Updated March 2017

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
GREETINGS AND PHRASES


HAPPY BIRTHDAY*** HAPPY NEW YEAR*** HAPPY THANKSGIVING***MERRY CHRISTMAS

GOD BLESS AMERICA******I LOVE YOU

HAPPY THANKSGIVING Picture of Pilgrim Boy and Girl

HAPPY


Sign for Happy
With one or both flat hands with palms facing in
do circular movements touching the chest.

One hand is often used by itself.

(This suggests happy feelings from within)

THANKSGIVING

Sign for Thanksgiving
Touch the lips with fingertips of one or both flat hands.
Move hands forward with palms facing up.
Turn hands over and simulate picking up something
Turn hand over and open palms up
to simulate giving something.

(A combination of thanks and give)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS Animated Christmas Tree

MERRY

Sign for MERRY
With one or both flat hands with palms facing in
do circular movements touching the chest.

One hand is often used by itself.

(This suggests happy feelings from within)

CHRISTMAS

Sign for Christmas
Move the right C hand in a sideways arc
to the right with the palm facing up.

Movement requires simultaneous lipreading
for full comprehension

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HAPPY NEW YEAR Picture of Computer with Party Hat and words Happy New Year on Screen

HAPPY


Sign for Happy
With one or both flat hands with palms facing in do circular movements touching the chest.

One hand is often used by itself.

(This suggests happy feelings from within)

NEW

Sign for New
Pass back of slightly curved right hand across the left flat palm from fingers to heel. Continue movement of right hand in a slight upward direction.

(Right hand seems to suggest a new direction to the left hand.)

YEAR

Sign for New
Move the right S hand in a complete forward circle around the left "S" hand and come to rest with right "S" hand on top of left hand.

(Movement of right hand suggests
the earth's revolution around sun.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA Animated Picture of United States Flag

GOD

Sign for God
Point the right "G" finger in a forward-upward direction. Move right hand in a backward-downward arc toward self. End with a "B" in front of chest with palm facing left.

(The finger or hand pointing upward suggests God is above)

BLESS

Sign for Bless

Place thumbs of both "A" hands at lips. Move both hands in a forward-downward movement while changing them to palm-down flat hands.

(Suggest the blessing of a kiss and laying on of hands.)

AMERICA

Sign for America

Interlock fingers of both slightly curves open hands and move them from right to left in an outward circle.

(Interlocked fingers suggest the log fences made by early settlers.)

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I LOVE YOU Animated Heart Beating

I LOVE YOU


Sign for I love you
Hold the right hand up with palm facing forward.
The thumb, index, and little finger are extended.

(The letters I, L, and Y are combined.)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Animated Picture of Birthday Cake

HAPPY


Sign for Happy
With one or both flat hands with palms facing in do circular movements touching the chest. One hand is often used by itself.

BIRTHDAY


Sign for Birthday

Place back of right flat hand into upturned left palm. Move hands forward and upward together. Point left index finger to right, palm down. Rest right elbow on left index finger with right index finger pointing upward. Move right index finger and arm in partial arc across body from right to left.

The signs for "birth" and "day")

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Thank you to Karen M. for inspiring me to make this webpage.
She taught her students do the pledge of allegiance in sign language.
Also, thank you to Miley R. for providing graphics and instructions in signing
and to Ed W. for his help in gathering information.

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