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American Sign Language: "aunt"

The sign for "aunt" is made by first shaping your hand to form the letter "A." Hold your hand close to your cheek.  Twist your hand a couple of times.


AUNT:



"How many aunts do you have?" 



Note: This can also be signed, "AUNT YOU HOW-MANY?"  (Longer sentences tend to put the "how many" concept at the end. For shorter sentences it is less of an issue. But do it however your local instructor prefers).

 



American Sign Language: "Uncle"


T
he sign for "uncle" is made by first shaping your hand to form the letter "U."  Hold your hand close to your right temple. Twist your hand a couple of times.
 


 



Memory aid: Think of the initial for "Aunt" or "Uncle" next to the female or male-related sign position.  Notice how most male signs (boy, man, uncle, father, brother...) are done near the forehead or "brain" area--which is to say, where the thinking occurs, but most female-related signs (mother, sister, aunt) are near the mouth where the talking occurs? I pointed this out to my wife and she explained it to me:  "Men think they know what they are talking about, women really do."
 



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