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FINGERSPELLING

 

 GRAPHIC (Shows manual representations of English alphabet A-through-Z; also used to reference specific handshapes or when fingerspelling.)

 

INTRODUCTION

... to be continued.

 

PRACTICE  (Also see the PRACTICE PAGE)

Some fingerspellers seem to have no trouble at all, while others of us have trouble with it.  

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: th; 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 fingerspelling.  

Speed will come with practice, and is not a goal to take the place of accuracy and clarity.

... to be continued.

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