I'm having trouble signing some things with my right hand, I can't seem to move my pinky and ring finger independently (I can't use the three middle fingers to sign three for example, and I can't sign 'which' properly either.
I can do it perfectly with my left (non dominant) hand- what do you think I should do?
Is it ok to make some signs with your non dominant hand, or can I use another sign for three/third like either the first or last three fingers?
I don't think your fluency would be great if you were switching, though if you were using 'which' as an isolated sign it would be ok. Can you not get your little finger out at all? I'd think the combination of clenched fist, thumb out, approximation of little finger would be ok, esp if you use a lip pattern.
I can get my pinky out a little, but because I can't use my thumb to hold the other fingers it just looks like a mangled claw. On my left hand I can do it perfectly straight and with ease, I have no idea what's happened to the right hand!
Do you think I can use the ASL version of 3? Or maybe if I just keep practising it will loosen up and stop hurting so much?
Thanks for your help! I don't have anyone to practise with in real life so it's a big help.
You will be fine switching hands and will be understood, left handed signers use their left hand also. Additionally many of the deaf people I know switch hands sometimes or sign 2 handed signs with 1, they are usually holding a drink etc.