How to Discuss Dining Out with American Sign Language
How to Discuss Meals with American Sign Language
Baby Signing for Mealtime

ASL: How to Sign about Utensils and Dishes

When you’re lucky enough to get an invitation to join other signers for a meal, take along these signs to get you through the event. The following table gives you the sign for everything you’ll see on the table — except your elbows. Before you dive into a dish of delights, check out this list of some necessary tools.

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A great way to remember how to make the Signs for tableware is pretty simple. What you do with the objects relates to the signs. For example, napkin is a wiping motion on the mouth; spoon uses a scooping motion; fork has a stabbing motion; knife has a cutting motion. Here are some example sentences:

  • English: I need another place setting, please.

    Sign: PLEASE — KNIFE FORK SPOON — NEED ME

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  • English: The plate and glass are broken.

    Sign: PLATE — GLASS — BROKEN

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  • English: I need three bowls.

    Sign: THREE BOWLS — NEED ME

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  • English: The napkin is dirty.

    Sign: NAPKIN — DIRTY

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