ASL Alphabet

October 1, 2010

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The American Sign Language Alphabet is a very important part of learning ASL. It plays a big role in the language and most new sign language students rely on fingerspelling when they don’t know the sign for something.

Grammatically, fingerspelling is used in ASL for signing proper nouns (people’s names, brand names, book and movie titles, and city and state names). So, it is recommended that sign language students don’t fingerspell a word they don’t know. Instead, we suggest trying to use signs you do know to describe the word or use gestures. If all else fails, though, go ahead and fingerspell it.

If you would like to print the ASL alphabet for future study, visit our Printable Sign Language Alphabet page.


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