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Video:How to Sign Numbers in ASL

with Justin Jackerson

Signing numbers is much different and more complex than counting on your fingers. See how to sign both high and low numbers in American Sign Language.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sign Numbers in ASL

Hi, I'm Justin from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for About.com. Today I am going to show you how to sign numbers. When I start counting, you will see my hand moving different directions. Let's try it.

Sign Numbers 1-10

1-5, palm facing inward
6-9, palm facing outward
10, wiggle marks

Signing 11+

11-12, flip repeating
13-15, inward repeated
16-19, end with the hand twisting outward to form
20-29, L-Hand-shape to represent 2 (except 22)

Out to Sign Repeat Numbers

22,33,44,55,66,77,88,99 same number is repeated and palm down

Signing High Numbers

101-109, Use O in the middle
100,200,300,400,500,600,700,800,900, C Hand-shape after the first digit number, bend 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,and 9
1,000, '1 repeat' Bend B on palm and open thumb
10,000, '10 repeat' Bend B on palm and open thumb
100,000, '100 repeat' Bend B on palm and open thumb
1 million, '1 repeat twice' Bend B on palm and open thumb
Billion, Trillion, Zillion, Finger-spelling

Thanks for learning some ASL with us. It may be a challenge at first, but as with any language, it gets easier if you keep practicing! To learn more, visit About.com.
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