How to talk about love in three sign languages

I love writing about sign languages from all around the world, but sometimes the written word isn’t the easiest way to convey what a sign looks like.

Recently, I went looking for GIFs of signs that appear in my story Reading the Signs, which features Dutch Sign Language (Nederlandse Gebarentaal or NGt), and my story What Marriage Is Aboutwhich features German Sign Language (Deutsche Gebärdensprache or DGS).

But I couldn’t find any! So I decided to make some accompanying GIFs from various teaching videos I’d found around the web.

In this post, I’m sharing some of the GIFs I made along with a bunch of love-related words in American Sign Language I borrowed from GIPHY’s huge library of ASL signs.

Since a whole page full of moving GIFs can be overwhelming, I’ve added hide/show tabs so you don’t have to see all of them at once unless you like. Just press [+] to show a sign, and [-] to hide it.

Enjoy!

Dutch Sign Language

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Click to see Dutch Sign Language: “I love you”

 

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Click to see Dutch Sign Language: “marry” (verb)


German Sign Language

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Click to see German Sign Language: I love you

Share it on GIPHY or watch the video on www.spreadthesign.com.

 

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Click to see German Sign Language: “I love you”—another way


American Sign Language

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Click to see American Sign Language: “fall in love”

ASL sign for fall in love

 

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Click to see American Sign Language: “I love you”

ASL signs for I love you

 

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Click to see American Sign Language: “I love you”—another way

ASL ILY sign, a one-yanded sign that means I love you

This sign is also known as the “ILY” sign because it combines the handshapes of fingerspelled I, L, and Y. It has caught on in countries, including the Netherlands.

 

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