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Main version:  Touch your thumb to your chest. Use a "five" handshape.


In this version of the sign, the hand moves outward from the chest a few inches.  Or, you can start out from the chest and move the hand toward you until your thumb touches your chest.

Here is anther way.  You start an inch or two from the chest and then touch your chest with your thumb. It is also common to use a small double movement on this version.

If someone asks you "HOW YOU?" and you are feeling self-confident and life is going well-- feel free to do a larger motion:

COOL: As in hey man, that's cool! 
Can also mean things like, "SWELL."

To see "cool" as in temperature, check out the "cool" page.


To sign "polite," you brush the tip of the thumb of your right five-hand twice on your chest using an upward motion.  The hand moves in a very small circle, up, out, down, back.  It is on the upward stroke that the thumb-tip touches the chest.  You might see other versions of this sign, but this is how I do it:

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Sign: FINE
Handshape:  "five hand"
Orientation: palm of right hand faces left.
Movement:  Varies.  You can move it outward, inward, or tap it.  
Non-Manual Marker (Facial expressions and or body language):
Interpretations:  "How are you?"  "I'm fine."
Discussion:  The sign discussed on this page refers to "being okay."  This sign should not be used for such things as "fee or cost."