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Beginner ASL: Learn Cafe Interaction Signs in American Sign Language


Hello again! Many of you have requested
signs related to cafes. Some of you work in a cafe
and have customers who are Deaf, and some of you go to a cafe where the worker is Deaf. Either way, I’m happy to show you a few signs
to help you communicate during cafe interactions. CAFE CAFE It tends to be fingerspelled, C-A-F-E, Cafe. You can also sign “coffee shop”, so let me
back up… COFFEE. The “S” handshapes, it’s like you’re
holding a pole, and then you circle: COFFEE COFFEE So again it’s the bottom of one hand touching
the top of the other, and then the hands circle. They don’t… they don’t move largely or come apart, and you don’t hold them like this.
It’s like a pole, and then circle: COFFEE. COFFEE STORE This the handshape,
and then move it outward. STORE STORE. I tend to think about, like, you’re
holding a sign up and waving it, saying “Come and shop!” STORE. If it’s signed once, it means “sell”. SELL STORE So: COFFEE STORE. coffee store “Coffee shop”. One popular store is Starbucks! The “8” handshape with the middle finger at the thumb,
flicks one another: STARBUCKS. STARBUCKS STARBUCKS. Did you know that Washington DC
now has a Starbucks for the Deaf Community? Everything is signed; it’s called the “Signing
Starbucks”. Cool! If you live near there, you should go!
This video’s description has information. STARBUCKS “Coffee, I don’t drink. I prefer what? Tea.” The “F” handshape — the index finger and thumb,
move into the opposite “O”. TEA. TEA TEA. It’s like you’re taking a teabag and
dipping it in the water: TEA. As a tip you, may also see it signed where the “F”
handshapes swirls in the cup, as if stirring. TEA When you enter a cafe, you
may see a LINE. The “4” handshape, these represent people in a line. LINE. “A line of people.” LINE. If you enter and you see a line of
people, you have to “get in line”. “To get in line.” “Get in line.” So this is you, and those are
the people in line. “To get in line.” ORDER The index fingers, one from the mouth: ORDER. ORDER, “to order” And that word can be used either for a
verb or a noun. For example, “I order coffee.”
I ORDER COFFEE. Or: “my order”, “your order”. For example: “Your order includes teas two,
and coffees three, right?” Again: ORDER And I just showed you the sign CORRECT. The index fingers: “Right?”
Eyebrows go up if you’re asking: “Correct?” “Yes, it’s correct.” “Right” (CORRECT). So maybe if you work in a cafe,
you can write down the customer’s description, their order, you can write it down, and
then maybe show it to them, and say: “Is this correct?” RIGHT? And they might respond:
“Oh, yes, it’s correct.” Or “No, it’s not right.” “No, it’s wrong.” WRONG, or “incorrect” So an order may be CORRECT —
the index finger: CORRECT, or WRONG, incorrect —
the “Y” handshape goes to the chin: INCORRECT. “Order is wrong.” “Order is wrong.” So again, the signs YES — YES,
and NO. YES and NO. Moving on… CREAM CREAM CREAM It’s like you’re skimming the top: CREAM. And also sometimes you’ll fingerspell “cream”. CREAM. Oh, and third: You can request MILK. MILK. MILK.
The fist squeezes a few times. So again: CREAM, CREAM, or MILK. SUGAR You’ll see two signs: SUGAR, SUGAR,
and it looks like the sign CUTE, but your face will show the difference.
“Aw, that’s so cute!” is different from SUGAR. “Sugar, please” And second: SUGAR. SUGAR. So SUGAR — that sign has many meanings, too;
it can mean “sugar”, it can mean “sweet”. SWEET. SUGAR. It also can mean “diabetes”,
so it depends on the context. But either sign SUGAR or SUGAR. SUGAR, or SUGAR. PLEASE PLEASE. The flat palm on the chest circles: PLEASE. PLEASE THANK-YOU THANK-YOU THANK-YOU WAIT The fingers wiggle: WAIT. WAIT. So, maybe you need to tell someone:
“Wait over there.” You can use the index finger
to show a location. For example, maybe you finished ordering,
I’ll tell you: “One minute”, “two minutes” or whatever… Again: ONE-MINUTE, TWO-MINUTES… “Wait over there.” WAIT THERE DRINK DRINK It’s like a cup: DRINK.
You can sign it once for the verb — the action “drink”. You can sign it twice: “a drink”, and that
tends to be used for the noun. “a drink.” DRINK CUP Again, the “C” handshape: CUP. CUP. CUP. CUP. SIZE. SIZE. The “Y” handshape: SIZE. SIZE. And that sign SIZE is the general meaning of “size”. For describing a cup, you
tend to actually show the cup size. So you might ask with your eyebrows down:
“Which size?” And you can use this sign: “What size?”
with the eyebrows down, Meaning I’m asking you what size, which size… Or the other option is just to show it like
this. It shows the cup is “how big?” and And for different sizes, again, we’re going
to use these hands with your face. Small Small That mouth shows that it’s small. “Small”. “COFFEE SMALL” MEDIUM. MEDIUM. That mouth shows that it’s average. “Medium”. LARGE. “Large”. Is that right? I don’t drink coffee. (laughs)
I don’t know. LARGE. That “cha” mouth shows it’s big. “Large”. Again: Small, medium, large Small, medium, large That’s size! PAY The “1” handshape on the palm: PAY. This sign can show where the money is
starting and ending, so if I am the customer, I pay you. If I am the worker,
you pay me. PAY-ME. And also you can show where, so for example:
Your order, I wrote it down, I’m going to make it. I’ll tell you: “Pay over there.”
PAY THERE. “Over there, you can pay.” REGISTER REGISTER REGISTER TRASH. TRASH, or GARBAGE Maybe you show: “The trash is over there”,
or “The garbage is right there”. BATHROOM. This is the handshape, and then
shake it: BATHROOM. BATHROOM Maybe someone asks: “The bathroom is where?”
Eyebrows down: WHERE? BATHROOM WHERE? And for telling, again you can use
the index finger to point. Show where they go.
“The bathroom is around the corner”, or maybe: “There’s a hallway, through there is
the bathroom.” Maybe the bathroom requires a key! KEY. KEY, like you’re turning a key. KEY. KEY Maybe the bathroom REQUIRES — REQUIRE a KEY. BATHROOM REQUIRES (a) KEY. Or maybe you NEED — “you NEED” a key. NEED. “Need a key” “For the bathroom you need a key.”
And then you give it to them! CUSTOMER. The “C” handshape – the thumb
touches up and down. CUSTOMER. CUSTOMER CUSTOMER CUSTOMER WORKER, or “employee”. WORKER So the fist — WORK, WORK. The “A” handshapes cross at the wrist. WORK. WORKER WORKER Or EMPLOYEE WORKER And finally, you SIT! So: TABLE. Cafes tend to have tables around. TABLE. TABLE. TABLE. CHAIR. CHAIR. So the “U” handshape bends: CHAIR. CHAIR. CHAIR. And if you sign it once,
it means SIT. SIT. SIT And then finally, so after you’ve
ordered, waited, got, paid, finally you sit! And maybe you can describe the where the
seats are, so with friends sitting around, use the bent “2” to show where.
Show people sitting in different seats. SIT Let’s review! (No voiceover, no caption) Alright, that was a lot of signs!
I hope that this helps you in your use for communicating during cafe interactions
with employees and with customers! If you have other requests let me know in the
comments, and don’t forget to click “Like” — the thumbs up. Thank you for watching, and
I’ll see you soon! Bye! Thank you so much for watching!
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I have many more here for you and in the future. Thanks again, and I’ll see you soon. Bye!

