HELP

As in "someone helping me"

HELP
Notice: This is a directional sign. Directional signs are verbs that use the direction that they are signed to show who is doing what to whom.
English Equivalent: HELP (as in "someone helping me")
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please read! Sorry if this is a dumb question!

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Savvy User Danielle Savvy Guest
Thursday, February 9, 2017

So does this sign mean "Help me"? or could/would you still use this sign for "I need help"? or would you use the basic sign for help if you said it that way? please, I'm still trying to get used to the grammer, the variations & how different ASL is from english.. I do need help, an ASL buddy that can practice with me, learn from me, teach me, please feel free to add me on fb! ♡Danielle Rounds

help is a directional sign...

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John @ Signing Savvy Savvy Admin
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Because HELP is a directional sign, you have to pay attention to the way the sign is moving in order to know who is doing the helping to who depending on the starting and stopping points.

Pay attention to the NOTICES directly under the signs.

Thank you but

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Savvy User Danielle Savvy Guest
Thursday, February 9, 2017

I did pay attention, I'm just brand new to the unbelievably confusing grammar and variations. but I still don't know for sure if this sign means help me or if just means help and I would need to sign me as well, & i still don't know if i would use this sign for "I need help"? or would you use the basic sign for help if you said it that way? It would be unnecessary for it to be direction if you were already saying "I need" and why else would they make the other version?

further clarification...

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John @ Signing Savvy Savvy Admin
Friday, February 10, 2017

Just saying "help" moves straight up. Saying "help me" moves towards you. Saying "help you" moves towards them.   So to answer your question, this sign is an example of someone helping you because the signing is moving from them to you.

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