American Sign Language: "our"
Hi Dr. Vicars,
Thanks for your site!! I don't have time or money to go to a
college class to learn ASL right now because I just had
a baby! But I just feel drawn to learn more about the Deaf
Community and the language. So - anyway - I was wondering if
the sign for "our" -- as in,
"Who is our teacher?" -- Is it the same
sign as "we/us" or if it's the sign for "you and me?" Or is
it a completely different sign?
"OUR" is a bit different. Do the sign "WE" but use a curved hand. (A
curved hand is like a "b" hand but the thumb is along the side and the
hand is curved as if scooping up water to take a drink from your hand.)
Touch the thumb side of the curved hand to your upper right chest area
and then arch the hand in front of you over to your upper left chest
area so that the pinkie side touches your chest.
Now, let me point out something very important. If you were
sitting in a room with other signers waiting for the class to begin and
you wanted to know the name of your teacher you would sign: "TEACHER
WHO?" This would be understood as: "Who is the teacher?"
Notice how we don't need the sign OUR? You would only need the sign OUR
if you had to distinguish between your group's teacher and some other
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