American Sign Language For Dummies with Online Videos
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Not all games have American Sign Language (ASL) signs. For example, you fingerspell cards, video, chess, and checkers. All board and card games are fingerspelled. Mimic throwing dice for gambling and dealing cards for any card games. After you do this, fingerspell specifically what game you mean. Some indoor games do have signs, though, and you can find many of them in this table.

If your Deaf friends have a local sign for a game, just use that sign instead.


Here are some sentences to get you ready for game night:

  • English: Who wants to play poker?

    Sign: P-O-K-E-R — WANTS — WHO Q

  • English: Deal the cards.

    Sign: DEAL CARDS

  • English: He likes playing chess.

    Sign: C-H-E-S-S — HE LIKES

  • English: Do you gamble?

    Sign: GAMBLE YOU Q


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Adan R. Penilla II, PhD, NIC, NAD IV, CI/CT, SC:L, ASLTA, teaches American Sign Language at Colorado State University and is a freelance interpreter for the Colorado court system. Angela Lee Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

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