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Turtle in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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British Sign Language (BSL) is now recognised as a language in the United Kingdom (UK). The deaf community is the primary user of it. However, it’s becoming increasingly more popular for those who are hearing and want to learn and use the language themselves.

Today we’ll learn the word Turtle in sign language. In most sign languages, the Turtle sign is different. But today, we’ll just talk about British Sign Language or BSL.

Turtle in Sign Language Alphabet

Before we start our main discussion today, let’s quickly go over a few things.

  • Firstly, we need to understand that BSL is a two-handed language. So, what does that mean? 

Let’s explain.

In BSL, the pen and paper are represented by both of our hands. Your pen is in your right hand if that is the one you use most often. Naturally, the paper is in your left hand, which is your non-dominant hand. It will look as if you’re writing something on your non-dominant hand when you sign BSL signs.

Especially in comparison to ASL signs, where we only use one hand for signs, BSL signs require two hands. However, the BSL does not always need two hands to sign every word.

  • Secondly, sign languages are completely visual forms of communication. Visibility is required for this language. If your audience can’t see you well, communicating will feel like holding a gloved hand over your lips. Because of your confused, imprecise pronunciation, no one will hear or understand you.

It’s essential to remember that you won’t risk being misunderstood if your audience can see you clearly. 

So let’s get back to our main topic now.

We have linked a video below. Please watch it first. Don’t worry about its pace. We’ll explain it in detail to you.

Please follow the steps we’ll discuss shortly.

BSL interpreter sitting normally

  1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL interpreter signing turtle

  1. Raise both of your hands.
  2. Now place one hand on top of the other, as shown in the picture above, and keep your thumbs out.
  3. Keep moving the thumbs of both your hands.
  4. Say the word ‘Turtle’ while doing the sign.

Check out the blog to know how to learn BSL beginner to advance.


So that’s how we say Turtle in sign language. Follow a consistent practice routine so that it becomes stuck in your memory forever. Otherwise, it tends to get erased from our memory quite easily.

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