C. Showing Understanding

When you are having a conversation with someone who is signing you must show that you understand them. This is called AFFIRMATION. You can show understanding in three different ways:

Nodding/shaking your head: nod to show you understand or shake your head if you agree something was bad

Copying or mirroring their emotions: if they are sad show sadness, smile if they show happiness

Use your hands e.g. tap your finger tips on your chest


If you do not understand you can:

Simply say ‘I do not understand, again please’.

Shake your head from side to side

Frown, tilt your head to one side


If you do not understand DON’T pretend you do!

Try and spot some features that show understanding or lack of understanding in the film clip.

Showing Understanding Exercise

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