What is sign language for love?

Love is the universal language. To learn how to sign love:

1. Cross both arms over your chest.
2. Give yourself a little squeeze and rock your torso left to right a few times.
3. This sign looks like you are hugging someone you love. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Click the Sign Language video below to learn how to sign love.


Love. It’s like you’re hugging somebody with love.

Sign Language for Love

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

Practicing Tips: Play the “I love game”. Start by modeling this sentence, “I love ______ because_______!” You can talk about people, animals, or even special items or occasions. The sentences can be serious, sweet, or even silly. Ask your child to generate her own sentences about things she loves too. Sign the word love each time. Basic sign language for babies can start with easy-to-do signs, such as love. Each time you use the word love, sign it to your baby and then cross her arms over her chest and help her sign it too.

The sign for love is taught in Signing Time Series One Volume 4.

Signing Time Series One Volume 4 DVD

Signing Time Series One Volume 4 Digital

What is Sign Language for I love you?

The sign for I love you is also referred to as ILY because it is a combination of the American Sign Language letters I, L and Y all at once. To sign I Love you, Hold the hand out, palm facing away from you with your thumb, pointer and pinkie are all extended, while keeping your ring finger and your middle finger down.

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