The finger alphabet is used in addition to sign language to spell out terms. Here you can find practice material for the finger alphabet.

The finger alphabet is used in addition to signing language to spell out terms. The spelling of individual letters is done with the help of each finger.

The finger alphabet is used in addition to signing language to spell words for which there is no sign or to explain the spelling of a word. Because fingerspelling is time-consuming, it is used less than sign language. The finger alphabet is also used to spell out a sign that is unknown to the interlocutor.


The one-handed finger alphabet is the most uniformly used internationally. The lower case letters of the Latin alphabet are reproduced with the help of the fingers. The letter "A", for example, is represented by a clenched fist. The letter "B" is represented by the flat, upright palm of the hand and the thumb turned inwards. Hand signs have been developed for sounds that are made up of several letters.


Hand signs were also developed for acronyms such as "ILY" or "WC" to quickly inform the interlocutor of one's state of mind or action. The spelling of acronyms consists of a string of capital letters. The best-known acronym worldwide is the chat acronym "LOL". Most acronyms are adopted from the English language. In the sign language community, the most commonly used acronym is "ILY".

It means "I love you" (I Love You). To be able to use and understand the finger alphabet by yourself, a lot of practice is required. Understanding is most difficult when the person you are talking to has mastered the finger alphabet and performs it at a high speed. To perform it, the dominant hand is held in front of the body, slightly to the side of the chest. This is the visual area where both sign language and finger alphabet are performed.