Numbers 1-5 in ASL vs. Chinese (hand gestures)

Anahi, Journalist

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Wednesday, October 31,2018

Have you ever pondered about the differences in two languages? Well this might be an article of your interest and if you haven’t well it can still be entertaining. The two languages that will be talked about today is ASL and Chinese. The topic is the number difference of the hand gestures of the numbers 1-5.

In ASL the number 1 is just an extended index finger, the number 2 is similar but instead of having just the index finger you also include the middle finger. Moreover, the number 3 is the extension of our thumb, index, and middle finger, all separated. Additionally, the number 4 is all fingers extended beside the thumb but the number 5 is all the fingers extended as if your going to give a high five. The channel Laura Berg Life states that, “ […] your hand is facing you.” So this means while doing these numbers the back of your hand has to be facing you.

In Chinese the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 are the same finger placement as in ASL finger placement. The finger placement of the number three is the index, middle, and ring is extended while your pinky and thumb are touching but there is an alternative which is the middle, ring, and pinky are all extended while your index and thumb are touching. This finger placement is exactly as if you are doing a perfect sign or ok signal. Well that is how you do finger placement for the numbers 1-5 in ASL and Chinese.



ASL hand gestures for the numbers 1-5:

Intro to Chinese in the school V.I.S.A.