Make the sign for "good"
by placing the fingers of your right hand against your lips. Move your right hand into the palm of your left hand.
Both hands should be facing upward.
the sign "GOOD" is done without
the base hand. When signed with just the dominant hand only, this sign can mean, "thank
you" or it can still mean "good."
For example, when signing "good morning" I
rarely use the left hand.
HEATHER: I've seen this sign off the chin instead of the
lips. Does that change the meaning?
Dr Bill: No. It still means the same thing. Realistically it doesn't
"touch" either the chin or the lips. The sign for both "good" and "thank
HEATHER: How can I tell if they are saying "Thank you," or
Dr Bill: By the context of the sentence. Or sometimes by lip
movements. One slight difference between the signs "GOOD" and "THANK YOU"
is that the sign "THANK YOU" is "directional." That means it is signed
toward the person whom is being thanked. GOOD is signed with a simple
I remember teaching a class to the co-workers of a Deaf
employee. When I taught this sign, the Deaf employee insisted that
"GOOD" was off the lips and "THANK YOU" was off the
chin. I just smiled and mentioned to the students that they would see it both ways in the
community but when around their co-worker to sign it his way. [By
the way, not all Deaf people are great signers -- just as not all Hearing
people are great speakers of English.]
Notice that in the compound sign for "goodnight" we actually drop the second
part of the regular sign for good and instead smoothly transition into
BAD" is very similar to "GOOD"
except there is a reversal of orientation for negation--which means that by
twisting the palm-side of the hand so that it
points down (instead of up--as in
the sign for good) it now means the opposite of good. You also change your
facial expression to match your meaning. Generally this is a frown or
scowl when signing "BAD."
Make the sign for "BAD"
by placing the fingers of your right hand against your lips.
Move your hand down and away.
Your palm will now be facing downward.