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L in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to spell L in sign language. You might be questioning why we used the word ‘spell’ instead of ‘say.’

That’s because it’s exactly what we do while learning British Sign Language BSL or any other sign language like American Sign Language ASL. Let’s explain why.

Check out the difference between ASL and BSL, here

You may be familiar with the notion of the BSL alphabet if you are a member of the deaf community or have interacted with deaf people. It consists of a series of hand gestures used to spell out words or individual letters. We’ll have to utilise these fingerspelling alphabets to sign the letter ‘L.’

Fingerspelling differs from everything else in spoken languages. One of the reasons we sometimes have to use these manual alphabets is because of word order.

So let’s get started. We’ll only discuss BSL today.

L in Sign Language

Watch the complete video, which is embedded below.

Don’t worry if it goes too quickly for you. Each stage will be covered in further detail below.

There are signs in which we use our dominant hand for one move and our non-dominant hand for aiding gestures. When signing, never switch your dominant hand. This will baffle the individual with whom you are conversing.

Now, follow the steps that we’ll describe below.

BSL interpreter standing wearing black in front of the white background

1. Start with a normal posture.

2. Lift both your hands up to your chest.

3. Remember that BSL is a two-handed sign language before we begin. That implies you’ll be communicating with both hands. Your dominant hand (right hand in this example) will be like your pen, while your non-dominant hand (left hand in our case) will be like the paper.

BSL tutor touching her right palm with the index finger of the left hand

4. Touch the tip of your right hand’s index finger in between the index finger and thumb of your left hand (left-hand palm facing your right hand). Look at the picture above for reference.

5. The index and middle finger of your left hand will be facing the one you’re communicating with. Naturally, the ring and the pinky will also be facing the same direction.

6. Except for the index finger on your right hand, the rest of the fingers will be curled into “fists with your thumbs”.

7. Pronounce the letter as you’re signing it.


So, that’s how we sign L in British Sign Language. Check that the person with whom you are conversing can plainly see you. Anyone may easily misinterpret the message if the signer’s movements are not evident. If you want to learn the sign, you must practice it constantly; otherwise, you risk forgetting it over time. Maintain a lovely smile on your face as well. Smiles establish connections more effectively.

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