25 Replies to “Beginner ASL: Learn Cafe Interaction Signs in American Sign Language”

  • Thank you so much for teaching ASL. Love how you teach step by step. Not too fast and not too slow. Very appreciated! ❤️

  • As always, fantastic work, what would we do with out you. I would have never have guessed the sign for trash. That was a very good learn.

  • As a hard of hearing employee at Subway in a small community where there are not many deaf individuals. Could you do a video similar to this one but with subway as the topic. Example being like what kind of bread? Toasted? What kind of veggies? That kind of thing? If you could that'd be awesome thank you 🤟🏻

  • Thanks again for the help! Much easier than having to look them so up and not thinking of all of them! I do have one question. You covered my question on cute/sweet/sugar but even when i look it up, order and answer are the same sign. Are there different facial expressions or context?

  • These videos help so much…I'm going back to school this year and I want to know some signs i can use in school…love your vids

  • i just got a job at Starbucks! this video was perfect timing! i hope one day i'll have the opportunity to use this lesson to help a deaf customer 🙂 thank you meredith

  • This is another amazing video. I loved how not only do you show in slow motion, but different angles in slow motion. I LOVE, how at the end, there's a little quiz and no words are spoken. Meredith, I know I say it a lot, but I just love your videos and you're so inspirational to me. Words aren't invented yet on how much I owe you. :O)

  • i was SO happy to see a new vid from you, youre my favorite signer on youtube. Please make more vids! im eager to learn more signs from you 😁

  • I love this video about the coffee place because I love coffee, not Starbucks I prefer Peet’s. I think is a great idea what you say in your video about Starbucks having a place for people that signs I wish they have one closer to me here lol.. Thank you for this video I love it..

  • 🇮🇳😀🇮🇳😀Great video; awesome 😀🇮🇳😀🇮🇳😀

  • Wow, we're really early into learning and are fascinated by this. I guess it will become second nature with practice but for now. We focus so much on fingerspelling that we forget how to spell words.

  • I dont know anybody who is deaf . But i would like to help , communicate, if i should ever meet anyone who is. This is my 3 video with you but 5 so far this week. Learning alot, and enjoying it. Fairly easy to remember, thank you😁😁

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