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LearnSigns 15: House

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David Peach

Tennessee

Description: Helping you learn American Sign Language in simple easy lessons.

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A simple lesson dealing with vocabulary from the home. Home House Door Window Chair Table Bed Shower Bathe Bathroom Light The chart to write out the 5 elements is downloadable as a PDF. The video above is captioned for those needing captioning. Be sure to click on the [CC] logo on the video player to see the captions. [spoiler] Hello! Welcome to LearnSigns.com lesson number 15. In this lesson I am going to talk about house words. HOUSE. This is the word HOME. HOME. And there is kind of the distinction in sign language that there is in spoken English. HOUSE would be the place and then HOME would be more the family. That idea. So, HOUSE you draw the roof and the walls. And then HOME. It is the place where you eat and sleep. That is the way you can think of it. You take all of your fingertips together and and you will show like you are eating. And then you put your hand up here by your temple. Eat and sleep. HOUSE. HOUSE and HOME. DOOR DOOR – You take and have one hand stationary and the other hand opens and closes. DOOR. You could say, “open the DOOR and close the DOOR.” WINDOW WINDOW – The same thing. You have one hand is stationary and the other hand shows the WINDOW sliding open and then closed. CHAIR CHAIR – This is your two little legs hanging off the edge of the CHAIR. CHAIR. There are variants of this. You could do SOFA. Or LOVE SEAT for two people. CHAIR. Now, SIT is the same sign. We will talk more about the distinction between nouns and verbs. But when it is the exact same sign then you can distinguish between nouns and verbs by doing the verb once, SIT. It is more like a single action SIT. And then CHAIR has a little bit of a bounce. However, many times you don’t need to make a distinction because where we might say in English, “sit in the CHAIR.” The truth is if you tell somebody to sit and you are pointing to something, then it doesn’t make any sense to say, “in the CHAIR.” You can just say SIT. Right there. And if there is a CHAIR there, then that is where they SIT. If it is a rock, then that is where they SIT. So you don’t have to make that distinction. Now when you do have a noun and a verb that has the same sign then the verb is a single action and the noun has a little bit of a bounce to it. SIT and CHAIR TABLE TABLE – It is just take like your “I Dream of Genie” hands. TABLE. Drop it down. WINDOW is with the palms towards you. WINDOW. And TABLE is with your palms down. BED BED – Take your Bs or your mitten hands and you put them side by side like you are sleeping. BED. BED. SHOWER SHOWER – Remember this is SUN. You do a circle and then you do the SUN onto yourself. It can also be used for GRACE. We talked about that. GRACE is towards you and SUN would be more out. SUN. But this is where it kind of pulses in and out. SHOWER SHOWER BATHE – Take your A-hands and you are going to bathe. You are going to rub. Either alternating or together. BATHE. Either one of those. BATHROOM – Two signs for BATHROOM. You can do BATHROOM with RR which is RESTROOM. BATHROOM. Or you shake the letter T. BATHROOM BATHROOM or BATHROOM. Either one. LIGHT – This also has a couple of different signs. You take your...your 8 and you are going to flick the middle finger up. And you are going to do it right at your chin. LIGHT. LIGHT. That is one sign for it. Another is to take and do a light towards yourself. Kind of like SUN has a circle and goes out. LIGHT is above you and the LIGHT comes down. LIGHT. Or LIGHT. Either one. Alright, so let’s go through those again. HOUSE HOME DOOR WINDOW CHAIR TABLE BED SHOWER BATHE BATHROOM or BATHROOM LIGHT or LIGHT Now, in lesson number 11 I talked about something, the 5 different elements. Something you could do to write down signs is to list the 5 different elements of shape, location, movement, orientation and non-manual elements like the way you move your mouth,

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