Audio Explanation
There is no audio for the video dictionary.
The intention of this is for you to focus on the signing and speech reaching.
We believe that this builds awareness of the deaf experience.
If you speak, vocalize the word as you say the sign. This will help you remember it, and this will allow others to lipread what you are saying.

Abhor (abhorrence, avoid, loathe)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: pushing away something you abhor
Example of sentence usage: I abhor bananas!
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: can’t stand, detest

About (approximate, approximately, around)
Handshape: 5 Hand
Memory Aide: a natural gesture of showing approximation
Example of sentence usage: It’s about 10 miles away.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: close to, roughly, thereabouts
Accordion
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: mime playing an accordion
Example of sentence usage: I am fond of accordion music.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: concertina
Addicted (addiction, hooked on)
Handshape: X Hand
Memory Aide: you are hooked on something and showing this by tugging at the
corner of your mouth
Example of sentence usage: They are addicted to marijuana.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: dependent on
Admonish (rebuke, reprimand,scold)
Handshape: Index Finger Hand
Memory Aide: 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
Affection (affectionate, embrace, hug)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: showing affection with a hug
Example of sentence usage: She has a lot of affection for dogs.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: love, passion, tender
attachment
Alas! (Darn! Drat! Shoot!)
Handshape: 3 Hand
Memory Aide: snap your fingers!
Example of sentence usage: Alas! I forgot to get milk for the baby.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: Dang! Doggone! Gees!
Gosh-darn! Rats! Shucks!
Alligator
Handshape: Curved 5 Hands
Memory Aide: your hands mimic the jaws of an alligator opening and closing
Example of sentence usage: Florida has a lot of alligators.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: crocodile, gator
Anti- (defensive, resist, immune)
Handshape: S Hand
Memory Aide: blocking what you resist with your forearm and fist
Example of sentence usage: It is an anti-establishment group.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: combative, defiant, fight
against, oppositional
Anxiety (anxious, nervous)
Handshape: 5 Hands
Memory Aide: hands shaking when nervous
Example of sentence usage: The patient is feeling anxiety.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: apprehension, butterflies,
distress, disquietude, foreboding, jittery, tension, uneasiness
Ape (gorilla)
Handshape: S Hands
Memory Aide: an ape pounding its chest
Example of sentence usage: I saw an ape at the zoo.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now; primate animal (if referring to
a gorilla)
Apostrophe (comma)
Handshape: Index Finger Hand
Memory Aide: draw an apostrophe
Example of sentence usage: The word “doesn’t” has an apostrophe.
Applaud (applause, clap)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: clapping your hands
Example of sentence usage: I applaud your effort to learn sign.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: accolade, acclaim, ovation
Approximate (about, approximately, around)
Handshape: 5 Hand
Memory Aide: a natural hand gesture of showing approximation
Example of sentence usage: The bike is approximately 5 years old.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: close to, roughly, thereabouts
Apron
Handshape: Modified X Hands
Memory Aide: putting the straps of an apron around your waist
Example of sentence usage: She wears an apron when she cooks.
Archery
Handshape: S Hand (nondominant) and A Hand (dominant)
Memory Aide: holding a bow and pulling back the bowstring
Example of sentence usage: Archery is taught in gym class.
Around (about, approximate, approximately)
Handshape: 5 Hand
Memory Aide: a natural hand gesture of showing approximation
Example of sentence usage: The bike is around five years old.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: close to, roughly, thereabouts
Arrow
Handshape: S Hand (nondominant) and A Hand becomes Index Finger Hand
(dominant)
Memory Aide: holding a bow, pulling back the bowstring, shooting the arrow
Example of sentence usage: I shot an arrow.
Aside (put aside, put away)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: pushing away something to the side
Example of sentence usage: I put the book aside.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: push/put out of the way
Ask (pray, prayer, request)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: asking as if you are praying the request will be granted
Example of sentence usage: I kindly ask for help.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: inquire, petition
Aspiration (aspire, eager, enthusiastic, motivation, motive, zeal, zealous)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: rubbing your hands together with excitement, eager to start in an endeavor
Example of sentence usage: She has the aspiration to become a musician.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: ambition, fervency, fervor,
psyched
Auction (bid)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: bidders raising their hands at an auction
Example of sentence usage: I am going to a car auction.
Automobile (car, drive)
Handshape: S hands
Memory Aide: steering a car
Example of sentence usage: The parking lot is for automobiles only,
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: auto, motor vehicle, motorcar,
vehicle
Avoid (abhor, abhorrence,loathe)
Handshape: Open Hands
Memory Aide: pushing away something you want to avoid
Example of sentence usage: I avoid going to crowded places.
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: keep/back away from, stay
clear
Away (get/go away, Shoo!)
Handshape: Open Hand
Memory Aide: waving off someone or something to shoo away
Example of sentence usage: Away with you! I don’t want to discuss it!
Synonyms to start matching your sign to English now: disappear, get going, scat,
scram, take off, vamoose
Idiomatic expressions: hit the road