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Stop in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

Lead Academy
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Today we’ll look at how to say Stop in sign language. If you are familiar with visual languages like sign language, you are already familiar with how hand gestures are used to represent certain words.

However, did you know that facial expression plays a similar role in visual languages?

Before we move on to our main discussion, let’s preface it with our question above.

The word Stop is one of those words that will deliver the emotion you’re trying to say and add colour to the entire discussion.

Your facial expression has a strong ability to communicate both that feeling and the intensity of your current emotional state. Depending on the context, you may feel upset, to the point of being angry or struggling to contain your anger. As such, your facial expression will also come out as strong.

However, if it’s more like a gentle Stop, then your facial expression will be consistently soft and gentle.

We also want to make it very clear that each sign language is unique. BSL (British Sign Language) may differ from other sign languages you come across in your life, thus it’s important to learn how to communicate “Stop” in this language. As a result, despite being a visual language, the vocabulary cannot be transferred.

Also, unlike other visual languages like American Sign Language or ASL signs, BSL signs are two-handed. They may share the same spoken language, but their sign languages are unique.

With that said, let’s get back to our main discussion: how to say Stop in British Sign Language?

Stop in Sign Language

Watch the videos we’ve linked below. There are several varieties. View the videos that we linked below. There are several varieties. We understand that these can be confusing.

But don’t worry. Just go through them once. You’ll have a better concept of what we’re doing here.

Do not be concerned about their pace. We’ll walk you through each step of the process below.

BSL interpreter in a normal posture

  • Start with a normal posture.

BSL interpreter with both the hands up and open

  • Now open your hands and lift them up.

BSL interpreter with both the hands up and close and signing stop

  • Now close your hands like in the above picture.
  • Say the word as you’re signing it.

So, that’s the first version of the word. Let’s now see the second version.

BSL interpreter standing with folded hands

  • Start with a normal posture again.

BSL interpreter signing stop

  • Now raise both your hands up, as in the picture above, as if you are asking someone to stop.
  • Say the word as you’re signing it.


So, that’s how we say “Stop” in sign language. Nonverbal communication, such as sign language, is far more effective if you can develop a deeper connection with the other person. Make sure the person you’re speaking to can see you as well.

If others cannot see what you are doing, some indicators seem improper. Lastly, do regular practice. If you practise the sign frequently, you’ll remember it better.

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