Start ASL’s Top 150 Basic ASL Sign Language Words

July 16, 2018
Category: ASL Dictionary

Top 150 Videos – Basic ASL Sign Language Words

We have compiled a great collection of videos showing the top 150 basic ASL sign language words.

These are the words that you should learn first. Learning the signs for these ASL sign language words is a great way to build a basic vocabulary foundation before learning full American Sign Language. These 150 words were chosen by finding the most important words learned in our ASL 1 course. These are the words that students learn first in the class and are therefore extremely useful to learn–especially if you plan to take an ASL class in the future.

These top 150 words have been organized into 11 categories: Common, Animals, Colors, Descriptions, Family, Food, Home, People, Questions, School, and Time. This should make them easy to find and easier to learn. The more important categories are listed toward the top. These are the basic ASL sign language words that you will find yourself using the most often. The categories toward the bottom are best for enriching basic conversations. Keep in mind that this list is just a starter and contains only the most common basic signs used in American Sign Language.

And, of course, there is more to American Sign Language than just memorizing vocabulary. ASL has its own grammar, syntax, culture, and history! Don’t forget to check out our free American Sign Language online classes where you can learn sign language and not just the basic sign language words!

Common Signs

Animal Signs

Signs for Colors


Family Signs

Signs for Food

Signs for the Home

People Signs


School Signs

Time Signs

Want to learn more?

Don’t forget to check out our free online ASL classes where you can learn sign language – including grammar, syntax, and culture – and not just basic sign language words!


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