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T in British Sign Language – Video & Image Included


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Today we’ll learn the letter T in sign language. We’ll study the sign language for the letter T today. Sometimes, fingerspelling is used to write words in sign languages like British Sign Language (BSL), American Sign Language (ASL), and French Sign Language (FSL). Nevertheless, as you already know, most words have a sign language version.

So, what is fingerspelling, and when exactly do we use it?

If we want to learn the alphabet in sign language, even though it isn’t the main topic of today, we still need to discuss it briefly.


The term “manual alphabet” is used to describe sign alphabets. Letters in spoken languages and sign languages look different from one another. We use fingerspelling, a form of handwriting, to spell them.

Moving your hands while spelling a word is known as fingerspelling, and it is an essential component of sign language. Their flexibility makes them ideal for communication.

Now, you may be thinking, “What versatility?”

People who are hard of hearing or deaf risk running upon an unfamiliar word. They won’t understand the word’s sign, for sure.

Think of a different situation. You use BSL. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to spell out people’s names.

You can spell the names using the British Sign Language alphabet or BSL alphabet, which is where BSL fingerspelling will be useful.

As you may have imagined, each sign language has a unique fingerspelling alphabet. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The spoken equivalent of BSL letters is ASL. In both languages, we sign the letters differently.

Use the one-handed ASL symbol T as an example. With BSL, though, this is not the case. It needs to be handled with both hands. Any other letter of the alphabet also stands true.

Imagine your hands as a pen and a piece of paper for BSL. Your non-dominant hand will hold the paper, and your dominant hand will hold the pen (also known as the base hand). You’ll write each letter differently with your pen hand while using your paper hand. The BSL manual alphabet functions in the same way.

So now, let’s dive into our main topic. For our case today, we’ll only deal with BSL.

T in British Sign Language Alphabet

Watch how to sign ‘T’ in British Sign Language

Please follow the instructions we’ve given below.

BSL tutor seated in a blue background room with a normal posture

1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL instructor touching the index finger of the right hand on the left hand.

2. Raise both hands up.

3. Now place the index finger of the right hand on the left hand.

4. As you make the sign, pronounce the letter.


So that’s how we sign the letter T with our fingers. Keep your smile on when speaking. If you can make the other side more comfortable so they can maintain good eye contact, nonverbal communication, such as sign language, is far more effective.

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