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Sign Language Numbers for Beginners

When you choose to learn sign language for a loved one, your career or for the opportunity to integrate with the Deaf community; it gives you an amazing new perspective of the world. Like with any language it’s important to familiarize yourself with the basics of the language first including the ASL alphabet and ASL numbers. Once you learn them you will be able to get by in many different situations even if you don’t know a phrase you can always spell it out. It’s handy to know the numbers when you are talking about quantity, money or time. 

The good news is you can learn sign language numbers with very little effort. Numbers 1 to 5 are just like counting on your fingers and numbers 6 to 9 are counted by touching a finger to your tumb. We will also teach you how to count from 10-12, 20, 21 and how to say a hundred, thousand and million.

Read on to get started and remember to keep counting in sign language because practice makes perfect.

ZERO

To make this sign, use all your five fingers to make a full circle. 

Sign Language Number Zero
zero

One

To make this sign, you have to lift your index finger.

Sign language number 1
one

TWO

To make this sign you have to lift and extend your index and middle finger.
Tip: This is the same as the letter V. 

Sign Language Number 2
two

Three

To make this sign you need to extend the thumb, index, and middle finger.
Tip: Not to be confused with the letter ‘W’. They are different. 

Sign Language Number 3
three

FOUR

To make this sign you have to extend all four fingers except your thumb.

Sign Language Number 4
four

FIVE

For this sign, you have to extend all five fingers.

Sign Language Number 5
five

Six

To make this sign you must bring together your thumb and pinky with the remaining fingers extended.

Sign language number 6
six

SEVEN

To make this sign you must bring together your thumb and ring finger with the remaining fingers extended.

Sign language number 7
seven

EIGHT

To make this sign you must bring together your thumb and middle finger with the remaining fingers extended.

Sign language number 8
eight

NINE

To make this sign you must bring together your thumb and index finger with the remaining fingers extended.

Sign language number 9
nine

TEN

To make this sign you need to make a fist and wave your thumb.

Sign language number 10
ten

Eleven

To make this sign you must open your index finger with your palm facing you.

Sign language number 11
eleven

TWELVE

To make this sign you must open your index and middle finger with your palm facing you.

Sign language number 12
twelve

TWENTY

To make this sign you should let your thumb and index finger touch each other twice.

Sign language number 20
twenty

TWENTY-ONE

To make this sign you should let your index finger open and your thumb to trigger towards the opposite side.

Sign language number 21
twenty-one

Hundred

To make this sign you should form a C-shape with your hand.

Sign language number 100
hundred

Thousand

To make this sign you should bring your left-hand palm facing towards you to the middle of your right-hand palm faced upwards.

Sign language number 1,000
thousand

Million

To make this sign you should bring your left-hand palm facing towards you to the middle of your right-hand palm faced upwards twice.
Tip: 1000×1000

Sign language number 1,000,000
million

The demand for ASL is only growing and learning sign language can help you both personally and professionally. Now that you have the ASL numbers covered, learn more with our American Sign Language online course. For every course, you book we will donate a course to someone in need on your behalf. 

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