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Tea in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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For so many of us, tea is an important part of our daily routine. Even though it is often consumed as part of traditional family rituals, it is occasionally taken on the go. Everyone seems to have a particular favourite tea, at least in terms of drinking it.

Today, we’re going to learn how to say Tea in sign language. In your sign language lessons, one of the first words you’ll learn is the names of common foods and beverages, including Tea. One of the easiest signs you’ll come across is likely the one for Tea. However, that depends on the sign language family we’re referring to.

It’s possible that you found our blog when looking up the American Sign Language sign for Tea. The sign for Tea in American sign language and British sign language differ slightly. Other sign languages also have the same features. Interestingly, neither of these is very difficult when discussing the symbol of Tea. Other sign languages may not be similar in this regard.

With that said, we’ll just discuss BSL today.

Tea in Sign Language

Before we start, please keep in mind that BSL is a two-handed sign language. That means you’ll use both hands to communicate.

This system does not apply to all sign languages, though.

Imagine that one of your hands is a piece of paper. Your other hand is the pen. The term “dominant hand” refers to the hand that holds a pen. Most people use their right hand. Therefore, if your left hand is not your dominant hand, it will act as the paper. The base hand is another name for the non-dominant hand.

Never change your dominant hand in the middle of a sign. Your signs won’t signify anything to your viewers in this situation.

So, back to our topic: how do you say Tea in sign language?

Now let’s move on to the following videos. Take your time watching them.

Don’t worry about their tempo. Below, we’ll walk you through every step of the process.

Female BSL tutor standing straight with the arms placed near the stomach

  • Start with a normal posture.

Female tutor teaching how to sign Tea, has her right-hand fingers shaped in the form of O and teeth clenched together

  • Join your thumb and your index finger in an ‘O’ shape.
  • Now place your thumb and index finger in front of your mouth and keep the rest of the fingers spread apart.
  • Say the word ‘Tea’ while you’re signing.


So, that’s how we say Tea in sign language. If you can create a more strong connection between you and the other person, nonverbal communication, such as sign language, is far more effective. Also, be sure the person you’re communicating with can see you. Some signs appear inappropriate if other people cannot see what you are doing. Finally, exercise regularly. You’ll remember the sign better if you regularly practise.

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