YES or NO (plus some bonuses – curious?)

MAYBE - alternate hands up and down

Often I am asked how to sign YES and NO in sign language.  Indeed there are formal signs for these words, but, frankly the obvious choice is to shake your head YES or NO.

 

If one wants to learn how to sign YES, simply make the handshape S (as below). Then bob it up and down as if it is a head nodding the affirmative.

YES! Move your wrist up and down as if this fist is your head bobbing up and down to say YES!
YES! Move your wrist up and down as if this fist is your head bobbing up and down to say YES!

 

To make the sign for NO use the “N” manual alphabet handshake and close it to the “O” handshape.  Of course, adding the headshape NO is a bonus!

 

When you say NO but you mean WRONG.  Try this sign instead!

WRONG is made with the Y handshake to the chin
WRONG is made with the Y handshape to the chin

 

What if you are indecisive? 

The MAYBE sign is made with hands being alternated up and down. As if you are saying, “If not this one, then that one”.

MAYBE - alternate hands up and down
MAYBE – alternate hands up and down

 

And, when you see DOUBLE ZEROS, that means NOTHING, NO WAY and even in Spanish – NADA!

 

 

Double ZEROS - tend to be made near the head or chest area - depending on the context.
Double ZEROS – tend to be made near the head or chest area – depending on the context.

Happy Signing!