Sign Language Dictionary

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Who in Sign Language

Learn how to sign who – one of the WH questions helpful when describing!

1. Bring one hand up to your face. Rest your thumb under your chin and bend your pointer finger. The rest of the fingers are folded into the palm.
2. Wiggle the pointer finger up and down a couple of times.
3. It might be helpful to think of this sign like an owl’s beak asking “whoo- whoo”. Use this cue to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Reading games for children help with comprehension. Make simple puppets of characters from a classic book, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, for instance. Ask your child questions about the story such as, “Who ate the porridge?” or “Who found Goldilocks”. Sign who to support the question. The child then picks up the correct puppet and says, “This is who (ate the porridge, found Goldilocks, etc.)
  • Try this poem: “Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.” Sign who, wind, and trees!

Who. Put your thumb at your chin and bend your pointer as you ask, who? Who.