How to Talk about Office Supplies with American Sign Language - dummies

How to Talk about Office Supplies with American Sign Language

By Adan R. Penilla, II, Angela Lee Taylor

Looking around your cubicle or office, you have many things to sign. American Sign Language (ASL) provides you with a way to communicate what office supplies you have, need, or want to a Deaf colleague or friend. Try the signs in this table.

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You may find the sign for clock to be a bit tricky, but it’s really pretty simple. Touch your wrist where your watch is worn and then make both hands into manual C handshapes toward the wall.

The following sentences can give you a hand with some office items (and because office equipment doesn’t always work, signs exist for that, too):

  • English: The fax machine is busy.

    Sign: F-A-X MACHINE — BUSY

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  • English: The copy machine is broken.

    Sign: COPY MACHINE — BROKE

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  • English: My computer is frozen.

    Sign: MY COMPUTER — FROZE

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  • English: Where is the stapler?

    Sign: STAPLER WHERE Q

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  • English: Do we have enough paper?

    Sign: PAPER ENOUGH HAVE Q

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