8 Responses to “U to Z Words – Baby Sign Language Dictionary”

  1. Kristin

    I love this site. As a pre-k teacher I am teaching sign language to my students and they love it. I was wondering if you had a sign for winter? Thank you for all the helpful videos!

    Kristin

    ADMIN:
    Hi Kristin,
    Many people just sign “cold” when they mean “winter.” That is okay as long as you can figure out the meaning from the context of the sentence. If there is any ambiguity (if it isn’t clear) as to the meaning, then you can use an initialized sign that uses “W” handshapes on the sign “cold.”

  2. Maria

    I need a sign for a weasel or a ferret. I haven’t found any by googling those. Thank you if you can help out!

    ADMIN – Hi Maria,

    Weasel or Ferret are normally spelled out. You may want to consider teaching your little one to do the sign for the letter F and bounce it on top of her left palm three times. This is not an official sign but one that is commonly used with babies of households with this type of family pet

  3. A Friend

    You need a sign for window!

    ADMIN – Hi Friend,

    We have added the window sign. Thanks for suggesting it.

  4. Missy

    I like your website and how easy to understand the signs your instructions are with a video and multiple pictures. Just curious though, you don’t have ‘You’re welcome’ on here and I’m big on manners and my daughter uses sign language for ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ (and we are trying to get her to do more signing) but then when she tells her big brother thank you he will tell her ‘you’re welcome’ but I want him to sign it to her.

    I found it on another website but then a friend said she does a different sign for ‘you’re welcome’. I thought maybe they have a different sign for babies since they can’t do all the different finger type signs as easily…?! Just curious as to what you do for it. Let’s just say, I trust your opinion! ;)

    ADMIN – Hi Missy,

    Glad the site has been useful to you. We have added the ‘you’re welcome’ sign. There are lots of variations in sign language like all language. You can often have multiple signs for the same word, and regional variations too. We pick the easiest and most common sign where there are two or more options. That certainly doesn’t mean your friend is wrong.

    You are right that finger spelling is impractical for babies. Many words in ASL have no official sign, and are most correctly finger-signed. In the few cases this happens, we use commonly used unofficial-signs instead.

  5. Josh

    I am a stay at home dad and we have been working on sign language with my son Matthew. We have been teaching him basic signs and he has demonstrated significant progress. As we introduce new foods to his diet I had a question for you: Is it better to teach kids grouping concepts like “vegetable” and “fruit” or should I start with specific items like “apple” & “carrot”?

    I am unsure if babies can understand abstracts in grouping.

    ADMIN – Hi Josh,

    We usually start with specifics and then introduce the abstract a little later on. So start with specifics like orange, or banana, then once babies has the fundamentals you can start introducing grouping words like fruit.

    You would be suprised at babies power of abstraction and generalizing. They have a strong intuitive grasp of grouping and pick it up very quickly, sometimes even creating their own new groups.

  6. Angelica

    I love your website. I ordered a CD-ROM and flash cards on Sign Language, but your website has been much more helpful. I just wish I had found it before ordering the other stuff.
    Thanks.

  7. Angela Lynch

    How do you sign zoo?

    ADMIN – Hi Anglea,

    We have added zoo to the dictionary. The sign looks like you are tracing the letter ‘z’, then making two ‘o’ letters with your fist.

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