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Dad in Sign Language – Video and Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to say dad in sign language. Even if you’re not a toddler, you’re going to learn this word pretty much in the first phase of your sign language journey.

By the way, do you know that the word dad is thought to have originated from toddlers’ random chanting like ‘dada’ when they address their father?

Dad in Sign Language

Check out the video embedded below.

Don’t be concerned if it’s too quick for you. We’ll go through each step in detail below.

Now follow these steps.

A woman demonstrates Dad in British sign language in normal posture

1. Start with a normal posture.

2. Now curl all your fingers into a fist except for the index and middle finger. Extend them outwards as you would to point to someone. Do this for both your hands.

3. Cross both pairs of fingers in front of your chest.

Female sign language interpreter signing dad in BSL

4. Say the word as you’re signing it.

5. Go back to your initial posture.

6. Remember to keep a smile on your face!

Click here to check out baby sign language.


So, that’s how we say ‘dad’ in sign language. Make sure the individual with whom you are communicating can clearly see you. Anyone might easily mistake the sign if the signer’s gestures are not clearly visible. As for memorising the sign, maintain a consistent practise schedule, or you risk forgetting the sign after a while.

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