Mime Signs Video Dictionary – R

Raise (lift)
Handshape: Open Hand
Memory Aide: raising something in your hand
Example of sentence usage: She raised the rug to sweep under it.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: elevate

Raise One’s Hand
Handshape: Open Hand
Memory Aide: action of raising your hand
Example of sentence usage: The teacher asked him to raise his hand.
Rally (hurrah)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: natural gesture of encouraging excitement at a pep rally
Example of sentence usage: The school football team had a rally before the game.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: round up
Rebuke (admonish, reprimand, scold)
Handshape: Index Finger Hand
Memory Aide: Mime scolding with a finger wag!
Example of sentence usage: The teacher admonished the class to be quiet.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: berate, castigate, chastise, chide, lecture
Idiomatic expression: rake over the coals
Recoil (back out, withdraw)
Handshape: 5 Hands
Memory Aide: backing away from someone or something
Example of sentence usage: His tendency is to recoil and not make changes.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: back away, pull back, retreat
Recruit (beckon, come on)
Handshape: Index Finger Hand curls to X Hand
Memory Aide: motioning for someone to come closer
Example of sentence usage: The chalkboard needed to be cleaned, so the teacher recruited a child to the front of the class to help her with this task.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: motion, signal
Referee (whistle)
Handshape: Bent V Hand
Memory Aide: blowing a whistle
Example of sentence usage: The referee called him out-of-bounds.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: official
Reject (decline, turn down, veto)
Handshape: 10 Hand
Memory Aide: thumbs down rejection!
Example of sentence usage: He rejected the proposal because there is not enough money.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: shoot down, vote down
Relax (calm, calm down)
Handshape: 5 Hands
Memory Aide: the action of calming someone down to relax
Example of sentence usage: Take a moment to relax and get your thoughts together.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: chill, loosen up
Remote Control
Handshape: 10 Hand
Memory Aide: action of using a remote to turn on the TV
Example of sentence usage: Pass me the remote control so I can change the channel.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: remote
Reprimand (admonish, rebuke, scold)
Handshape: Index Finger Hand
Memory Aide: Mime scolding with a finger wag!
Example of sentence usage: The teacher admonished the class to be quiet.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: berate, castigate, chastise, chide, lecture
Idiomatic expression: rake over the coals
Request (ask, pray, prayer)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: asking as if you are praying the request will be granted
Example of sentence usage: I kindly request your assistance.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: beseech, petition
Resist (anti-, defensive, immune)
Handshape: S Hand
Memory Aide: blocking what you resist with your forearm and fist
Example of sentence usage: He resists help of any kind.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: combative, defiant, fight against, oppositional
Revoke (rip, strip, tear, torn)
Handshape: F Hands
Memory Aide: revoking something by tearing it in half
Example of sentence usage: He declared the check void, and revoked it.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: pull apart, rip up, shred, tear up
Ride A Bicycle (bike, pedal)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: pedals of a bike moving
Example of sentence usage: She rode her bicycle to the store.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: cycle, wheel around
Rifle
Handshape: L Hands
Memory Aide: holding and shooting a rifle
Example of sentence usage: He aimed the rifle at the deer.
Rip (revoke, strip, tear, torn)
Handshape: F Hands
Memory Aide: tearing/ripping something in half
Example of sentence usage: She ripped the love letter and burst into tears.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: pull apart, rip up, shred, tear up
Robot
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: a robot in action
Example of sentence usage: The robot can do things that a human can’t.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: cyborg
Rodeo
Handshape: Modified X Hand
Memory Aide: twirling a lasso
Example of sentence usage: She felt sorry for the bulls in the rodeo.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: lasso, lassoing
Rolling Pin
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: the movement of a rolling pin on dough
Example of sentence usage: She needed a rolling pin to make the pie crust.
Row (rowboat)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: the movement of oars when rowing
Example of sentence usage: It takes extra effort to row upstream.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: oars
Rowboat (row)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: the movement of oars
Example of sentence usage: The rowboat tossed in the waves.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: dingy, scow