American Sign Language Vocabulary for ASL Numbers: Zero to Ten

American Sign Language Numbers

American Sign Language includes signs for numbers. This article describes the signs for the numbers zero through ten in ASL as well as includes the SignWriting for each number and images of the sign. The ASL signs for numbers should be signed with the dominant hand. The palm may face toward or away from the signer depending on the preference of the signer.

Zero (0)

Form the letter O of the sign language alphabet. (Note that the sign for the letter O and the number 0 are identical in American Sign Language. The meaning of the sign must be discerned from the context of the conversation.)

SignWriting Zero
ASL Zero

One (1)

Form the hand into a fist with the index finger pointed straight up.

SignWriting One
ASL One Back
ASL One Front

Two (2)

Form the hand into a fist with the index and middle fingers pointed straight up.

SignWriting Two
ASL Two Back
ASL Two Front

Three (3)

Form the hand with the thumb, index finger, and middle pointed straight. The index and middle fingers point straight up. Fold the ring and pinky fingers onto the palm of the hand.

SignWriting Three
ASL Three Back
ASL Three Front

Four (4)

Form the hand with the four fingers pointed straight up. Fold the thumb onto the palm of the hand.

SignWriting Four
ASL Four Back
ASL Four Front

Five (5)

Form the hand with all five digits pointed straight and held apart from each other.

SignWriting Five
ASL Five Back
ASL Five Front

Six (6)

Form the hand with the index, middle, and ring fingers pointed straight up. Fold the pinky finger down with the tip of the pinky finger touching the tip of the thumb.

SignWriting Six
ASL Six Back
ASL Six Front

Seven (7)

Form the hand with the pinky, middle and index fingers pointed straight up. Fold the ring finger down with the tip of the ring finger touching the tip of the thumb.

SignWriting Seven
ASL Seven Back
ASL Seven Front

Eight (8)

Form the hand with the pinky, ring, and index fingers pointed straight up. Fold the middle finger down with the tip of the middle finger touching the tip of the thumb.

SignWriting Eight
ASL Eight Back
ASL Eight Front

Nine (9)

Form the hand with the pink, ring, and middle fingers pointed straight up. Fold the index finger down with the tip of the index finger touching the tip of the thumb.

SignWriting Nine
ASL Nine Back
ASL Nine Front

Ten (10)

Form the hand into a fist with the thumb pointed straight up. Move the thumb in a circle.

SignWriting Ten
ASL Ten

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This post is part of the series: American Sign Language: Numbers

This series of American Sign Language articles describes the signs for the numerals in ASL as well as provides the number in SignWriting and images of the sign.
  1. Learn American Sign Language: ASL Numbers 0-10
  2. Learn American Sign Language: ASL Numbers 11-20
  3. Learn American Sign Language: ASL Higher Numbers