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ASL Dictionary – Learn Essential Vocabulary

This ASL dictionary is for you! We have included over 1,000 words and phrases from our Complete 3-Level ASL Course vocabulary lists. This means that if you learn this essential vocabulary from our dictionary, you can start having basic conversations in sign language before you know it! Are you intimidated by massive ASL dictionaries? Then this is the right place to […]

Sign Language for Infants

Step 3 – Start Talking Are you ready to start signing? This is so exciting! It’s now time to choose the signs you are going to start with. Go ahead and choose a small handful of signs from the vocabulary link below (be sure to include not only need-based signs but sign that will excite […]

American Sign Language Phrases

Conversational Phrases To see all of the American Sign Language phrases videos we have, click the link below to visit our comprehensive dictionary: Phrases in ASL => American Sign Language Phrase Videos Below is a list of all the phrases we have available to view at the link above: “Beginning and ending a thought” 11 […]

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Step 9 – Advancing Your child is growing and advancing! How exciting! You are now probably combining signs and speech with your child. This can greatly enhance his vocabulary as well as give him the ability to learn new concepts that he may not be able to verbalize. There are many more fun things you […]

Learn Baby Signs

Step 6 – More Signs Moving on from basic signs you learned in Step 3, choose some secondary words from the vocabulary link below. Try to branch out a little more from the first words you learned and more closely point out the world your baby is growing into: => Baby Sign Language Vocabulary You […]

Free Online Sign Language Classes (ASL 1 – Unit 9)

ASL 1 – Unit 9 In this unit of the free online sign language classes, you will be learning about verbs. VocabularyJobs & Careers Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these vocabulary words. Vocabulary ACCOUNTANT ACTOR AIRFORCE ARCHITECT ARCHITECT (2) ARMY/MILITARY ARTIST ASSISTANT BASEBALL PLAYER BLOG BOSS BUILDING […]

Free Sign Language Classes (ASL 1 – Unit 1)

ASL 1 – Unit 1 In this unit of the free sign language class, you will be learning how to fingerspell. VocabularyFirst Signs Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Good afternoon Good morning Goodbye Goodnight Hello How are you? How are you? […]

Free Sign Language Classes (ASL 2 – Unit 8)

ASL 2 – Unit 8 Inflection In this unit of the free sign language classes, you will be learning about inflection. VocabularyHouse & Home Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Excuse me I’m sorry to interrupt, but I have an important message. […]

Free Sign Language Lesson (ASL 2 – Unit 6)

ASL 2 – Unit 6 Pluralization In this unit of the free sign language lesson, you will be learning about pluralization. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases Is that true? Sorry, I already have plans. What do you think? Who do you live with? […]

Learn American Sign Language (ASL 1 – Unit 7)

ASL 1 – Unit 7 In this unit, you will learn American Sign Language pronouns and how to index. VocabularyFriends & Family Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Are you married? Do you have children? How many siblings do you have? I […]

Learn American Sign Language (ASL 3 – Unit 2)

ASL 3 – Unit 2 Advanced Role Shifting In this unit as you learn American Sign Language, you will be learning advanced role shifting techniques. VocabularyMath & Money Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases 11 + 15 = 26 235 x 12 […]

Learn ASL (ASL 2 – Unit 12)

ASL 2 – Unit 12 Final Unit In this unit as you learn ASL, you will be wrapping up what you have learned so far. Conversation Comprehension 12.1 Turn to page 14 in your workbook. In the video below, Deborah and Mark are going to have a conversation. In your workbook, some of the dialogue […]

Learn ASL Online (ASL 2 – Unit 7)

ASL 2 – Unit 7 Conveying Distance In this unit as you learn asl online, you will be learning how to convey distance. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases I want to introduce you to my friend Julie. My cell phone can email, send […]

Learn Sign Language Free (ASL 1 – Unit 10)

ASL 1 – Unit 10 In this unit as you learn sign language free, you will learn about ASL negation. VocabularyEmotions & Character Traits Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases I feel OK. I feel tired. I feel wonderful. Vocabulary ANNOYING ARGUE […]

Learn Sign Language Online (ASL 1 – Unit 3)

ASL 1 – Unit 3 In this unit as you learn sign language online, you will learn about the five sign parameters. VocabularySchool & Education Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Are you a student? Are you deaf? Are you learning sign […]

