Opposite adjectives in Polish sign language - this is the theme of the eleventh episode of "We teach to sign!". The material was prepared by Michał Konwerski.
Hi. Welcome to the next episode of “We teach to sign!”. Today I have prepared a new topic for you. Are you curious about what?
Look at the pictures (in the movie). This is HOME and here we have a second home. In a moment I will show how I describe these two pictures in sign language. Ready? I’m starting! First: BIG house. Again: BIG house. Second: A SMALL house. I repeat: A SMALL house. Now you surely know that in today’s episode I will talk about the opposites.
In Polish, you use the word Antonyms to describe opposite words. Today you will learn how to describe objects, people or situations in Polish Sign Language. You already know one pair A LITTLE and A LOT, but notice that I was describing the HOUSE. Take a look at the pictures. How to show how many people there are? a lot of people Few people. Now, more opposing words.
“I want a drink. I made the tea, it was WARM, but I talked for a long time and now it’s COLD“. Let’s repeat together and slowly: COLD, WARM.
“What’s my cup? NICE or UGLY? I like it, it is NICE to me”. Let’s repeat together: NICE, UGLY.
“I have drunk my tea, which is why my cup is DIRTY. Then I will wash it and it will be CLEAN“. Let’s sign together: CLEAR, DIRTY.
I’m putting my cup away. Let’s talk about how to describe a person. Each of us has a different appearance, someone can be tall and someone short, someone is SKINNY and someone is THICK. One person may have LIGHT hair and the other may have DARK hair. straight or curly hair. Someone may be YOUNG, someone OLD, someone STRONG, and someone WEAK. Maybe some of you are SICK, although I hope you are HEALTHY!
Let us repeat:
We have described a person’s appearance, and now I will show you how to tell about other characteristics. Someone can be, for example, Lazy or WORKING; Smart or stupid. He can be SAD or HAPPY, Nervous or calm.
I will repeat the last two pairs, please watch carefully as I show (see video 6:28). Did I make the signs correctly? Yes! But was that good sign language? Not! Remember – sign language is not only about signs, facial expressions and body posture are also important! We come back to opposing adjectives.
How else can we describe a person? Someone can be NICE or HORRIBLE PUNCTUAL or LATE, COWFUL – BRAVE.
In conclusion, I have prepared a few pairs of adjectives for you, which you can use to describe different situations:
I have a question: was today’s lesson EASY or HARD? I’m curious what you think. Hope it’s EASY.
And now let’s repeat all pairs of adjectives, show in sign language with me: