Not in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to say ‘not’ in sign language.  Not is one of the common words you encounter in your sign language journey.

The word has different representations depending on the language. However, we’ll only discuss this sign in terms of BSL only.

So, let’s begin.

Not in Sign Language

Before we begin, keep in mind that BSL is a two-handed sign language. This means that you will interact using both hands.

This system does not apply to all sign languages, though.

Imagine that one of your hands is a piece of paper. Your other hand is the pen. The term “dominant hand” refers to the hand that holds a pen. Most people use their right hand. Therefore, if your left hand is not your dominant hand, it will act as the paper. The base hand is another name for the non-dominant hand.

Never change your dominant hand in the middle of a sign. Your signs won’t signify anything to your viewers in this situation.

Let’s move on to the following videos now. Take your time whenever you watch them.

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

Not in british sign language

  1. Start with a normal posture.

Not in sign language usa

  1. Raise both of your hands.

Not in sign language uk

  1. Now move your two hands like in the picture above.
  2. Say the word ‘not’ while you’re signing.


So that’s how we sign “not” in British Sign Language. Make sure the person you are conversing with can see you. Anyone can easily misunderstand the message if the signer’s actions are not clear. 

Furthermore, If you want to learn the sign, you must practise it regularly; otherwise, you risk forgetting it over time. So keep a lovely smile on your face as well. When we smile, we are more able to connect with others.

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