The Surprising Question I Get All the Time

Which Hand for blogWhen I started teaching Tiny Signs classes back in 2009, I never would have guessed that the question I would get asked in almost every class session would be, “does it matter which hand I sign with?”

But it’s a great question and I’m always happy to answer. I actually have TWO answers to the question: the official American Sign Language answer and the “signing with a squirmy baby in your arms” answer. Check out the video to hear my explanation, or skip to below for a quick summary…

Here’s a quick recap…

One-Handed Signs

For one-handed signs – like “milk” – use your dominant hand. Your dominant hand is the hand you write with.

milkTwo-Handed Signs (same hand shape and motion)

For some two-handed signs – like “more” –  it doesn’t matter because your hands are doing the exact same thing.


Two-Handed Signs (different hand shape and motion)

For some two-handed signs – like “tree” –  your dominant hand (the one you write with) takes a starring role doing the main motion or action of the sign, and your other hand (non-dominant hand) takes a supporting role.


I hope that helps if this was a question on your mind. Let me know if you have any other questions in the Comments below!

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