Sign Language Dictionary

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Telephone in Sign Language

Learn how to sign telephone. Ring-ring!

1. Extend your thumb and your pinky and tuck the rest of the fingers into the palm.
2. Bring your hand up to your ear.
3. This sign looks like you are holding a phone to your ear to have a chat. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Provide play telephones for your child. Encourage them to call imaginary friends or favorite people and have a pretend conversation. You can even be the person on the other line. Sign telephone together while you play!
  • Learn sign language online and for free from your smartphone! If you’re okay with it, allow kids limited screen time to watch our YouTube videos, videos in this dictionary, and our app. Encourage her to tell you about what she is learning by using sentences such as, “I saw how to sign potty on the telephone!” This also makes the screen time more interactive and less passive, which is always a good thing.

Telephone. Your thumb and pinky make a telephone. Bring it up to your ear, like you’re talking on the phone. Telephone.

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