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Wait in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to say wait in sign language. ‘wait’ is one of the common words you encounter in your sign language journey.

Considering the fact that the word changes depending on the sign language, we’ll only discuss British Sign Language or BSL today.

So, let’s begin.

Wait in Sign Language

Watch the full video, which we’ve given below.

If it moves too quickly for you, don’t worry. Below, each step will be covered in more detail.

BSL interpreter in a normal posture

  1. Start with a normal posture.

BSL interpreter with right hand folded in a fist

2. Raise your right hand.

3. Now bring your hands down.

BSL interpreter signing Wait

4. Say the word ‘wait’ while you’re signing.

That’s the first version of the word. So, let’s now see the second version, which is the two-handed version of the word.

British Sign Language interpreter standing in a normal posture

  1. Start with a normal posture again.

British Sign Language interpreter with both the hands raised

2. Raise both of your hands.

British Sign Language interpreter signing Wait

3. Now keep rotating your hands as shown in the picture above.

4. Say the word as you’re signing it.

To learn how to sign BSL alphabets, click here.


That’s how we say wait in sign language. As you can see, there are two versions of the word. One of them needs both hands to sign while the other doesn’t. This is why visibility is key in sign language, especially BSL, where there are a lot of words that need both our hands to sign.

So if your audience can’t clearly see you, they’ll get confused or misinterpret the word for something offensive.

Always keep a smile on your face too. You’ll quickly establish a connection with your audience with just a simple, sweet smile.

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