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after    View Full Details

Also: afterwards, laterSign for after

Performance: Tap pointer finger on thumb twice.


State Usage: ACT, NSW, QLD,


after    View Full Details

Also: afterwards, laterSign for after

Performance: Flick your thumb up from a fisted dominant hand


State Usage: NT, TAS, SA, VIC, WA.


afternoon    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With fingers spread apart. Palm down, fingers pointing sideways and thumb towards throat, start with back of hand just under chin and wiggle fingers.


State Usage: TAS, SA, VIC, WA.

Sign forafternoon

afternoon    View Full Details Photo AvilableSign for afternoon

Performance: Tap your hooked pointer finger on your chin once.


State Usage: NT, TAS, SA, VIC, WA.


afternoon    View Full Details Photo AvilableSign for afternoon

Performance: Move spread hand from ear to chin, drawing fingers to thumb during move.


State Usage: ACT, NSW, QLD,


dark    View Full Details Photo AvilableSign for dark

Performance: Start with pointer and middle fingers hooked sideways in front of eyes. Twist hand at wrist so that fingers end pointing towards eyes.


Used Australia Wide


day    View Full Details Icon AvailablePhoto Avilable

Also: daytimeSign for day

Performance: With hand flat, palm backwards, move hand upwards in an arc from opposite side to above shoulder.


Used Australia Wide


day    View Full Details Icon AvailablePhoto Avilable

Also: daytimeSign for day

Performance: With both hands flat, palms backwards, move hands upwards in an arc from opposite side to above shoulder.


Used Australia Wide


early    View Full Details

Also: in good time

Performance: Start with pointer finger hooked around extended thumb, thumb pointing upwards. Move hand downwards, and retract pointer finger into fist.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forearly

future    View Full Details

Also: in the future

Performance: With fingers extended, slightly bent, and palm facing backwards, move hand forward from ear in an arc, brushing cheek with blade of little finger.


Usage Notes: The further forward you move your hand the further into the future you are indicating.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forfuture

henceforth    View Full Details

Also: since, from now on, afterwards, thereafter, from that time on

Performance: Raise your pointer finger up from fist, palm sideways, hand a distance in front of chest. Start with other hand flat, horizontal, thumb raised and palm directly in front of pointing hand. Move flat hand forward in a short sharp movement.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forhenceforth

In 1 year    View Full Details

Performance: First sign ‘Year’ by extending pointer finger and thumb horizontally and resting extended pointer finger of other hand at base of thumb; then bring pointer finger over and in front of other hand, so that palm ends facing you.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forin one year

In 2 years    View Full Details

Performance: First sign ‘Year’ by extending pointer finger and thumb horizontally and resting extended pointer finger of other hand at base of thumb; then bring pointer finger over and in front of other hand, so that palm ends facing you and both pointer and middle fingers end touching back of other hand.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forin two years

last    View Full Details

Also: final

Performance: Extend little fingers from fist on both hands. Tap little fingers together then raise one straight upwards in a quick movement.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlast

last    View Full Details

Also: final

Performance: Hold one hand flat with fingers pointing forward in front of side. Start with your other hand flat, palm down, fingers pointing forward above fist hand. Move this hand round in an arc so that hand ends with palm facing other hand, and a short distance apart from first hand.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlast

last month    View Full Details

Also: the previous month

Performance: Start with pointer finger on cheek, pointing upwards, palm backwards. Slide finger forward along cheek, and down in front of chest, extending middle and index finger as you come down. Tap palm of other hand with three fingers.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlast month

last week    View Full Details

Also: one week ago, the previous week

Performance: Touch extended pointer finger to cheek (palm facing backwards). Then bring hand down so that blade of hand rests on thumb of other hand, which also has pointer extended.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlast week

last year    View Full Details

Also: the previous year

Performance: Start with pointer finger on cheek, pointing upwards, palm backwards. Slide finger forward along cheek, and down in front of chest onto the base of thumb and pointer fingers on the back of your other hand, which has pointer and thumb extended and palm facing forward.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlast year

late    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Performance: With pointer finger on back of wrist draw upwards in an arc.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlate

later    View Full Details

Also: after, afterwards

Performance: Extend pointer finger and rest fist in palm of other , flat, hand, so that palms are facing and pointer finger point upwards. Slide pointer hand across palm from wrist to fingertips twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlater

long ago    View Full Details

Also: along time ago, ages ago

Performance: Slide extended pointer finger from wrist up arm to shoulder.


Usage Notes: When used at the beginning of a sentence it indicates an event etc in the distant past


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlong ago

long time ago    View Full Details

Also: olden times, ancient, in past times, once upon a time

Performance: With both hands flat, starting above shoulder, circle hands around each other in an backwards direction.


Usage Notes: Also used to signify a long time


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlong time ago

long wait    View Full Details

Also: took hours, took a long time, impatiently waiting, boredom

Performance: Draw large circles around the back of wrist with pointer finger.


Usage Notes: Used to show boredom or impatience in waiting for something, or that you have been waiting for a long time etc


Used Australia Wide

Sign forlong wait

morning    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: good morning, in the morning

Performance: With fingers bend, tap fingers to waist then to chest near armpit.