Learn Sign Language Online (ASL 2 – Unit 10)

ASL 2 – Unit 10 Object Locations In this unit as you learn sign language online, you will be learning how to sign object locations. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases I put a camera on the top of my front door entrance. My […]

Start Learning American Sign Language (ASL 1 – Unit 2)

ASL 1 – Unit 2 In this unit, you will be learning American Sign Language numbers and Deaf Culture. VocabularyFood & Drink Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Can you (please) sign slower? Can you (please) sign that again? Can you fingerspell […]

Start Learning American Sign Language (ASL 2 – Unit 9)

ASL 2 – Unit 9 Room Descriptions In this unit as you start learning American Sign Language, you will be learning how to sign room descriptions. VocabularyTechnology & Household Goods Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases How do you wash your laundry […]

Start Learning Sign Language (ASL 1 – Intro)

ASL 1 Introduction Learning sign language is so much fun! Unfortunately, many ASL classes are not taught correctly, expensive, and scheduled. The ASL classes on this website are much different. They are organized, straight to the point, fun, free, and at your own pace. Materials you will need for the class ASL 1 WORKBOOK (PDF) […]

Start Learning Sign Language Online (ASL 1 – Unit 4)

ASL 1 – Unit 4 In this unit, you will learn more about the five sign parameters because you are learning sign language online. VocabularyAnimals, Home, & Transportation Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Are your parents Deaf? Can you read lips? […]

Learning Sign Language Online (ASL 2 – Unit 11)

ASL 2 – Unit 11 Describing Objects In this unit as you are learning sign language online, you will be learning how to describe objects. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases At the beach we wear sun block, sunglasses, and use an umbrella for […]

Online ASL Classes (ASL 1 – Unit 12)

ASL 1 – Unit 12 In this unit of the online ASL classes, you will learn the rest of the important ASL numbers. VocabularyAdvanced Numbers Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases How old are you? I am 20 years old. See you […]

American Sign Language Classes (ASL 1 – Unit 8)

ASL 1 – Unit 8 In this unit of the sign language classes, you will learn more about pronouns and directional verbs. VocabularyPhysical Features & Clothing Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these vocabulary words. Vocabulary BALD BEARD BELT BLACK BRACELET BROKEN CLOTHES DIRTY DRESS FAT FAT (2) […]

Free American Sign Language Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 3)

ASL 3 – Unit 3 Narratives In this unit of the free American Sign Language classes, you will be learning the basics of how to construct narratives. VocabularyLife Events Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Her least favorite person got laid off […]

Free American Sign Language Course (ASL 3 – Unit 8)

ASL 3 – Unit 8 Amenities and Features In this unit of the free American Sign Language course, you will be learning how to sign amenities and features. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases Her car is black and has a loud engine. My […]

American Sign Language Free Classes (ASL 2 – Unit 3)

ASL 2 – Unit 3 Time Duration and Regularity In this unit of the American Sign Language free classes, you will be learning about time duration and regularity. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases Every morning I wake up happy because I sleep all […]

Free American Sign Language Instruction (ASL 2 – Unit 4)

ASL 2 – Unit 4 Temporal Aspect In this unit of the free American Sign Language instruction, you will be learning about temporal aspect. VocabularyActivities & Hobbies Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Could you go to the store and pick me […]

Free Online Sign Language Lessons (ASL 2 – Unit 1)

ASL 2 – Unit 1 Sentence Types In this unit of the online sign language lessons, you will be learning more sentence types. VocabularyFood & Drink Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Hockey is the best sport to watch live. How much […]

Learn Sign Language Online (ASL 1 – Unit 6)

ASL 1 – Unit 6 In this unit as you learn sign language online, you will be learning about ASL sentence types. VocabularySports & Music Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these vocabulary words. Vocabulary BASEBALL BASKETBALL BASS BOAT BOWLING DANCE DRUMS FALL-DOWN FALL-DOWN (2) FAST FIRST FOOTBALL […]

American Sign Language Online Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 1)

ASL 3 – Unit 1 Role Shifting In this unit of the American Sign Language online classes, you will be learning how to role shift. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases For this job you will need to check your email and clean your […]

Free American Sign Language Classes (ASL 2 – Unit 5)

