Thank You in Sign Language – Video & Image Included
Today, we will learn how to say ‘thank you’ in sign language. No matter who we are, we will always have the need to show our appreciation to people. Gratefulness is a core human emotion that is essential to making our lives meaningful and worthwhile. Gratitude is strongly and consistently connected with greater happiness in positive psychology research. Gratitude helps individuals feel more positive emotions, appreciate wonderful experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and develop strong relationships.
But what if the person you’re saying thanks to is deaf or hard of hearing? That’s where sign language comes in. Expressing your gratitude should never be limited because you can’t verbally communicate with the person. Sign language can easily convey your thoughts to the person.
So, to articulate your regards, there are many sign languages out there that you can use, including American Sign Language or ASL and British Sign Language or BSL. We’ll only tackle the BSL rendition of “thank you”.
Thank You in Sign Language
Take a look at the video above. The lovely lady is showing us how to say ‘thank you’ in sign language. So, follow the steps that we will now describe with images.
Then, go back to the above video once more, practice a couple more times, and you will hopefully be able to memorise the sign for ‘thank you’ without our help.
1. Keep your posture natural, and ensure that the person you’re communicating with sees you clearly.
2. Keep your hands parallel with your body.
3. Move your hand up to your chin as if you’re blowing a kiss. You can use your dominant hand.
4. Keep a flat hand during this movement. That is, face the palm of your hand towards you, while the spectator will see the back of your hand.
5. Now move your hand away from your chin. Your arm will not move. Only the part of your hand from your elbow joint to your palm will move.
6. Keep a solid smile so your expression will appear genuine.
Easy, right? Now repeat the process a few more times. With a little bit of practice, you can comfortably mimic the whole sign yourself.
Hopefully, with our guide, you can now say ‘thank you’ in sign language, specifically British Sign Language. As we always do with our other sign language guides, we’d encourage you to practice the movements a few times, as these gestures are the key indicators of communication in sign language. If your movement turns into something else other than the one we showed here, it will confuse the person you’re communicating with. Another critical point here is to keep yourself clearly visible while signing.