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Start ASL offers a variety of resources to learn American Sign Language ranging from free online lessons to courses specially designed for Students, Teachers, and Homeschoolers; as well as an individualized Tutoring Program for those who desire one-on-one learning. We have been trusted for over 15 years in online ASL education and have grown to a community of thousands of students. We’re so excited for you to join us!

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The Don't Just "Sign"... Communicate! Student Guides

Our courses are meant to be used with the Don’t Just “Sign”… Communicate! Student Guide series. They are your key to success as you learn American Sign Language! They’re the perfect supplements for our courses and are included with all of our paid course options and also available separately in several formats.

A Student’s Guide to ASL and the Deaf Community

This guide will give you insight into the ASL community and culture. It also provides a more comprehensive understanding of learning the language, which helps ensure success!

A Student’s Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar

This guide takes you through all the grammar rules of ASL so that you completely understand it. This is the only ASL grammar guide written especially for ASL students and is an essential part of your success.

A Student’s Guide to the Deaf Experience

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories written by members of the deaf and hard of hearing community will give you an exclusive and important glimpse into the unique world of the deaf that you will be joining.

A Student’s Guide to Deaf Community Terminology

This handy pocket guide ensures that you know all the proper terminology for the Deaf community. When you encounter unfamiliar terms, you can quickly look them up no matter where you are.

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Learn How to Sign Comfortably and Correctly in True ASL

Learn Accurate ASL

What most online ASL resources teach is often incorrect. Sadly, a simple search on Youtube will bring up a number of ASL videos with over one million views and hundreds of comments about how incorrect the signs are.

With us, you can rest assured that you are learning accurate signs and grammar by professional signers who are active members of the Deaf community. Our curriculum is aligned with the California World Language Standards and the ACTFL.

Imagine having the confidence to join a conversation in ASL knowing that your signing is completely accurate!

Learn American Sign Language Quickly and Easily

Most online ASL resources end up being very expensive with both time and money. If you have been using free resources, you may have found that searching through all the information out there and wondering whether or not it is even accurate takes an astronomical amount of time.

With us, our complete course includes everything you need. You will learn the language completely and with total flexibility. And better yet, our course will quickly give you the results you’ve been waiting to see.

Imagine the time you’d save and the uncertainty you’d avoid if you knew exactly what ASL to learn and when to learn it!

Learn Complete ASL

Most online ASL resources teach a very limited amount of ASL. Maybe you’re learning some signs like “dog” and “cat,” but are wondering when you’ll actually be able to have a real conversation.

With us, you will learn full ASL. We teach an extensive amount of ASL vocabulary plus ASL grammar, ASL syntax, Deaf culture, and Deaf history.

Imagine having the necessary signing practice and instructor feedback you need to reach true fluency!

We Learned ASL Just Like You

Have you already taken an ASL class, but don't feel like you really got a good grip on the language? Maybe you've learned some signs to replace English words, but are wondering when you'll actually be able to have a real conversation using ASL grammar.

With us, we know what you need. We not only offer courses by native Deaf signers but also by hearing ASL professionals who know what it is like to learn ASL as a hearing person.

Imagine learning ASL from teachers who know exactly what hearing students need in order to become comfortably fluent!

Jared Perez-DeBusk
Megan Clancy
Tobi Adedeji
Katelyn Cheng
Bellamie Bachleda
Crystal Lott

Schools 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 to learn American Sign Language as their foreign language. All of our options for schools and organizations can be found on our Teach American Sign Language page.

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.

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What our students are saying

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!
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
San Jose, CA

"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)"
This class has enhanced my relationship with my daughter. We have conversations online now with Skype. The conversations I watch online help me see the nuances of conversation and the useful techniques of facial and other expressions. After the first few times I signed with my daughter, I started to feel more at ease. Trying to read the signs seems to be the most fun for me. I am learning what I set out to do with the motivation of sharing this with my little girl. Stick with it and you will feel the success through your conversations. Thank you for the opportunity.
Frank Cassianna
Frank Cassianna
Myrtle Point, OR
I’ve been infatuated with American Sign Language for the longest time, but have just recently started to teach myself. The lessons on this website have been a tremendous help and I’m learning very quickly. Thank you so much, I’m really enjoying the experience.
Ft. Wayne, IN
I have thoroughly enjoyed this site. This site has helped my husband and I understand and pick up ASL so quickly. I’m hard of hearing, and my husband and I love the ability to learn together. We now are able to better communicate to the fullest we have ever been able to do. Thank you so much.
Cortnie Testimonial
Phoenix, AZ
I give this site 5 stars! I am a stay-at-home mom of twin 3-year old boys. They are my little handfuls, and I don’t have a lot of personal time. I found this site after realizing that I wanted to learn a lot more than what I was learning on YouTube. I am on ASL 1 / Unit 2 and loving every second of it. It’s very addicting, and I would recommend this site to anybody.

"I love this site Start ASL. They have easy to follow course work. And the social media content for learning is awesome!"
Whitney Stewart
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!
Jaeda Raines
Jaeda Raines
Chicago, IL
This class has really helped me so far. I started ASL a few weeks ago and I was having a hard time being able to get the language down. Then a friend told me about this site and I have been picking it up much easier since. I am starting to have some better experiences with some of the people I know that have ASL down very well. It’s really a great experience to learn all of it and be able to communicate with them without even speaking. Thank you for providing this site, it’s been a huge help.
I am learning a great deal and enjoying the class. I am a 70% disabled veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom and have lost a large amount of my hearing. I have become very reliant on reading lips as well as having to ask people to repeat themselves numerous times. It is truly due to the nature of my injuries that I am interested in learning ASL. I thank you for the opportunity to learn.
San Diego, CA
The whole set up of the site is perfect! There are many different ways to practice and it gives you everything you need, seriously. I didn’t think I would learn as much as I have in ASL 1 but I learn a lot! This site has taught me the most out of any other site. Trust me I’ve been to many sites and they only give you half the info you need. This is a great site and I recommend it to everyone!
I’ve been wanting to learn ASL for quite some time. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. I love how clear the videos are and that I can do it at my own pace. I also love that there are quizzes to keep me on track. I like going back and watching some of the videos over and over again so that I can really get it. I’m so very impressed and grateful for the hard work that has gone into the class. I’ve only completed the first two units and can’t believe how much I’ve already learned. GREAT JOB!!! Thanks so much!
I have always been intrigued with the beauty of sign language, but I never made time to study the language. However, the more I thought about it, the stronger the desire became to just try it. As I searched the web, I came across Start ASL and decided to register. I began the courses and was amazed with the progress I was making after only a few lessons. The more I learned the more I wanted to learn. During the first two weeks of my membership I traveled to Dallas to visit my sister. While there, we attended church and I sat in the deaf and hard of hearing section so I could watch the interpreter. The interpreter signed and asked me if I was deaf. I signed that I’m a student. She instructed me to sit in the third row where a deaf gentleman was sitting. Before I took my seat, I signed to the man that my name was Denise. He began to sign his name but he was going way too fast for me. I was able to sign to him, “Please sign slow.” Upon my request, he slowed down. I understood that his name is Jerry and I signed, “Nice to meet you” and he signed it back. I felt so good inside – I couldn’t believe I was communicating after only a few lessons. And now I’m teaching my 12 month old granddaughter ASL and it’s all thanks to Start ASL.
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Denise Blackshear

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