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    #1

    fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a


    A: How old are you?

    Toddler: (unintelligible)

    A: What's he saying?

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    He wants you to help him fold his fingers into a two.
    He wants you to help him gesture "two".
    He wants you to help him make a hand gesture for "two".
    He wants you to help him make a "two" with his fingers.

    How do you say it?
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    #2

    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    He seems to be showing a "V" sign with his fingers.
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    #3

    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    He seems to be showing a "V" sign with his fingers.
    Over here, this is how children are taught to count:

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    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    He seems to be showing a "V" sign with his fingers.
    No, he isn't.

    The 'V' sign is made with the back of the hand towards the person to whom it is shown. (Note: this is an obscene gesture.)

    With the palm facing outwards it's the 'victory' sign, or the number two.
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    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

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    "What's he saying?"

    He's saying/making "two" with his fingers.
    He's showing/telling you "two" with his fingers.

    If he is in fact asking for help, then your last suggestion seems the most natural.
    I would probably say: He wants you to help him make "two" with his fingers.

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    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No, he isn't.

    The 'V' sign is made with the back of the hand towards the person to whom it is shown. (Note: this is an obscene gesture.)

    With the palm facing outwards it's the 'victory' sign, or the number two.
    It could be either, according to:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...english/v-sign
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign
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    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    I attached the image simply to help teachers picture out what's going on, and not to spark a debate as to what the child is actually gesturing.
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    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Most speakers of BrE today would interpret the words 'V sign' as a reference to the obscene gesture. We'd use 'V for victory (sign)', 'victory sign' or possibly 'peace sign' for the palm-forward gesture.

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    #9

    Re: fold his fingers / make a hand gesture for / make a

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    A: How old are you?

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    A: What's he saying?

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    " He's telling us he's two."

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