How to sign affect in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 1)


Impact or influence

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand on top of the back of your non-dominant hand. Then move your dominant hand away from yourself, while changing your handshape to a "5" handshape.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of affect

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of affect

End of Sign

Final Frame of affect

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for affect
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for affect
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for affect
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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