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American Sign Language:  "change"

If you mean "change" as in "a pile of coins" see: COINS.

If you mean "change" as in something has or will become different then you can use the general sign for CHANGE.


Example: "I changed my mind."

Variation:  You might also see the sign done a little larger:

Note: You can do this sign even larger to indicate a BIG change.

Adapt or accommodation: 

Start with the right hand in front of the left. Use a "hand over hand" movement. Each hand moves in one complete circle and they end up back where they started.  When the right hand is up, the left hand is down. When the right hand is back, the left hand is forward.

CHANGE (coins)
Place an "F" hand on your palm, then make a little arc up, forward, and down again.
Memory Tip:  Think of showing two quarters on the palm of your hand. 

Also see: COINS

A student wrote:
I've looked around online, I can't find out how to say this phrase: "change your mind" or "I changed my mind."
I'm scared that signing it literally would be signed English, but if there was a way of saying it in ASL I would love to see it!
Thanks for your help!

The phrase, "I changed my mind," would indeed be done by using the standard sign for CHANGE.
Unless there was a specific need to state "my" mind, you can just drop the sign "MY" and it would be understood that it is "my" mind that is being changed because I just recently pointed at myself.
To sign "change your mind" it would be good to insert the sign YOUR. If you are signing, Did you change your mind? you could just sign, "YOU CHANGE MIND?" with your eyebrows raised.
-- Dr. Bill


Also see: EXCHANGE

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