Category Archives: Sign of the Week

SOTW 12: What Subjects Do You Study?

The March school holidays are here!

However, knowing the Singapore, our children are probably taking enrichment lessons or catching up with the curriculum.

So what subjects are they studying? Find out here:

Note on Hand Shape:

The signs for ScienceChemistryBiology and Physics are the same except for the hand shape, which are A, C, B and P respectively. See our video on fingerspelling for reference.


SOTW 11: Happy Birthday

Now you’ve learnt how to spell and count, what else can you do (besides telling people your IC number)? We think it’d be great to learn how to wish them a happy birthday!

So, on the THIRD month of the year, we present you THREE ways to say Happy Birthday in Singapore Sign Language! Here they are:

Tell us which version you like the most!

SOTW 09: Introducing Yourself

Now you’ve learnt fingerspelling, you can start introducing yourself!

Members of the Deaf community usually have sign names, which incorporate an aspect of the person’s name with the sign of their favourite activity or most prominent feature.

When introducing yourself, it is customary to first give your sign name then spell out your full name. When interacting with a group of deaf and hearing people, you should also indicate if you are deaf or hearing.

Here’s how it’s done:

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SOTW 08: Fingerspelling

Think you know your alphabet so well you can recite it backwards? Well, time to try signing it!

The SgSL fingerspelling is based on the ASL fingerspelling. In fact, they are identical except for the letter ‘T’, which has been modified because the original sign is offensive in the local context.

Fingerspelling is integral to sign language and is used mainly for names and words that lack signs. Once you master it, you can pretty much communicate anything you want!

Check out the video here:

Here’s a ASL Fingerspelling chart. Note how the letter ‘T’ differs from the video.

ASL Fingerspelling

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SOTW 06: Will You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Get the stammers just thinking how you’re going to ask your crush out? Why not sign it? It might just win their heart over.

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SOTW 05: Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!

Surprise your relatives this year by offering your Chinese New Year greetings in sign!

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SOTW 04: Thank You

Thank you everybody for your support of Sign of the Week so far. We hope you have learnt a thing or two! And to further show our sincerity, let us sign it to you.

Signing Tips:

When signing ‘thank you very much’, bow a little to emphasise your gratitude!

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SOTW 03: Nice to Meet You

Whether you made a new friend today or simply seek some affirmation in the mirror, it’s always pleasant to let people now how much you appreciate their acquaintance.

Note on Sign Grammar:

When signing, it is important to indicate the subject and object of a sentence. This is the same reason why we write ‘I met him yesterday’ rather than ‘me met he yesterday’. The equivalent in sign is the concept of directionality. In this week’s sign, the word MEET should be signed in the direction of the person you are speaking to, as demonstrated in the Recap section of the video.


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SOTW 02: Daily Greetings

How better to start a day than with a hearty ‘Good Morning’!

A ‘Good Afternoon’, I hear you say?

Well, whenever and however you prefer to slip out of bed, spice up your daily greetings by signing them!

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SOTW 01: Happy New Year

It’s 2014!

Happy New Year!

Now how do you say that in sign language? Check out our very first sign of the week!

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