ASL 2 – Unit 5 Classifiers In this unit of the free American Sign Language classes, you will be learning about classifiers. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases Do you mind if I borrow your car? I don’t mind that you borrow the car, […]

Free ASL Online Classes (ASL 2 – Unit 2)

ASL 2 – Unit 2 Time Signs In this unit of the ASL online classes, you will be learning about time signs. VocabularySeasons & Holidays Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases How was your weekend? I am a college student and I […]

ASL Online Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 11)

ASL 3 – Unit 11 Final Unit In this unit of the ASL online classes, we will be wrapping up what you’ve learned in this class. Expression Assignment 3-5 To practice your storytelling expression skills, I want you to use your webcam (or a video camera) and sign your favorite fairy tale. This should be […]

Free Online Sign Language Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 4)

ASL 3 – Unit 4 Accident Narratives In this unit of the free online sign language classes, you will be learning how to sign accident narratives. VocabularyHealth & Medical Care Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases I feel sick with a sore […]

Learn Sign Language Free (ASL 3 – Unit 5)

ASL 3 – Unit 5 Giving Information In this unit as you learn sign language free, you will be learning how to give information. VocabularyGeography & Culture Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases and vocabulary words. Phrases Germany makes the best cars for winter weather and […]

Start Learning Sign Language (ASL 2 – Intro)

ASL 2 Introduction Learning sign language is so much fun! Welcome to the second class in the Start ASL online curriculum! Materials you will need for the class ASL 2 WORKBOOK (PDF) (Required & Free) – You will use the workbook for the class assignments and activities. ASL 2 Vocabulary Study Sheet (PDF) (Helpful & […]

Start Learning Sign Language (ASL 3 – Intro)

ASL 3 Introduction Learning sign language is so much fun! Welcome to the third class in the Start ASL online curriculum! Materials ASL 3 WORKBOOK (PDF) (Required & Free) – You will use the workbook for the class assignments and activities. ASL 3 Vocabulary Study Sheet (PDF) (Helpful & Free) – This is a list […]

Learning Sign Language Online Free (ASL 3 – Unit 9)

ASL 3 – Unit 9 Storytelling In this unit as you learning sign language online free, you will be learning how to tell a story. Vocabulary Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these phrases. Phrases “Beginning and ending a thought” Once upon a time Storytelling Storytelling is very […]

Online Sign Language Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 6)

ASL 3 – Unit 6 Sign Language Games In this unit of the online sign language classes, you will be learning how to sign sign language games. VocabularyGames Visit the Online Course Vocabulary Category for this unit to view videos of these vocabulary words. Vocabulary GO AHEAD LEADER LOSE NOT ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED (2) NO-WAY […]

Online ASL Classes (ASL 3 – Unit 7)

ASL 3 – Unit 7 Handshape Stories and Deaf Jokes In this unit of the online ASL classes, you will be learning about handshape stories and Deaf jokes. Conversation Review 7.1 Turn to page 12 in your workbook. In the video below, Crystal, Christine, and Cristian will have a conversation. Answer the questions in your […]

Famous Deaf People

No Hearing People Here! Deaf people have been more in the spotlight than you know. There are several famous deaf people who have been the founders of many organizations, been pioneers in deaf education, written books, painted famous artworks, held world records in sports, acted on several well-known television shows, and even started newspapers… Famous […]

Hearing Loss or Deafness Gain?

Hearing loss is more like “Deafness Gain” to people who are part of Deaf Culture. The loss of hearing is actually a very small part of being a Deaf person. However, it’s very useful to study the implications of deafness when you’re becoming involved in the Deaf community. Most hearing people only see the lack […]

Becoming a Sign Language Interpreter

Becoming an American Sign Language interpreter is a very popular choice for many ASL students. People choose to become interpreters because they love American Sign Language, love Deaf people, and enjoy being exposed to a wide variety of interesting subject matter and experiences. Interpreting is a very fun and rewarding career. You get to wake […]

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster is a very important person in Deaf history. He was the first African American Deaf person to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Gallaudet University and is known as the “Father of the Deaf” of Africa because he founded the first school for the deaf there and went on to establish 31 more. Andrew […]

Sign Language Alphabet | 6 Free Downloads to Learn It Fast

Memorizing the American Sign Language alphabet (also known as the American Manual Alphabet) is the first step when learning American Sign Language and most new sign language students rely on fingerspelling from the ASL alphabet when they don’t know the sign for something. Grammatically, fingerspelling is used in ASL for signing proper nouns (people’s names, […]

