Why in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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How do you say Why in sign language? Depending on the sentence, it can equally work as an adverb or a noun. It can be used as an exclamation to add emphasis to a response, as well as sign language.

For example:

“Why did you ask this question?’’
Here, ‘Why’ is working as an adverb.

Thus it’s among the first words you learn in your sign language journey. So, today we’re going to discuss how to say Why in sign language.

However, keep in mind that the Why in sign languages like French Sign Language FSL, American Sign Language ASL, or British Sign Language BSL are all different from one another. For other sign languages, the same remains true. But today, we’ll just discuss BSL.

So let’s start our discussion on how to sign Why in BSL.

Why in Sign Language

As we mentioned previously, different regions use different forms of sign language. Americans who are deaf communicate differently than Australians who are deaf.

Like spoken languages, sign languages develop naturally, and both the deaf community and other sign language users (hearing people) influence this growth.

As such, some sign languages develop a unique way of delivery.

For example, BSL is a two-handed sign language. That suggests you’ll be using both hands to communicate.

Not all sign languages use this technique. Imagine that a piece of paper is in one of your hands. The pen will be in the other hand.

We refer to the hand that holds a pen as the dominant hand. The right hand is typically used. Your non-dominant hand is your left one, which will play the role of the paper. The base hand is another name for it.

Don’t switch hands while making a sign. In that case, your audience won’t understand the signs.

So, back to our topic: the sign for Why.

Please watch the video which is given below:

Now follow the steps below:

Why in british sign language
Why in british sign language
  1. Start with a normal posture. For non-verbal communication like sign language, body language is as essential.
Why in sign language uk
Why in sign language uk
  1. Raise your right hand.
  2. Open your thumb and index finger.
  3. Now touch your right hand along your chest to your left twice.
  4. Say the word ‘Why’ while you’re signing.


So that’s how we sign Why in sign language. One more important piece of advice: Make sure the person you’re interacting with can see your hand gestures and facial expressions.

If people can’t see what you’re doing properly, some signs seem disrespectful. Avoid taking this chance. Keep a lovely smile on your face while you talk to them.

You’ll feel more connected as a result. Finally, maintain a regular practice schedule for your newly found sign language skills.

Otherwise, you’ll start to forget them.

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