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Learn True American Sign Language with Our Complete Course

After over a decade of being unable to find a comprehensive way to learn American Sign Language online, the Start ASL team created a full curriculum that includes everything you need to learn the language completely and with total flexibility.

No more buying a bunch of resources that only teach you part of the language and no more endlessly searching online to try to piece together your own lessons.

Everything you need is right here, and even better – a complete course will quickly give you the results you’ve been waiting to see.

Why Start ASL?

With Start ASL’s complete course you will learn true American Sign Language so you can join any signed conversation with complete confidence. Unlike most American Sign Language classes, we don’t just go over a bunch of random, boring little signs – we get you communicating right away.

We will carefully guide you through not only learning essential vocabulary, but also dig deep into proper ASL grammar and the vibrant Deaf community. Our lessons build on each other in a way where you can see immediate progress and learn not only correctly, but quickly.

Is Start ASL Right for Me?

YES – If you’ve always wanted to learn American Sign Language and can’t wait to finally get started!

YES – If you want to reach a comfortable conversational level of ASL and see progress right away.

YES – If you want to refresh your ASL skills and perfect your ASL grammar.

YES – If you enjoy learning online and don’t have the time or money to sit in a classroom or spend on expensive tuition.

YES – If you want to learn ASL as your foreign language. We have had many students use Start ASL for credit – be sure to check with your school for their requirements!

YES – If you eventually want to become an ASL interpreter – Our course will more than prepare you to take that step.

Now is the perfect time to learn this beautiful language and it’s never too late to start!

Testimonials

We have hundreds of successful ASL students… (you can be one too!)

I took all 3 classes and was amazed at the attention to detail taken to design this course. This course is organized, well-thought out, and fun. I learned a lot! The videos were my favorite part. Since I already had quite a bit of vocabulary under my belt, I wanted practice reading a variety of signers while learning ASL grammar. This course gave me just that. I highly recommend it for anyone learning ASL. THANK YOU, Start ASL!

I love this site Start ASL. They have easy to follow course work. And the social media content for learning is awesome!

I am a single mom and unfortunately there are not a lot of affordable options in which I can be with my daughter and still learn ASL. Thank you for making this option available to those who may be not be able to learn in an adult classroom environment and are also hearing. I love this site. I just went through the first three units as a refresher and not sure why I ever left the site. Keep up the awesome work!

Hi! Mara here! I am so excited to tell you about Start ASL! It is a great company that allows you to practice ASL and learn it at your own pace. ASL stands for American Sign Language. I had to learn it because my sister is Deaf. So I am here to learn it more fluently, and at my own pace. So come and join us and you will have so much fun. It’s a great community of people to learn and grow. So I hope to see you! Bye! (Signs I-LOVE-YOU, in ASL)

We have been around for 14 years and have been the USA’s most trusted online American Sign Language course for over a decade.

Learn American Sign Language with a Comprehensive, Systematic Approach

Access all three years of ASL (ASL 1, 2, and 3) with all of our course options

Finally understand ASL grammar with our straightforward grammar lessons

Join over 6,000 students in our ASL learning community

Earn a Certificate of Completion for each level to mark your outstanding achievement

Watch nine different signers to gain invaluable American Sign Language receptive skills

Learn ASL wherever and whenever you want with our mobile friendly platform

Get invaluable support from our instructors along your journey

Latest Start ASL Updates

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Strictly Come Dancing Performance Prompts a Surge in Google Searches for “Learn Sign Language”

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  Deaf UK TV actor Rose Ayling-Ellis, 2022 winner of the televised British dance contest Strictly Come Dancing, seems to have inspired many people to learn sign language. The actor’s Viennese waltz, performed with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, introduced Sign Language choreography…
Top reasons to learn American Sign Language - Coldplay is Hiring

Top Reasons to Learn American Sign Language – Coldplay is Hiring Interpreters to Make Their Concerts More Accessible to All

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Seeing one’s favorite musical artist perform live on stage or attending a live concert by a popular band is an event each person should be able to enjoy at least once in a lifetime. But this goal is not easy for everyone to achieve. Fortunately, recent technological advances are helping to broaden…
The Simpsons Makes History with Deaf Voice Actors and the Use of ASL

The Simpsons Makes History with Deaf Voice Actors and the Use of ASL

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  Season 33, episode 17 of the long-running hit animated sitcom The Simpsons titled “The Sound of Bleeding Gums” is noteworthy for its use of American Sign Language (ASL) (although the characters have only four fingers), and for its casting of Deaf actor John Autry II to voice the Deaf…
Death Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low

Juliette Gordon Low: Founder of the Girl Scouts and A Deaf Champion Who Wouldn’t Hear “No”

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Juliette Gordon Low: A Deaf Champion Who Wouldn’t Hear “No” Each year Girl Scouts all around the US celebrate October 31st as their movement’s Founder’s Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. Blazing a trail for countless young girls…
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Signers

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Certificates Earned

Meet the Start ASL Team

We are passionate about American Sign language… and we want to share that passion with you!

The Start ASL team has been educating students for over 13 years and we’re so excited to have you join us! Meet the core team!

Michelle Jay

Founder

Megan Clancy

Start ASL Instructor

Jessica Mayer

Company Relations Manager

Dennis Valansi

Website and Technical Support Administrator

Jared DeBusk

Deaf Actor and Model

Crystal Lott

EIPA and NIC Advanced Certified ASL Interpreter

Mark Loyd

RID Certified ASL Interpreter

Darcy French-Myerson

ASL Interpreter with BA in English-ASL Interpreting and Theatre

Christine Jones

ITP Graduate and Volunteer Interpreter

Deborah Kanter

Deaf Signer

Cristian Tun

Hard of Hearing Signer

Mando Garza

Aspiring Deaf Actor at NTID

Schools and Organizations Partnered with Start ASL

Hundreds of schools use our curriculum in their classrooms and offer enrollment into our complete Online ASL Course to their students for foreign language learning. All of our options for schools and organizations can be found on our Teach American Sign Language page.