In American Sign Language, "you're welcome" is expressed as "thank you." You can sign it by making a fist and bringing it across your chest. This is the typical way to say "you're welcome" in most sign languages. However, there are some variations that you may want to be aware of. In British Sign Language, for example, you would say "pardon?" In Australian Sign Language, you would say "no worries." Keep these variations in mind when traveling or conversing with others who use different sign languages. No matter which variation you use, be sure to emphasize the word "you're" to make sure your meaning is clear.
There are other ways to say "you're welcome" in sign language as well. You can sign something like "I'm glad I could help" or "Don't mention it." If you want to be polite and thank the person again, you can also sign "thank you." Whatever variation of "you're welcome" you choose to use, make sure that your facial expression and body language match the sentiment. For example, if you sign "no worries," try to look relaxed and happy. This will show the person that you really mean it when you say thanks.
Variations of "you're welcome" in other sign languages
● British Sign Language: "pardon?"
● Australian Sign Language: "no worries"
● Norwegian Sign Language: "velkommen tilbake" (welcome back)
● Swedish Sign Language: "välkommen tillbaka" (welcome back)
● Japanese Sign Language: You are welcome./It is nothing.
● Swahili Sign Language: Hakuna Matata (No problem)
● Turkish Sign Language: Bir şey değil (You're welcome)
Now that you know how to say "you're welcome" in sign language, be sure to use it the next time someone does something nice for you. It's a great way to let them know that you appreciate their gesture and this way you can convey your emotions most accurately without a single word.
How to communicate in sign language
In the hearing loss community, sign language is one of the major forms of communication used.
It consists of hand movements, hand shapes as well as facial expressions and lip patterns in order to demonstrate what people want to say.
Sign language is often used instead of spoken language in Deaf communities, as some people with hearing loss have been brought up solely using sign language to communicate with family or friends. Of course, even those with normal or limited hearing can also learn this wonderful, expressive language!
The first thing to understand is what type of sign language you want to learn. This will most likely be based on where you live, and what verbal language is spoken in your community. Hand signs can vary based on the type of sign language being used. For example, there is American Sign Language (ASL), British Sign Language (BSL), and various others, based on different languages.
In general, sign language is grouped into three sections :
● Deaf sign languages: The preferred languages of Deaf communities around the world; including village sign languages, shared with the hearing community, and Deaf-community sign languages
● Auxiliary sign languages: Sign systems used alongside oral, spoken languages.
● Signed modes of spoken languages, or manually coded languages: Used to bridge signed and spoken languages
How to learn sign language
If you’re ever considering learning sign language, this is one of the best ways to do it! Often community centers, community colleges, or other educational centers offer day or evening classes. Qualified sign language tutors can help you work toward sign language qualifications. Classes are also a great way to meet new people and see the signs face-to-face. Being in a class gives the opportunity to practice signing with different people. It is considered a good investment if the qualification leads to a job! If you’re interested, research for classes in your local area or contact your local education authority.
Sign language group or deaf club
Many cities have deaf clubs or groups of deaf people who meet regularly and quite often use sign language as their form of communication. It’s a fantastic place to meet new people, who share hearing loss in common as well as the chance to polish your sign language skills. You can contact a Deaf charity or organization nearby, or search for a group using websites.
Online courses can be an alternative to day or evening classes that you take in person. Some Deaf organizations and universities provide these, so do some research to find the best course for you. Online courses are more flexible because they can be done in your own time, or in the comfort of your own home. You can practice as much as you need, and there is often no pressure to complete it.
If you want to learn sign language quickly, a private tutor could be the best way. Research local, qualified sign language tutors in your area who are willing to offer private tuition. Courses could be done in one-to-one sessions, or in small groups of your choice. You may find a private tutor more of a benefit if you find a large class environment is too difficult to learn in.
Read a book
If you’re not a fan of online learning, there are plenty of books available at bookshops and libraries. There are varieties from Sign Language dictionaries, books for children, step-by-step learning and so much more! These, however, may be more difficult to learn from, as the movements for the signs are not as obvious to see, in contrast to watching a video.
Thank you for reading! We hope this article has helped you learn more about sign language and how to go about learning it. Remember to always use facial expressions and gestures when signing, as they help to clarify the message that you are trying to communicate. And most importantly, have fun while learning!