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Z in Sign Language – Video & Image Included

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Today, we’re going to learn how to spell Z in sign language. You may be wondering why we used the term ‘spell’ instead of ‘say.’

That’s because that’s precisely what we do when we’re studying British Sign Language BSL or another sign language, such as American Sign Language ASL. Let us clarify.

If you are a part of the deaf community or have dealt with deaf people, you may be familiar with the concept of the sign language alphabet. It is made up of a sequence of hand motions that are used to spell words or individual letters. To sign the letter ‘Z,’ we’ll have to use these fingerspelling alphabets.

Fingerspelling is distinct from all other aspects of spoken language. Word order is one of the reasons we occasionally have to utilise these manual alphabets.

Let’s get this ball rolling. We’ll just be talking about BSL today.

Z in Sign Language

Check out the full video, which is embedded below.

Don’t be concerned if it moves too rapidly for you. We will discuss each stage in further depth below.

Before we begin, keep in mind that BSL is a two-handed sign language. That suggests you’ll be using both hands to communicate.

There are signs where we utilise our dominant hand for one movement and our non-dominant hand for assisting gestures. Never swap your dominant hand when signing. This will confuse the individual with whom you are conversing.

Now, proceed with the instructions outlined below.

A woman standing in a straight normal posture in front of a white wall

1. Start with a normal posture.

2. Raise both hands to your chest.

3. Remember that your dominant hand (right hand in our example) will be like a pen, and your non-dominant hand (left hand in our example) will be like a piece of paper.

Woman showing how to sign the letter Z in BSL

4. Spread all your fingers (from your index finger to your pinky) of your right hand like the image above. Your thumb will be pointing upwards.

5. Spread all the fingers on your left hand in a similar fashion, and it’ll point towards the one you’re communicating with.

6. Touch the palm of your left hand with the fingertips of your right hand. Refer to the image above for clarification.

7. Pronounce the letter as you’re signing it.


So, that’s how we sign Z in British Sign Language. Check that the person with whom you are speaking can see you clearly. If the signer’s gestures are not visible, anybody might easily misread the message. You must regularly practice the sign if you want to learn it; otherwise, you risk forgetting it over time. Keep a beautiful smile on your face as well. Smiles help people connect quicker.

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