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American Sign Language: "skating"


ROLLER SKATE:
To sign "skate," form your hands into "bent V" handshapes.  Then put them in front of you, palms facing up.  Alternate moving them forward and back a couple times.  Memory tip:  Think of the movement of a skater's feet.

ROLLER SKATE:

That handshape looks like this:


Animation:  "ROLLER SKATE"



To sign SKATE as in I-C-E "SKATE"  form your hands into "X" handshapes.   Then put them in front of you, palms facing up.  Alternate moving them forward and back a couple times. 
Memory tip:  Think of the movement of a skater's feet. Think of the upturned "X" as representing the curved blade on the skates.


ICE-SKATE:

 

Here's a close-up of that handshape:


 



There is a sign for "rollerblading."  As time goes on, I'm seeing this sign show up more and more.  It will be interesting to see if it becomes standard. Many people just stick with the traditional sign "SKATING" even when referring to "rollerblading." 

ROLLER BLADE:

 

Animation:  "ROLLERBLADE"


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