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M in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today we’ll learn the letter of the alphabet M in sign language, specifically the British Sign Language BSL. We’ll also introduce you to fingerspelling.

Fingerspelling is how people “finger spell” or sign letters in sign language. Sign language alphabets are known as the manual alphabet.

The alphabet of sign language differs from that of spoken languages. Add to it the fact that the British Sign Language alphabet is two-handed. Still puzzled? Don’t be concerned. We’ll go over it briefly before getting into our primary topic for today.

Fingerspelling

Fingerspelling is a method of spelling individual letters and words that involves moving your hands. Fingerspelling is an important part of sign language and you’ll come across the concept quite early while learning sign language.

Because of their versatility, they are perfect for communication with deaf people or those who are hard of hearing.

Depending on the language or forms of sign language, you can either use one of your hands or both hands to fingerspell. American Sign Language ASL for instance uses one-handed signs for its manual alphabets.

We use the fingerspelling alphabet to spell out the names of people and places for whom there is no sign. We also use fingerspelling to spell words that are new to us or the person with whom we are speaking.

So, let’s move on to our main topic: what is M in British Sign Language?

M in Sign Language Alphabet

Please watch the following video first. The video will show you how to say M in sign language.

Watch how to sign ‘M’ in British Sign Language

Now, please proceed with the instructions we have given below.

M in British Sign Language
Depending on the language or forms of sign language

1. Start with a normal posture.

posture M in Sign Language
Spread out the ring, index, and middle fingers

2. Raise both hands to your chest.

Final posture M in BSL
Spread the index finger and thumb as well as the middle

3. Spread out the ring, index, and middle fingers of your dominant hand outward. But tuck in your thumb and pinky inward like in the picture above.

4. Spread the index finger and thumb as well as the middle and ring finger of your non-dominant hand fully extended. Naturally, your pinky will follow suit too.

5. Hold your hand in this fashion- rest the fingers of your dominant hand on your non-dominant hand’s palm, palm facing downward. Your non-dominant hand’s palm will be perpendicular to the ground.

6. You can alternate your hands if you’re left-handed and you want to use that as your dominant hand, but keep it consistent. Never switch your dominant hand mid-conversation.

7. Say the sign name while singing.

Conclusion

So, that’s how we fingerspell M in sign language. When communicating, remember to smile. Nonverbal communication, such as sign language, is far more effective if you can make the other side more comfortable so that they can maintain consistent eye contact. Regarding the same point, make yourself plainly visible to the person to whom you are speaking so that your indication is not misinterpreted.

Finally, practice frequently. Consistent practice will help you remember, and you won’t need to return back to this guide to refresh your memory.

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