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Play in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Do you want to know how to say ‘Play’ in Sign Language? It’s one of the words we use every day. So, when someone teaches you sign language, they start describing it to you. We’re going to assume you’re here because you need to learn the word.

Don’t worry. Today, we’ll show you how to sign “Play” in sign language by using images and videos.

So let’s begin.

Play in Sign Language

Before moving on to the presentation itself, there are a few things you should know. Take a look at them:

  • Unlike several other visual languages, such as American Sign Language or ASL, BSL is a two-handed language, despite having the same spoken language, they use different sign languages.
  • When learning BSL, the terms “dominant hand” and “non-dominant hand” will be used. If you are right-handed, this hand is your dominant one. Your non-dominant hand is your left one. The base hand is another name for it.

Now, let’s go back to our main topic: how to say “Play” in BSL.

Please watch the video below to get started.

Please follow the step given below. This one is appropriate for the single-handed gesture below.

A BSL interpreter with normal posture

  1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL interpreter with right hand raised

2. Raise your right hand.

3. Open your index finger.

BSL interpreter with right hand raised

4. Now straighten your hands as in the picture above and open all the fingers.

BSL interpreter signing Play

5. Now rotate your right hand to the left.

6. Say the word “Play” while you are signing.

Let’s explore the second sign right now. This version is two-handed. So let’s begin.

British Sign Language interpreter standing

  1. Start with a normal posture again.

British Sign Language interpreter signing Play

2. Raise both of your hands.

2. Now keep moving both your hands up like in the picture above.

3. Say the word “Play” while you are signing.


So, that’s how we say Play in sign language. As you can see, there are two unique signs of the word. Both of our hands must be used to sign one of them, but not the other. You must now choose the version that best represents your choices or would be most useful to you.

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