Deaf Events in Other Countries

Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Any Others If you’re looking for Deaf events in countries other than the US or want to post your own, you’ve come to the right place! To Search Deaf events in your country, use your browser’s Find ability (CTRL+F) to search for your country’s name on the page. To Post […]

Deaf Events in the South United States

If you’re looking for Deaf events in the southern United States or want to post your own, you’ve come to the right place! To Search Deaf events in your state, use your browser’s Find ability (CTRL+F) to search for your state’s name on the page. To Post Deaf events in your state, leave a comment […]

Deaf Events in the Midwest United States

If you’re looking for Deaf events in the mid-western United States or want to post your own, you’ve come to the right place! To Search Deaf events in your state, use your browser’s Find ability (CTRL+F) to search for your state’s name on the page. To Post Deaf events in your state, leave a comment […]

Deaf Events in the Northeast United States

If you’re looking for Deaf events in the northeastern United States or want to post your own, you’ve come to the right place! To Search Deaf events in your state, use your browser’s Find ability (CTRL+F) to search for your state’s name on the page. To Post Deaf events in your state, leave a comment […]

Deaf Events in the West United States

If you’re looking for Deaf events in the western United States or want to post your own, you’ve come to the right place! To Search Deaf events in your state, use your browser’s Find ability (CTRL+F) to search for your state’s name on the page. To Post Deaf events in your state, leave a comment […]

Tips for Starting Your Child with Sign Language

by Heather Jensen Scientists have found that the muscles in children’s fingers and hands are develop faster than the ones in their mouth and jaw, which has made baby sign language popular. Teaching your nonverbal child or child who struggles to communicate with sign language can be a great way to give them a voice […]

Songs in Sign Language Submitted by Other Visitors

Rosa Lee Timm “Ironic” by Crystal (Kansas) Please enable JavaScript I Can Only Imagine (in ASL) by Kevin Loveland Please enable JavaScript “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum, cover by Mike and Lane by Lane (Moorhead, MN USA) Please enable JavaScript Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx by soph1951 Please enable JavaScript This Is […]

Learning Beyond The Sign

by Janeel Hew (Hawaii) Understanding the past, helps us to embrace the present. Finally an online class, that teaches you that learning ASL means more than knowing how to bend your fingers. We miss the colors of the rainbow when we are only able to see the black and white. If you are thinking about […]

Rodger Young

by Anonymous Rodger Young was a deaf man who faked his Army hearing test in World War II. He won a Posthumous Medal of Honor in the Soloman Islands. Rodger Young was a member of the United States National Guard with the rank of sergeant. However, before going to war in World War II, he […]

Ear Anatomy – Tiny Pieces with Big Jobs

Ear anatomy is not as complex as you might think. There are only a few anatomical parts that make hearing possible. However, if there is something wrong with any one of those small pieces, you can lose your hearing completely. The ear is made up of three parts–the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. […]

Free Baby Sign Language

Step 8 – Taming Stress Signing, like I said before, is great for preventing tantrums with your baby. Signing helps eliminate the frustration your child feels when she can’t communicate. For example, when your child is frantically waving her arms in the air and signing “help” to you, you would sign “help” back while asking […]

Free Sign Language Chart

Below is a high quality printable free sign language chart image and PDF. Download PDF Now“Free Basic Sign Language Chart” (Keep in mind that you will need Adobe Reader in order to view the PDF. You can get it free here.) This American Sign Language chart outlines a few common signs that may help with […]

Sign Language Gifts

Great Ideas for that Perfect Gift! I remember going to my first Deaf Expo and discovering all the incredible sign language gifts that are out there in the world. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t find them before! If you want to give a special gift to a Deaf person or a friend or relative […]

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

It’s not uncommon to see a dog leading and assisting a blind person. You have probably seen a few of those trained dogs during the course of your life. But have you ever noticed a dog helping a deaf person? Yes, it’s true; dogs can be trained to assist deaf people. These hearing dogs are […]

The Hearing Test and Why Deaf People Hate It

During my studies at California State University, Northridge, I took a class called Issues in the Deaf Community. I remember a comment my Deaf professor made regarding a hearing test. My Issues in the Deaf Community class usually covered issues regarding the oppression of deaf people. This comment about the testing of hearing was no […]

