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ASL Basics: Family Signs – How to sign mom, dad, brother, sister, and more in American Sign Language

Today is all about family. Let’s learn
the basics! Hello everybody! If you’re new to the
channel, my name is Chris Gorges, I’ve been involved with the deaf community
for over 10 years, both my wife and I are certified interpreters here in
California and we’ve really gotten to enjoy teaching other sign language. So, if
you are interested in learning sign language yourself, please hit that
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with all the newest lessons. And if you want even more resources you can check and there we will have links to all of our videos, our lessons,
tips and tricks, advice, encouraging interviews, just a lot of really good
resources there. So, I encourage you to go check it out. So the first two signs that
I want to show you are for mom and for dad. The first one you will be making
the open five handshape, you’ll put your thumb on your chin like this for Mom. For
dad you’ll do the same handshape and you’ll put it on your forehead like this,
Dad. Mom and Dad. If you wanted to sign parents you would just combine the two
and you’d go like this for parents. For grandparents it’ll be very similar
except they’ll extend from the chin or from the forehead depending on the sign.
Let me show you so for a grandmother or for Grandma you would do the sign for
mom but then it goes out for a generation. For grandfather or grandpa it
would be the same thing you would do the sign for dad but it will go out for a
generation. mom, grandma, dad, grandpa. The next two
signs I will show you will be for son and for daughter. And again this will be
signed two different ways depending on where you live or depending on whom you
might associate with. The more common way that I’ve seen it is you make a fist
with your non-dominant hand and you make B handshape with the other, and son will
come from the forehead down to your fist, and daughter will come down from your
chin down to your fist. You could also do it with an open hand shape or you could
also do, son or daughter. If you’re talking about all of your
children or all of your kids, you could sign children. You can think of just kind
of tapping their heads as they’re lined up in a row or for kids you’d make this
handshape and you go like this. Children, kids. The next two signs will be brother
and sister and this also has variations depending on where you live. So the most
common way that I’ve seen it is like this for brother and like this for
sister. You may also see it with L hand shapes like this brother and sisters and
there may be other minor variations of the way that is signed, but typically
you’ll have one fist here one fist here and they’ll come down and meet each
other for brother and for sister. The next two is for uncle and aunt.
So for uncle you’ll make the you handshape and you’ll put it next to your
forehead, uncle or uncle. The sign for aunt you’ll make the a handshape and
you’ll shake it like this, aunt, uncle, aunt. For niece and nephew you will be
making the N handshape like this or like this, and you would shake it just like
you did uncle and aunt. Nephew, niece. So we’re almost there we have two more
signs, cousin and baby. So for cousin it’s actually going to be
dependent upon whether it is a male cousin or a female cousin. So for a male
cousin you’ll make the c handshape and you’ll shake it near your forehead like
this if it’s a female cousin you’ll do the same handshape C for cousin and
you’ll shake it down near your jawline. And for all of these signs you may start
sensing a pattern. All of the male signs are near the forehead while all of the
female signs are near the chin. Just like Spanish sign language has masculine and
feminine versions of their nouns and pronouns. Just like boy or girl, man or
woman. And the last sign today is going to be baby, and this is actually one of
the easiest signs to remember because you just pretend that you’re cradling a baby in your arms. Baby. And there you have it there’s
18 signs that you can now use when you’re talking about your family. And
again if you’re new to this channel and you’d like to catch up with some of my
previous videos, I’ve put together a playlist that has all of the videos I’ve
done so far all in one playlist and you can get to that in the link above or in
the description down below. And be sure to subscribe and click that Bell
notification because next week I plan on kicking off a four-part series that will
cover the first 100 signs somebody that is beginning to learn sign language should know. Now with all that said, the question of the day I have for all of you is, “what
are you interested in learning next?” Before I go I want to thank all of you
so much for your comments and for your support, particularly my supporters on
patreon such as Tea Davidson, Johnni Gorges, and Jen Agoot. And I also want
to thank you for your comments, now for instance last week when I did an
interview with Konae Williams, Claudia Morales said, “Great interview! I
love her positivity and her advice was inspirational. And also username #NOASLFAKERS, he said, “Her smoothness of signing I
found it that as a deaf person it wants me to communicate more with her.” So I
really appreciate these comments and hearing from all of you and I just want
to mention how amazing all of you are. And understand if you’ve been following
my videos these past few weeks you’ve already learned over 200 signs. If you’re
just starting from scratch, look back where you were a few weeks ago to where
you are today and just recognize the incredible amount of progress you’ve
just made. And of course, if you really want to keep making that progress share
some of these videos with your friends and your family so you can practice
using the language on a daily basis, and if you have been, I want to thank you all
for making it to the end and thank you for watching. Until next time, I’ll see you later!

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