Finger Spelling

An ideal exercise for any age level is learning the manual alphabet. This can be done for an individual challenge or as a part of competition between students.

finger spelling chart


The Letters

In the following descriptions of each of the letters, the "speaker" is the individual performing the finger spelling, and the "viewer" is the person reading the spelling.

A -- Hand curled in a fist, but with the thumb across the index finger at the end of the curl.

B -- Palm facing the viewer with all four fingers pointing up and the thumb laid across the center of the palm.

C -- Fingers and thumb curled to the shape of the letter "C", the thumb forming the lower part of the curl, and the hand held to show the "C" to the viewer.

D -- A lower case "d" formed with the thumb and middle finger touching to form the circle at the lower end of the "d," the index finger extended upward to form the stem, and the other fingers curled out of the way.

E -- All four fingers curled downward, with the thumb across the center of the palm and the upper side of the thumb against the end of the fingers.

F -- The thumb and index finger touching, with the other three fingers pointing straight upward.

G -- Hand in a fist, but with the index finger and thumb pointing off to the side--thumb over index finger.

H -- As with the "G", but with three fingers--index, middle and thumb--pointed off to the side.

I -- Hand in a fist with the little finger pointed upward.

J -- As with the "I", but with the drawing of the hook of a "J" in the air with the little finger.

K -- Index and middle fingers pointed upward with the thumb positioned between them, and the other two fingers curled against the palm.

L -- Hand in a fist, but with the index finger pointed upward and the thumb pointing to the side to form the letter L.

M -- Three fingers--index, middle and ring--curled downward, with the thumb holding the little finger against the palm.

N -- As with the "M", but with only 2 fingers--index and middle--pointing downward.

O -- Fingers and thumb curled to form an "O", as in a "C" but with the end of the thumb and the fingers touching.

P -- Like a "K", but with the fingers pointed downward.

Q -- Hand in a fist, but with the index finger and thumb pointed downward and parallel.

R -- Hand in a fist, but with the middle and index fingers pointed and crossed.

S -- Hand in a fist, with the thumb across the curled fingers.

T -- Hand in a fist, but with the thumb between the middle and index fingers.

U -- Hand in a fist, but with the index and middle fingers pointing upward and together.

V -- Like a "U", but with the two pointing fingers separated to form a "V".

W -- Like a "V", but with three fingers pointing upward and separated--the index, middle and ring fingers.

X -- Hand in a fist, but with the index finger curled upward in a hook.

Y -- Hand in a fist, but with the index and little fingers pointed up and outward.

Z -- A "Z" is written in the air with the index finger that points outward from a hand in a fist position.


Finger Spelling Technique


Finger Spelling Activities