Sign Language Dictionary

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Friends in Sign Language

Learn how to sign friends – it’s the same as the singular form of the word, friend! We’ve provided some additional teaching tips to go with this variation on the sign too!
1. Make hook shapes with both pointers, and fold the rest of your fingers into each palm.
2. Hook the pointers together and then switch so that that the pointer that was on the bottom moves to the top.
3. Friends stick together – just like those pointer fingers hooked together! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Find some books about good friends. Talk with your child about the way the characters are good friends to one another. Have your child point out the friends in the illustrations and practice signing the word friend.
  • Teach your child the old round “Make New Friends”. The lyrics are, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold”. Sing this together, signing friend each time it appears in the song. Once your child has the song down, try it as a round!

Friend! Friends like to be together. To sign friend, hook your fingers together then switch them. Just like two friends close together. Hey friend! Let’s sign friend.