The sign for noise in ASL is done by
pointing to (or touching) your ear and then shaking your hands a couple of
"Last night the thunder and lightening was very loud and noisy!"
Note: If you ask ten different people to sign this sentence for you you will
invariably get ten different answers. How do I know? I've
asked many dozens of people to sign it. For what it is worth, I'll
show you my variation.
Note the difference between "noisy" and "thunder."
Notes: I sign "PAST / before" to mean "last" in this sentence.
For THUNDER, I point to the ear then I use a firm converse double movement
with both hands using "handshape: 5."
For LIGHTENING, I make a downward zigzagging movement with index
For "very" I did the sign "OOH" which uses an intense facial expression and
the dominant hand in a claw shape making shaking movement in front of the
For LOUD, I point to the ear then I use a firm converse double movement with
two hands using "handshape: S" on each hand.
For NOISY, I point to the ear then I use a simultaneous twisting movement of
both hands using "handshape: 5."
If you wanted, you could have a lot of fun and/or get into a lot of heated
arguments over the "right way" to do the sentence: "Last night the
thunder and lightening was very loud and noisy!" Realistically though, there
is no one right way -- just a lot of varying ways. What I've shown
you above are some "good ways" that should fill your need until you find a
Good luck :)