Using sign language to communicate can be an incredibly powerful and meaningful way to communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.
One of the most common signs used in sign language is the sign for will which is an important part of expressing intention or future plans.
If you’re interested in learning how to say will in sign language this blog post is for you!
What Will Means in Sign Language
In American Sign Language (ASL) will is used to indicate future intentions or plans.
It can also be used to express willingness such as if you are offering your help to someone or agreeing to do something.
In ASL will is used as a stand-alone sign and doesn’t require any grammatical inflections like in other languages.
The Sign for Will
The sign for will in ASL is typically made by joining the pointer finger and thumb of your dominant hand into a V shape and tapping them in the direction of the other person.
You may also find it helpful to imagine that you are pushing a button when you do this.
Additionally you can add emphasis to the sign by tapping the pointer finger and thumb together several times.
When to Use Will
When it comes to using will in sign language it is important to understand the context in which it is used.
As mentioned before will is typically used to express willingness or future plans.
For example when a person is asking for help they may sign You help me? and the other person could respond with Yes I will.
In this situation will is used to indicate that the person is willing to help.
When not to Use Will
It is important to note that will should not be used when talking about the past or present.
For example when talking about an event that occurred in the past the signer would not use will.
Instead they would use the sign for did.
Similarly when talking about something that is happening in the present the signer would not use will but instead would use the sign for is.
Practice Signing Will
Now that you know how to sign will it is important to practice signing it with someone else.
In order to do this you can find someone who is also learning sign language and practice signing with them.
Additionally there are plenty of online resources available that can help you practice signing will.
Learning how to sign will in sign language can be incredibly empowering and useful.
With a little bit of practice and patience you will soon be able to use this important sign to communicate with those who are deaf or hard of hearing.