Excuse Me

Video: Excuse Me in Sign Language

Signing: The sign for excuse me is also the sign for pardon me, or forgive me. You set up the sign by taking your non-dominant hand palm facing the sky, then brush along your palm with the fingertips of the dominant hand.

We remember this sign by thinking of a small child, brushing your leg with their hand to get your attention and saying excuse me.

Excuse Me in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Excuse Me in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Manners signs like please, thank you and excuse me are good signs for older children that have a larger vocabulary and have a more developed understanding of the world. These signs are a good introduction to the ideas of gratitude and courtesy.

Teach your child to sign excuse me to get your attention instead of interrupting, yelling, or throwing a tantrum. When they try and get your attention in an impolite way, do not give them attention, instead remind them “say excuse me when you want mommy’s attention.” or “Remember to say excuse me.” And be sure when they do it the right way, to reward them with your attention, or if that is not possible at least some acknowledgement.

Related Signs

Please, Thank You, Sorry

4 Responses to “Excuse Me”

  1. Nicol

    In reference to using “excuse me” for after belching, how would the manner change?

    ADMIN – Hi Nicol,

    Same sign, different context and appropriate facial expression.

  2. Bill Scarborough

    What would be the difference in performance?

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    First you take into account context. Secondly you maximize facial expression when performing the sign. For example when you burp you lower your gaze. When instead you are trying to go by someone who is in your path you sign with a smile and direct eye contact.

  3. Lake

    How about “excuse me” as in what one says after they burp. That’s not the attention-seeking kind of excuse me you’re describing here. Does it have a different sign?

    ADMIN – Hi Lake,

    The same sign, the difference would be in the manner in which you perform it.

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