Used Australia Wide

Sign formorning

next    View Full Details

Also: following, then

Performance: With pointer finger extended from fist in a hook, start with finger pointing downwards. Rotate wrist so that pointer finger ends pointing up.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornext

next month    View Full Details

Performance: This is a blend sign: NEXT (With pointer finger extended from fist in a hook, start with finger pointing downwards. Rotate wrist so that pointer finger ends pointing up.) and Month (Tap extended pointer, middle and ring fingers to palm)


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornext month

next week    View Full Details

Performance: Hold hand in fist, palm down and pointer finger extended forward in a hook. Extend thumb and pointer finger on dominant hand from palm down fist. Pointing forward, move this hand from chest, down and across knuckles of other hand so that wrist ends past other hand.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornext week

next year    View Full Details

Performance: With pointer fingers of both hands extended, horizontal, and pointing at opposite sides Start with top hand palm forward, bottom palm towards you. Rotates hands so that top hand ends at bottom with palm towards you and vice versa.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornext year

night    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: evening, night time, dark

Performance: With both hands flat, fingers pointing upwards above shoulders, palm towards you, move hands downwards in an arc towards opposite side.


Usage Notes: Sometimes signed one-handed


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornight

now    View Full Details

Also: presently, at the moment

Performance: Starting with main hand bent with fingertips resting in flat palm of other hand; move bent hand up and across in and arc so that finger tips end pointing upwards.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fornow

old    View Full Details Colour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: old age

Performance: Draw slightly curved pointer and middle fingers down nose, with fingers on either side of nose.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forold

last year    View Full Details

Also: in the past, previous, ago, ages ago

Performance: With fingers lightly bent, palm facing backwards, move hand backwards in an arc from chin back over your shoulder, brushing cheek with the blade of your little finger.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forpast

past    View Full Details

Also: in the past, previous, ago, ages ago

Performance: With fingers lightly bent, palm facing backwards, move hand backwards in an arc from chin back over your shoulder, brushing cheek with the blade of your little finger.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forpast

prior    View Full Details

Also: before that, prior to that, preceding

Performance: Raise your pointer finger up from fist, palm sideways, hand a distance in front of chest. Start with other hand flat, horizontal, thumb raised and palm facing chest directly behind your pointing hand. Move flat hand backwards towards chest.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forprior

quick    View Full Details

Also: rapid, sudden

Performance: With both pointer fingers extended and horizontal, start with main hand behind and slightly higher than other hand. Quickly bounce main hand pointer finger off other pointer finger and up into air.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forquick

slow    View Full Details

Also: slowly

Performance: Slowly slide flat hand up your other arm, starting at wrist.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forslow

soon    View Full Details

Also: nearly, almost

Performance: With thumb pointing up from fist and pointer finger curved over thumb, tilt hand at wrist forward twice.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forsoon

time    View Full Details Icon AvailableColour Lineart AvilablePhoto Avilable

Also: clock

Performance: Start with thumb and pointer finger extended from fist in an L shape. Have pointer finger pointing up and thumb touching palm of other, flat, upright hand. Move pointer finger downwards in an arc.

Hint: The hands of a clock go round.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortime

to go    View Full Details

Also: go, leave, going away, departing

Performance: Start with hand bend downwards at wrist, fingers bent down. Flick hand upwards and in front of you, usually off to one side, so that fingers end pointing upwards.


Usage Notes: Also used to sign permit


Used Australia Wide

Sign forto go

today    View Full Details

Also: this day

Performance: Point up with hand at shoulder height, palm out, and move in double "V" motion


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortoday

today    View Full Details

Also: this day

Performance: With hand bent tap finger tips to the palm of your other vertical flat hand, twice, quickly.


State Usage: ACT, NSW, QLD,

Sign fortoday

tomorrow    View Full Details

Also: the next day, the following day

Performance: With pointer finger extended and pointing slightly upwards move finger forward in an arc.


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortomorrow

tonight    View Full Details

Also: this night, this evening, that night, that evening

Performance: Starting with pointer finger pointing up, palm facing forward, and hand to side of head, bring hand down in an arc, so that hand and arm end horizontal.


Usage Notes: This sign is derived from a blend of 'today' and 'night'


Used Australia Wide

Sign fortonight

weekend    View Full Details

Performance: Sign ‘W’ then touch knuckles of fists (thumbs extended up), together.


Used Australia Wide

Sign forweekend

week    View Full Details

Also: this week, during this week

Performance: Hold non-dominant hand in fist, palm down and pointer finger extended forward on an angle. Extend thumb and pointer finger on dominant hand from palm down fist, and start with this hand resting on wrist of other. Slide top hand forward along pointer finger of the other hand.


Usage Notes: For 2 weekly extend 2 fingers on top hand, 3 for 3 weekly and so on


Used Australia Wide

Sign forweekly

what time    View Full Details Photo Avilable

Also: what time is it, have you got the time, what is the time, I do not have time, how much timeSign for what time

Performance: Hold one hand flat, palm down, horizontal in front of stomach, wrist may be arched slightly up. Tap the pointer fingertip of other hand on the back of wrist two or three times.


Used Australia Wide


year    View Full Details

Performance: Hold one hand in front of you, fingers spread and pointing upwards, palm forward. With your other hand, place the tip of extended pointer finger onto the space where thumb and pointer finger meet.


Used Australia Wide

Sign foryear

yesterday    View Full Details

Also: the day beforeSign for yesterday

Performance: Start with pointer finger extended upwards, palm forward, and pointer resting against cheek. Move hand forward.


Used Australia Wide


yesterday    View Full Details

Also: the day beforeSign for yesterday

Performance: With thumb extended from fist and horizontal, slide thumb backwards along cheek twice.


Used Australia Wide


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