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Like in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to say like in sign language. ‘Like’ is one of the common words you encounter in your sign language journey.

Although the word is different in different sign languages, we’ll only deal with British Sign Language or BSL today.

Check out British Sign Language Alphabet in this blog!

So let’s get started.

Like in Sign Language

Watch the full video, which we’ve included below.

If it moves too quickly for you, don’t worry. Below, each step will be covered in more detail.

Before we start, remember that BSL is a two-handed sign language.

There are different signs where we make one gesture with our dominant hand and then make helping motions with our non-dominant hand to complete the sign. While signing, never switch to your other hand. The person you’re conversing with will become confused by this.

Do the following right now.

BSL tutor sitting in a normal posture

1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL tutor with one hand on the chest

2. Now place your hands on your chest like in the picture above.

3. Say the word like while you’re signing.

So, that’s the first version of the word. So now, let’s see the second version. This is the two-handed version of the word.

British sign language tutor sitting

1. Start with a normal posture again.

BSL tutor with hand gesture

2. Raise both of your hands.

3. Pull out the index fingers of both your hands.

BSL interpreter showing two fingers

4. Tap the index fingers of one hand with the fingers of the other hand twice.

5. Remember to say the word when you’re signing it.


So, that’s how we say like in sign language. There are two different forms of the word, as you can see. One of them needs both of our hands, but the other doesn’t. Because so many words in sign language, particularly in BSL, require the use of both hands, visibility is essential.

If your audience can’t see you clearly, they’ll become confused or, worst yet, think the word is insulting. Keep a smile on your face at all times. With only a simple, charming look, you may connect with your audience right away.

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