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Speak in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Do you want to know how to say ‘speak’ 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 “speak” in sign language by using images and videos.

So let’s begin.

Speak in Sign Language

Before moving on to our topic at hand, 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.

Further, you can see “What’s the Difference Between ASL and BSL” with this blog

Let’s go back to our main topic: how to say “speak” in BSL.

Please watch the video below to get started.

1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL tutor signing speak

2. Raise your right hand.

3. Open your index finger and middle finger along with the thumb.

BSL interpreter showing hand gesture

4. Now connect your index finger and middle finger along with the thumb, as in the picture above.

5. Slowly move your hand as well.

6. Say the word ‘Speak’ while you’re signing.

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

BSL teacher in a normal posture

1. Start with a normal posture again.

2. Raise both of your hands.

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

BSL tutor with fingers crossed

4. After taking out the index finger of both your hands, your right hand will be on top, and your left hand will be under your right hand, as shown in the picture above.

5. Now move your one hand with the other hand.

6. Say the word as you’re signing it.


So that’s how we sign “speak” 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.

Also, 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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