LearnSigns 27: Giving Directions

This lesson is about how to give directions. The concept of how to give directions seems to be difficult for many people. Don’t let it discourage you.

Remember that the key to giving directions is to give them from your perspective. It is called the signers perspective. Each step should be given as if you were the one going to the location. Consequently, when you are receiving directions from someone remember they are telling you as if they were going to the location.

New vocabulary learned in this lesson:

  • North
  • South
  • East
  • West
  • Beside
  • In front of
  • Behind
  • Before
  • After
  • Past / Beyond
  • Right
  • Left

If you are adventurous and want to try your hand at watching a video in signs there is a good video about giving directions in sign language done by a deaf lady. The video is loosely captioned and gives you an idea of what she is saying in sign language. It is well done and explains direction giving with some good examples.

View the episode transcript.

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