American Manual Alphabet

American Sign Language consists of numerous signs used to denote complete words and phrases.  The manual alphabet supplements this vocabulary and is used when the spelling out of specific words such as proper names is required. Please note that, when in use, the palm of the hand nearly always faces away from the body. However, there are a few exceptions such as the letters g and h and the numbers 1 through 5. Below is a  presentation from Color of Language that demonstrates the proper use the alphabet. Click on the arrow in the center of the screen to start.