How to Sign Money in ASL – American Sign Language
Ok, now I am going to teach you on what topic? Whoa! You see this? What is this? This is MONEY. MONEY is signed like this. MONEY. This is ONE-CENT or a PENNY. This is FIVE-CENTS or a NICKEL. This is TEN-CENTS or a DIME. This is a QUARTER. What are these? COINS. What are these? COINS. COINS is signed with handshape ‘F’. Repeat the movement to show plurality. You see this? This is ONE-DOLLAR. Don’t sign it like ONE and then DOLLAR. We sign it with just one sign. ONE-DOLLAR. Or you can sign it with small twists of the DOLLAR which is more common among Deaf people. See this? This is FIVE-DOLLARS. Or sign it in quick and short repeated twists like this. As you can see, this is TEN-DOLLARS. So how do we sign it with number TEN? TEN-DOLLARS. Or sign TEN and then DOLLARS. See this? This is TWENTY DOLLARS. Sign it like this for TWENTY. 20 DOLLARS. You see these? These are DOLLARS. Do you want more money? With a lot of zeroes? You want to know and learn signs for that? Ok, good! You see this? Wow! A hundred! ONE-HUNDRED. ONE-HUNDRED. Or this is another variation. ONE-HUNDRED. You can sign ONE-HUNDRED DOLLARS. Or use the other variation. I just sign ONE-HUNDRED. If you want to increase it to two hundred, just incorporate the number 2 in the hundred. TWO-HUNDRED. THREE-HUNDRED (two different variations) Do you see this? This is ONE THOUSAND. Don’t sign ONE then THOUSAND, but rather sign both words combined into one sign by incorporating number ONE like this. ONE-THOUSAND. If you want more, just sign the number into the thousand. TWO-THOUSAND. THREE-THOUSAND. FOUR-THOUSAND. Okay? You see this? ONE MILLION. Wow! You see touching the palm twice? Why do we do it twice? As you can see, this is for one comma, and the next for the second comma. So, we sign it this way, MILLION. This is ONE-THOUSAND. It has only one comma, so only touch palm once, got it? So, this is ONE-THOUSAND. This is, whoa, ONE MILLION. More than that would be a billion. But we don’t touch the palm three times, instead, we just fingerspell B-I-L-L-I-O-N. With enough practice, you can do it quickly. 🙂 Now, let’s see if we can count the total of cents. This is a QUARTER. And, this is a DIME. Okay, so the both of these would total how much? Correct. That would be 35-CENTS. Use the “cent” or “money” spot on the side of the temple with the tip of your index finger. 35-CENTS. Okay, good! You see these coins? QUARTER and QUARTER. These total how much? Yep, 50-CENTS. Ok, see this QUARTER, QUARTER, and QUARTER. And this DIME. And these three PENNIES. So these total how much? 88-CENTS. Remember to use the “cent” spot with the index finger. 88-CENTS. See this FIVE-DOLLARS, ONE-DOLLAR, and ONE-DOLLAR. FIVE-DOLLARS, ONE-DOLLAR, ONE-DOLLAR. TOTAL HOW-MUCH? $7. Just use the number 7 and twist it. SEVEN-DOLLARS. So, you twist the numbers for 1-9 dollars. For TEN-DOLLARS, you can twist the 10, or sign TEN and then DOLLARS. Do that for above $10. For example, $11, $12, $15, $20 and higher. Ok, good. This is TEN-DOLLARS, ONE-DOLLAR, and ONE-DOLLAR. TOTAL HOW-MUCH? TWELVE-DOLLARS. Ok, good. $1, $1, and 25¢, 25¢. TOTAL HOW-MUCH? You see there’s a combination of dollars and cents. So how do we sign these? When we sign DOLLARS, we don’t need to use the “cent” spot. For example, TWO-DOLLARS FIFTY. Don’t need to use the “cent” spot after the DOLLAR sign because we already know that we are talking about money, right? $2.50. We sign it like this, $2.50. Ok, good. You see this FIVE-DOLLARS, 25¢, 25¢, and 25¢. How much does these amount to? FIVE-DOLLARS SEVENTY-FIVE-CENTS, don’t use the “cent” spot, as it is not needed. $5.75. See this 20 DOLLARS. $20. This is uh… 10¢. 5¢ TOTAL HOW-MUCH? TWENTY DOLLARS and 15 CENTS. Remember not to use the “cent” spot. $20.15. $20.15 Okay? Now, you understand how to sign money. Look at that! Ok, good!