The 8 Rules for Signing Numbers 1-100

I think I finally understand the rules for signing the numbers 1-100. I wish I had this list when I started. I made a video to show these rules in action, but here they are as I understand them…

Rule 1
Numbers 1-5 are signed with the palm facing in while all most other numbers are signed palm out.

Rule 2
Numbers 11-15 are signed palm facing in but follow similar but varied sign shapes. 11 is a double flick of the number 1, 12 is a double flick of the number 2, 13-15 use closed finger “waves” with thumb out or in depending on the number.

Rule 3
There are at least 3 different accepted ways to sign the numbers 16-19.

Rule 4
Double-digit numbers with the same number (example: 22, 33, 44, etc) follow the same rule (single-digit sign laid flat and bounced to the side), except 11.

Rule 5
The rules for signing 20-29 are weird and varied. However, most use the “L” shape instead of the “V” shape. The exceptions are 22 (“V” shape), 23 (“3” shape) and 25 (“5” shape).

Rule 6
Numbers 30-66, 70-75, 80-85, and 90-95 all follow the same rule for signing (sign each single digit palm facing out).

Rule 7
If you have a double-digit number where both single numbers are a 6, 7, 8, or 9 (example: 67-69, 76-79, 86-89, 96-99) these numbers must be rocked when signing (unless they are 66, 77, 88, or 99 – see Rule 4).

Rule 8
The number 100 is a palm faced out “1” followed by the letter “C” (assuming it’s taken from the Roman Numeral C which is 100).

See, it’s not that complicated at all!

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  • MW

    Obviously I’m commenting a few years too late, but I’m surprised you don’t have lots of comments! This was very helpful. I’ve finished ASL II, but am still very iffy with numbers, and I’ve never even gotten around to rocking numbers! Jeez! My brain is hurting. 😛 Thanks for the video.

  • hl

    Thank you so much, it was very informative!