Signing Time Dictionary

We are committed to providing resources for parents who value signing with their children. Our sign language dictionary includes over 400 common signs including the top starter sings for your baby. For each word, there is a video, diagram, and teaching notes to make learning new signs easy. Many of our signs include free downloadable ASL Flashcards to help reinforce the signs taught in our series.

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Telephone in Sign Language

Learn how to sign telephone in ASL (American Sign Language). Ring-ring! Ring-ring! Whether it be a cell phone, a smart phone, or a mobile phone. Sign telephone today!

  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 – to learn how to sign telephone in ASL

  • 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.

Download the Flashcard (click on the image. The file contains a few color and black-and-white options. Print according to your needs.)

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