Free American Sign Language Lessons (ASL 3 – Unit 10)

ASL 3 – Unit 10 Interpreting Songs in ASL In this unit of the free American Sign Language lessons, you will be learning how to interpret songs in ASL. Interpreting Songs in ASL One of the most fun ways to use ASL is in the interpretation of songs. Songs interpreted into ASL aren’t used very […]

Teach Your Infant Sign Language

Step 2 – Getting Started The first thing you will do before you start teaching your infant sign language is pick the signs you are going to begin with. I suggest picking a handful of signs. Most parents choose signs that have to do with eating like “eat,” “drink,” or “milk.” Throw in some fun […]

Irish Sign Language (ISL)

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the sign language used in Ireland (primarily in the Republic of Ireland). ISL is also used in Northern Ireland, but British Sign Language (BSL) is used there as well. ISL is more similar to American Sign Language and French Sign Language than British Sign Language and is not related to […]

Japanese Sign Language (JSL)

Japanese Sign Language (JSL), to me, is truly amazing. I am fascinated even by the Japanese language, so this signed language really interests me. JSL is the sign language used in Japan… Bet you didn’t guess that. Just like how Japanese is completely different from English, JSL is completely different from ASL. For one, JSL […]

Learning Sign Language Online Free (ASL 1 – Unit 14)

ASL 1 – Unit 14 Did You Enjoy the Class? Share Your Experience! Congratulations! You have completed the StartASL.com ASL 1 class! I hope that you have learned everything you have wanted to learn in ASL 1 and that you enjoyed learning sign language online free. Many new ASL students are very interested to know […]

Free Sign Language Course (ASL 1 – Unit 13)

ASL 1 – Unit 13 In this unit of the sign language course, I will be quizzing you on what you have learned so far. This unit is a cumulative review of everything you have learned so far. You will be quizzed on numbers, vocabulary, comprehension, and expression. Vocabulary Visit our ASL 1 Vocabulary Review […]

Our Favorite Sign Language Flashcards

Using sign language flashcards is a great way to retain the ASL you’re learning. We have had a great time using flash cards while learning ASL and below are some of our favorites. Please note that when you choose to purchase through the external links on this website (in many but not all cases) we […]

Sign Language for Babies

Step 1 – Introduction Yes, you need to read an introduction before starting. This will just give you a background about why sign language for babies is so effective. Baby Signing Myths First, I want to list some myths about teaching your baby sign language: Signing with your baby is a new fad. Your baby […]

American Sign Language Symbols and Letters

There are many different American Sign Language symbols and letters that are used in a variety of ways. There are symbols used for writing ASL signs, glossing ASL sentences, and fingerspelling in ASL. Symbols for Writing ASL Signs American Sign Language symbols were developed in order to write how ASL signs are signed. This is […]

Spanish Sign Language (SSL)

  Spanish Sign Language is a sign language that I really didn’t know anything about until now. I really wish there was a class that touched on international signed languages, such as this one, while I was studying Deaf Studies. SSL is the sign language used in Spain. Just like how Spanish is completely different […]

Swedish Sign Language (TSP)

Swedish Sign Language (TSP) is the sign language used in Sweden. TSP did not stem from any other sign languages, but it did influence Finnish Sign Language (FSL) and Portuguese Sign Language (PSR). It has been in use since 1800 and in 1809, the first deaf school in Sweden was established. Swedish Sign Language was […]

Toddler Sign Language

Step 10 – Your Growing Child If your child has begun to speak, you may notice that she stops using many signs. At this point, some parents will stop using sign language because they have gotten what they wanted–a preverbal form of communication with their child. However, some parents continue to teach their toddler sign […]

TTY – Deaf People Can Order a Pizza, Too!

Back in the day, deaf people would drive all the way to their friends’ homes to talk to them. Then, the TTY was invented. Back then, it was called a TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). A teletypewriter looks like a word processor. It has a keyboard and a display screen. They actually look pretty […]

Teach Babies Sign Language

Step 11 – Finding More Signers Getting connected with other parents who teach their babies sign language can truly be a great thing. Not only do you have some support, but you can also make great friends. When you get together, you will be able to share strategies and progress. You can even learn new […]

The Best Baby Sign Language Books

We have searched for the best baby sign language books, checked them out, and read their reviews. All of the best baby sign language books we’ve found are listed below. Fortunately, we found a whole bunch of them. Please note that when you choose to purchase through the external links on this website (in many […]

No Baby Sign Language DVD Needed!

