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D in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today we’ll learn the letter D in sign language. Naturally, because we’re talking about letters, we’ll go over how the sign language alphabet varies from that of spoken language.

The most common forms of sign language include British Sign Language (BSL), BSL taught through spoken Welsh, Irish Sign Language (ISL), and Sign Supported English (SSE).

But today, we will only discuss British Sign Language (BSL). Another popular sign language used by the people of the United States is American Sign Language (ASL).

So, let’s find out about the difference between the D in American Sign Language (ASL) and the D in BSL.

The D in British Sign Language is not the same as the D alphabet used in American Sign Language. Another need for ASL D is a one-handed sign. With BSL, though, this is not the case. Both hands must be used to do it.

However, the complexity of sign language does not increase with the number of hands; this is also true for BSL. The process of learning the letter D in BSL is easy and simple.

To give you a better understanding of how to fingerspell any other letter of the alphabet, let’s first introduce you to the concept of fingerspelling.

After that, we’ll move on to our main topic.


The concepts of sign language letters, the sign language alphabet, and fingerspelling may be familiar to you if you are a member of the deaf community or have interacted with deaf people.

One of the first things you’ll learn when learning sign language is the fingerspelling alphabet.

Fingerspelling teaches you how to write your name on a letter. It consists of a series of hand gestures used to spell words or individual letters. This notion is intimately related to the letter D.

Sign languages use hand movements to spell the letter D, much like we spell the alphabet in spoken languages. Some proper nouns, like people’s names, have no specific signs related to them. This is where we use the sign language alphabet to spell out things like people’s names.

Sign language involves the use of finger spelling. They are excellent for communicating because of their versatility.

However, as previously stated, BSL sign letters are two-handed. That suggests you’ll be using both hands to communicate.

So we’ll use both of our hands to fingerspell BSL.

Your non-dominant hand helps with the supporting movements while your dominant hand controls the essential gestures.

The base hand is another name for the non-dominant hand. Never sign with a hand other than your dominant hand. If you do this, your words will become meaningless.

So, let’s get started on the alphabet sign for D in BSL.

D in Sign Language Alphabet

We have an entire excellent video on how to make the D symbol with your fingers. Please watch it first.

Please follow the guidelines we’ve provided below.


BSL interpreter in a normal posture

  • Start with a normal posture.

BSL interpreter signing D

  • Raise both of your hands.
  • Now open the index finger of your right hand.
  • Open and bend the index finger and thumb of your left hand.
  • Now connect your left hand’s thumb and index finger with your right hand’s index finger as per the picture above.
  • While doing the sign, you can pronounce the letter verbally if you’re able.


So, that’s how we sign D in British Sign Language. Another thing to keep in mind is always to carry a stunning smile. People are more likely to connect when they smile. Smiles have the same impact on any type of discussion as speaking verbally.

The same applies to nonverbal communication, such as sign language. Along with this you should also, check that the person you are interacting with can see you clearly.

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