Sign Language Dictionary

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Slow in Sign Language

Learn how to sign slow. Sometimes it’s nice to move slow instead of fast!

1. Hold one arm straight out in front of you, palm down and fingers relaxed.
2. Take your other hand and, starting at the fingertips of the first hand, draw your it slowly up the length of the other arm.
3. This sign moves nice and slow – just like the word it represents. Use this cue to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Play a game of Simon Says, and work in directions to move fast and slow along with the motions. For instance, “Simon says jump up and down nice and slow!” Or, “Simon says spin around slow in a circle”. Add in cues to go fast too, and sign each time to support the direction!
  • If you’re wondering how to use sign language in the classroom, slow (and other directions) is a great place to start. Asking students to move or behave in a certain way and supporting the request with the sign will reinforce the request and help with classroom management!

Slow! Draw your hand slowly up your other hand. Slow!