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How Do We “Juggle” in Written ASL?

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Do you know how to juggle in written ASL?

Don’t worry, anyone can do it! First, let’s gather all the ingredients:

Space + Digits + Movement Lines

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How do the three ingredients come together? Easy! There’s only three steps in the directions:

1) Space

Go ahead and express the ASL word, “juggle!” Where are you signing? Do your hands contact your body? Your hands should be in the neutral space right in front of you, so we begin to write from our perspective as writers. This step is not actually written — it’s kept in your mind.

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2) Digits

Since our handshapes change during “juggle,” we need to write the first and last handshapes. The digits are shown below.

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3) Movement Marks

Here’s the secret sauce to this recipe! “Juggle” is a two-handed word, with alternating movements. We use the alternating mark on motion lines to show the turn-taking of our hands. Vertical marks demonstrate the up-and-down direction. Finally, endpoints tell us how many times the movements are done.

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Then bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes — no, we’re kidding! Go ahead and enjoy writing “juggle” right away!

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7 Ways to Write “Thanksgiving”

Here at ASLwrite we want to thank our readers for their enthusiasm and positive energy in writing ASL. We appreciate having the privilege of signing and want to continue supporting American Sign Language through writing. If there’s anything we can do to encourage you as you learn, please do email Adrean at info@aslwrite.com.

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The ASL word “Thanksgiving” has many variations. We’ve written 7 of them here.

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Some of them have the “G/Q” handshape (written digit) that denotes a turkey’s wattle — and others focus on showing gratitude.

To wish someone a “Happy Thanksgiving” – check out the banner below.

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Which sign do you use for “Thanksgiving”? Feel free to share in the comments!

Reader Requests: Happy Halloween and “Tru Biz”

This week we’re introducing a new feature — Reader Requests. There may be some words that are a little tricky to write out, or readers are curious what a particular ASL word looks like. They will also appear in the Writing Dictionary.

Happy Halloween

With a little holiday color, let’s see how we can wish someone a “Happy Halloween”:

happyhalloween Reader Requests: Happy Halloween and Tru Biz

To see the “halloween” sign in ASL, click here.

The regional sign for “Halloween” in Minnesota is different. The handshape is the same one used for the ASL word “kid,” and edge diacritics show that the handshapes are held with the pinky finger outwards from the face.

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Minnesota Style!

Requested by Heather Golob on our Facebook page.

Tru Biz

This ASL word has often been described as untranslatable from English. It’s glossed as “tru biz” or as John Maucere puts it in his show – “tubis.” The gist of its meaning in English is “actually, literally.”

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Most common usage of “tru biz”

Of course, ridiculous situations sometimes require a little extra oomph:

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“Tru biz” with a flourish.

Requested by Engage by Eview on Twitter.

Are there words that you’d like to see in a future Reader Requests? Let us know below!

5 (More) Easy ASL Words to Write Today

Are you finished with your original 5 words, and still chomping at the bit to write more? Take a step up with the following 5 written ASL words!

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“How” is an extramanual mark, so it’s a little different from the other words.

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Combine “How” and “Write” together and you have a great question to help you get more ASL words to write! Use the fingerspelling chart to complete the question.

friend 5 (More) Easy ASL Words to Write Today
“Friend” is a combination of 2 digits, recognizable and easy to write.

kissfist 5 (More) Easy ASL Words to Write Today
Love what you’re writing so far? “Kiss-fist” it!

pah 5 (More) Easy ASL Words to Write Today
Write “Pah” to show your success and joy!

What words would you like to see animated? Let us know below!

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Want to learn more about written ASL? Check out How to Write American Sign Language!

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