Hand Motions


Hello, hello!  How’s it going?  Good?  Good.  Me?  Oh, it’s going just great!  So first thing first, let me introduce you to my friend Slacker.  Slacker, as you may have already guessed, is a slacker.   Slacker is known by many other nicknames, including Pears, and Eggplant.  I normally call her Pears, but things change.  So, today she is Slacker.  Slacker is an interesting person.  She will open up to anyone – if they give off a good vibe.  I do not give off a good vibe.  Just kidding!  I am great!  I think I make people more comfortable.  I also think that sentence was extremely random.  But, back to Slacker.  When Slacker talks, she uses hand motions.  Lots of them.  And some of them are hilarious!  So I will be teaching you them in this post.  Enjoy! 

I know

“I know” is probably the most simple of Slacker’s hand motions, so that is why I am starting with it.  To perform this hand motion, start out with your hands hanging loosely by your side.  If you don’t use many hand motions when talking, it might be best if you stretch out a little before performing any of these.  Once you’ve done that, let’s begin.  Take your hands and place them against your hips.  Make sure you have four fingers on each hand pointing towards your belly button, and your thumbs pointing towards your back.  Now, to complete this hand motion, just say “I know” and return your hands to their original position.  How about we try that a bit faster?  Hands to your hips, “I know”, drop them back down to your thighs.   Now let’s use this hand motion in a sentence.  Say “I know, right?” and use the “I know” hand motion while saying the appropriate words.  Congratulations, you have mastered the “I know” beginners course. 

Time

“Time” is a little more advanced than “I know”, but still can be classified as a beginners hand motions.  Make sure you read all the instructions before performing this hand motion; I take no responsibility if anyone gets hurt!  First, stick your hands out in front of your body, palms facing each other.  Next, press your palms together and fold your hands. Unhook your thumbs and raise your elbows up.  Lift your right elbow up higher and bring it back down.  As it comes downwards lift your right wrist up, and bring it down.  Next, your left wrist goes up as your right wrist comes down, and as your bring your left wrist down, bring your left elbow up, and back down.  This should be done in one fluid movement.  Use this hand motion when you say “time”.  Remember, practice makes perfect! 

Split-Time

 Although this isn’t exactly a word, it has a hand motion.  This one is intermediate, so only try this if you’re confident you’re ready.  Start with both hands out in front of your body.  Raise one hand about a foot over the other, and bring it downwards fast.  While bringing this hand down, bring your other upwards.  When your hands meet, make a clapping sound.  Now, you should be in your starting position, but in reverse.  Repeat the action of bringing one hand down and the other up.  Now do it again, but say “Split-Time” while doing it.  Nice job! 

Record

“Record” is harder than “Split-Time”, and consists of two separate motions.  I would consider “Record” a slightly harder intermediate than “Split-Time”, so be cautious when trying this out for the first time.  I would recommend standing up when using this hand motion.  Start with your hands hanging at your side.  Next, bring your right hand into a fist.  Lift your arm into a 45 degree angle, with your elbow pointing towards the floor.  This is the first motion.  To perform the second motion, thrust your arm straight out in front of you.  Remember, your hand should still be in a fist!  Make sure your arm is at shoulder height. 

Scottish

I can’t exactly say where the word “Scottish” came into our conversation, but the hand motion went like this:  Start with your left hand about six inches away from your torso.  Hold it out with your palm flat, and shape your arm as if you were cradling a baby.  Next, form your right hand into fist and place it into the palm of your left hand.  This is your staring point.  Lift your fist six inches off of your left palm, and pretend that you are stirring soup.  Make your circle small and fast, then return your hand to your palm.  WARNING:  For experts only! 
I hope you enjoyed practicing some of Slacker’s hand motions!  I sure did!

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