late
  143. later
  144. learn
  145. left-handed
  146. letter
  147. like (feeling)
  148. like (similar)
  149. little
  150. live
  151. long
  152. look
  153. look at
  154. look for
  155. look like
  156. lose
  157. lose (game)
  158. love
  159. love it
  160. low
  161. make
  162. man
  163. many
  164. maybe
  165. mean, meaning
  166. meet
  167. midweek
  168. milk
  169. minus
  170. minute
  171. money
  172. month
  173. more
  174. morning
  175. most
  176. mother
  177. move
  178. movie
  179. much
  180. must
  181. my
  182. name
  183. near
  184. need
  185. never
  186. new
  187. next
  188. night
  189. nine (9)
  190. no
  191. not
  192. nothing
  193. now
  194. number
  195. office
  196. offspring
  197. often
  198. ok, okay
  199. old
  200. on
  201. one
  202. open
  203. opposite
  204. orange
  205. other
  206. overnight
  207. pants
  208. paper
  209. parent
  210. pay attention
  211. pen
  212. people
  213. person
  214. picture
  215. pink
  216. pizza
  217. play
  218. please
  219. pointless
  220. pop
  221. practice
  222. pretty
  223. purple
  224. question
  225. rabbit
  226. read
  227. ready
  228. receive
  229. receptive
  230. red
  231. remember
  232. right (correct)
  233. room
  234. roommate
  235. Sabbath
  236. same
  237. Saturday
  238. say
  239. scheme
  240. school
  241. see
  242. sentence
  243. seven (7)
  244. seventeen
  245. shape
  246. she
  247. shirt
  248. shoes
  249. should
  250. show
  251. sick
  252. sign language
  253. sign, signed word
  254. since
  255. sister
  256. sit
  257. six (6)
  258. sixteen (16)
  259. slow
  260. small
  261. some
  262. sometimes
  263. soon
  264. sorry
  265. Spanish
  266. stand
  267. start
  268. stay
  269. still
  270. stop
  271. store
  272. story
  273. student
  274. study
  275. study group
  276. subtitle
  277. subtract
  278. success, successful
  279. sun
  280. Sunday
  281. sure
  282. table
  283. take
  284. talk
  285. tea
  286. teach
  287. teacher
  288. team
  289. tell
  290. ten
  291. test
  292. thank, thank you
  293. that
  294. their
  295. they
  296. think
  297. thirteen (13)
  298. three
  299. throw
  300. tired
  301. today
  302. tomorrow
  303. too
  304. travel
  305. try
  306. Tuesday
  307. twelve (12)
  308. two
  309. understand
  310. university
  311. use
  312. vacation
  313. very
  314. visit
  315. voice
  316. wait
  317. walk
  318. want
  319. warm
  320. watch
  321. water
  322. wedding
  323. Wednesday
  324. week
  325. weekday
  326. what
  327. when
  328. where
  329. which
  330. white
  331. who
  332. why
  333. will
  334. win
  335. window
  336. with
  337. woman
  338. word
  339. work
  340. write
  341. write down
  342. writing
  343. wrong
  344. yellow
  345. yes
  346. yesterday
  347. you
  348. your