Sign Language Dictionary

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How are you?

How Are You? in Sign Language

Learn how to sign how are you in ASL to begin a meeting with a pleasant greeting!

1. This is a two part sign. First sign the word how by placing both fists together, thumbs up, and rolling your hands forward so the palms end up facing up and the fingers are slightly curled in.
2. Next sign you simply by pointing at the person you are addressing.
3. Together these two pieces make up “How are you?” This sign can also mean “How are you doing?”

Teaching Tips:

  • Create activities for children that encourage good manners! Begin by signing “How are you?” and then asking your child to reply with how they feel (good, tired, etc.) and then sign back to you. If you’re in a classroom, let children take turns greeting one another this way.
  • Children learn best by observing! So model this sign in your own interactions everyday. You can exchange the greeting with your spouse or partner each morning and evening, or maybe even people in your community. Your little one will soon mimic what he sees.

How are you? Or, How are you doing? First, sign how. Put your fingers together, thumbs up, and then roll them forward. How. Then point: you. How are you? How are you?!