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*The sign for llama

In a message dated 6/3/2004 7:55:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
MESKIS writes:
 I have several friends who were asking how to sign "llama." I don't know why, but they were. You're the only one I know of who could answer that.

Hi Carlea,
I don't know the sign for llama. But why don't you try asking a contact of mine down in Mexico:
Robin DeLaRosa
Apartado 640
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
CP 23450     Mexico
Robin knows MSL and some native MSL users who might have a sign you could use. If you find out a good sign for llama, please do let me know.

On Thu, 3 Jun 2004 23:04:48 EDT writes:
I was directed to you with a question about how to sign the word "llama."  Several of my friends were asking me and I was clueless.  Dr. Bill Vicars recommended I contact you.
Any help is appreciated.  Thanks!

In a message dated 6/4/04 1:18:38 AM, writes:
Hola Carlea! I am not sure if you are asking about "llama" the animal or "llama" the spanish word for call?

On Fri, 4 Jun 2004 07:02:25 EDT writes:
Lo siento!  I meant "llama" the animal, not "llamar".  My friends may be odd, but I don't think they're bilingually odd.

In a message dated 6/4/04 8:11:10 PM, writes:
Hola Carlea! While we do live in a third world country we don't exactly have llamas running around...lots of dogs but no llamas. Below is the info that I received from a fellow missionary to the deaf in Mexico...

Yes, there is a sign for llama. Touch the tips of your two middle fingers [the middle finger and the ring finger] to the tip of your thumb on the same hand [your dominant hand]. Then the index and pinkie fingers stick up to form the ears.
If using your right hand, "walk" your llama to the left (or vice versa if you are left handed). If done right, it kinda looks like a llama walking in front of you. Your arm being the neck.
You don't have to do this, but I think it looks better. I don't put the tips of my fingers together, but rather the pads of my fingers so that it looks more like the llama's nose.
Interestingly, that is also the sign for Bolivia. That is ASL. I don't know a sign in MSL for it.
Let me know if that helps.
-David Peach

American Sign Language University ASL resources by Dr. William Vicars
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