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(Also see the PRACTICE
fingerspellers seem to have no trouble at all, while others of us have trouble
Learning to fingerspell by repeating the alphabet over and over
is not especially helpful in building fingerspelling skill because letters in
English words do not naturally appear in A-B-C order, so a helpful approach is
to practice letter-combinations (sequences) that do. Try focusing on
common letter-sequence practice drills, fingerspelling them again and
again. You might be delighted with how quickly you are able to pick up the
mechanics of common letter-sequences, and gratified by how often they will show
up in fingerspelled words.
Some two-letter sequences to practice are:
he; an; re; er; in; on; at; nd; st; es; en; of; te; ed; or; ti; hi; as; and to.
Here are some three-letter sequences:
the; ing; and; ion; ent; for; tio; ere;
her; ate; ver; ter; tha; ati; hat; ers; his; res; ill; and are.
Remember to avoid bouncing or jerking each letter, as this wastes energy, can
exacerbate repetitive-motion problems, and makes viewing comprehension extremely
difficult. The goal is to produce smooth, fluid, and accurate
Speed will come with practice, and is not a goal to take
the place of accuracy and clarity.
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