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S in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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What is the letter S in sign language? How to say S in sign language or rather spell S? That’s what we’re going to discuss today.

If you are a part of the deaf community or have dealt with deaf people, you may be familiar with the concept of the sign language alphabet and fingerspelling.


Fingerspelling teaches you how to sign a letter. It is made up of a sequence of hand motions that are used to spell words or individual letters. The sign of S is directly connected with this concept.

Fingerspelling differs from every other part of spoken language. Word order is one of the reasons we occasionally have to utilise these manual alphabets.

S in Sign Language Alphabet

So, what is S in sign language?

We have an entire video on how to do S in sign language. Please watch it first.

Watch how to sign ‘S’ in British Sign Language


Before we begin, keep in mind that we’re just going to deal with British Sign Language or BSL today. It’s a two-handed sign language. That suggests you’ll be using both hands to communicate.

You’ll be using your dominant hand for one movement and the non-dominant hand for assisting motions. Sometimes, we also call the non-dominant hand the base hand. Never swap your dominant hand when signing. Your words will lose all meaning if you do this.

Now, follow the steps outlined below.

Male instructor sitting upright infront of a blue background

1. Start with a normal posture.

Male instructor using both hands to sign in British Sign Language

2. Raise both of your hands to your chest, palms facing each other like in the image above.

Male instructor sitting upright using both of his hands to sign the letter S in BSL

3. Spread your base palm and connect your base hand’s pinky finger to the one on your dominant hand. Look at the image above for reference.

4. Pronounce the letter while doing its sign.


So, that’s how we sign S in British Sign Language. Another important thing to remember is to keep a lovely smile on your face. Smiles help individuals connect more quickly. Although you’re not conversing vocally, smiles have the same effect on any form of conversation. This includes non-verbal communication too.

Also, check that the person with whom you are speaking can see you clearly. If the signer’s gestures are not visible, anybody might easily misread the message. They may even interpret it as something offensive. So be careful in this aspect. Furthermore, you must practice the sign on a regular basis if you want to learn it; otherwise, you risk losing it from your memory over time.

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