Mime Signs Video Dictionary – A

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