Step 12 – Conclusion Many parents buy a baby sign language DVD or many books to learn what you have learned in these 12 steps. You have learned so much already without buying either of those! However, if you do wish to learn more than what we have offered here, we highly recommend buying one. […]

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

12 Easy Steps for Communication with Your Baby Let me guess…your baby is crying uncontrollably and you want to know what he wants so your ears can take a break…No? Maybe, then, you want to learn how to keep that from happening. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Teaching baby sign language to your […]

Baby Signing

Step 4 – When Things Don’t Go the Way You Planned You may encounter some friends or family that don’t believe in baby signing. Skeptical friends and family can definitely depress your excitement. They may quote the myths we told you about earlier or tell you that signing with your baby will never work. All […]

Learn Baby Talk Sign Language

Step 7 – Sign Combinations Babies will often start to combine vocal words (the baby talk begins!) as they progress in their learning. This is the same for signing children. If you sign with your baby long enough, and even when he becomes a toddler, he will most likely start combining signs. This may happen […]

British Sign Language (BSL)

British Sign Language is my favorite second signed language. BSL is the sign language used in the United Kingdom (UK). I get tingles every time I see their two-handed manual alphabet. BSL is related to Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). These three signed languages descended from the same parent language […]

Chinese Sign Language (CSL)

Chinese Sign Language (CSL) has been developing mostly since the late 1950’s and its signs are like written Chinese characters. CSL has several dialects with Shanghai being the most common. Even though the first deaf school using CSL was founded in 1887 by C.R. Mills, an American missionary, and his wife, CSL was not influenced […]

Closed Captioning – Deaf Couch Potatoes DO Exist!

Lip-reading is rather unsuccessful (only an average of 20% understanding). Closed captioning, however, takes all the lip-reading out of watching television! You have probably watched television. And you have probably pressed a button on your remote that makes white words with a black background pop up on your screen (either on purpose or by accident). […]

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Step 5 – Caregivers Some parents who use baby sign language stay at home with their children while others leave for work. If you are working away from home, you most likely leave your baby with a caregiver or family member. If your baby’s caregiver is not involved in the signing process, this may be […]

Deaf Alarm Clock

Many people wonder how deaf people are able to wake up if they can’t hear an alarm. However, with the advent of new technology for the deaf, waking up is no longer a problem for deaf people. So, how do they do it? With what you may call a “deaf alarm clock,” of course! Photo […]

Deaf Art Book Recommendations

…are really hard to come by! We have searched for all the best Deaf art books. We have checked them out and read their reviews. Sadly, there aren’t that many to choose from. But, we can say that the ones listed below are recommended. Please note that when you choose to purchase through the external […]

The Best Deaf Dating Sites

There are so many deaf dating sites available on the internet that it can be difficult to find the right one. Most deaf dating sites cater to deaf and hard of hearing people, so if you are a hearing ASL student, you should look into these sites further to find one where you might fit […]

The Best Deaf Jokes

Here are some of the best deaf jokes we’ve heard over the years: Deaf Jokes – Motel A deaf couple check into a motel and go to bed early. The wife wakes her husband in the middle of the night complaining of a headache. She asks him to go to the car to get some […]

Deaf Technology – Opening Doors for the Deaf

Opening Doors for the Deaf Deaf people didn’t have many careers choices a few decades ago. They would usually find themselves working in trade jobs, non-profit work, or as teachers at schools for the deaf. But now, only a short time later, many doors have opened not only because of the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

Deaf VP

Deaf Videophone Directory Deaf VP was a Deaf Videophone directory created by Sorenson. Videophones are telephones with a video screen. They enable deaf people to call each other (or a relay service) and use American Sign Language, their first language, to communicate. James38, CC:BY-SA Videophones themselves, however, haven’t become very popular. The reason for this […]

Online Sign Language Classes (ASL 1 – Unit 11)

ASL 1 – Unit 11 In this unit of the online sign language class, you will learn how to identify people. Conversation Read this outline, and then watch the conversation in action on the video clip. Try to recognize what is being said. Watch the video again until you can follow the conversation without the […]