New England Cued Speech


Cue Photographs

A cue (along with what the lips are doing) gives information about a consonant followed by a vowel. The consonant info is conveyed by the hand configuration and the vowel info by where the handshape is made. A photograph of each handshape and each position is shown below. This is the entire system! If you're interested in learning, The Art of Cueing has complte instructions. We recommend you go through the lessons in order, though you may also click on specific handshapes, if you prefer.

Both beginning and advanced cuers can benefit from reviewing the Guidelines on the Mechanics of Cueing, approved by the National Cued Speech Association in 1994.

Consonant Handshapes

bead
beep
beige
handshape one that
cap
van
zone
handshape two
hat
red
sack
handshape three boy
when
nod
handshape four
game
laugh
rat
handshape five wet
log
shoe
handshape six
jail
good
thin
handshape seven beach
yell
wing
handshape eight

Vowel Positions

corner of mouth beet
hurt
to the side of the face with a downward bob hug
center of chin clue
saw
bed
to the side of the face with a forward motion boat
watch
throat on adam's apple hill
cat
wood

Diphthong Movements

pie
out
side-throat boil
day
chin-throat

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