Most ASL resources only focus on one aspect of the language: Vocabulary. One of the biggest myths about ASL is that it is just “English on the hands.” This is simply not true. ASL is a true language with its own grammar and syntax – something that most ASL resources (even classes!) simply do not teach. For this reason, a staggering number of signers end up signing what is called Pidgin Signed English (or PSE) – which is just ASL signs in English word order – thinking that it is true ASL.
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 10 years and we’re so excited to have you join us! Meet the core team!
The Truth About Sign Language Resources
With the growing popularity of sign language, there are a lot of ASL learning resources available at your disposal – websites, books, software, videos, flashcards, and more! But what many people don’t know is that most ASL resources are unreliable and they actually make learning true ASL extremely difficult.
It’s true – we’re always very sad to hear that someone gave up on learning ASL because it was just simply too difficult and they never felt like they were really learning anything.
So, what should you do?
After over a decade of being unable to find a comprehensive way to learn ASL online, the Start ASL team created a full online course 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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
The Start ASL Online Course
With Start ASL’s complete online course you will learn true American Sign Language so you can join any signed conversation with complete confidence. Unlike most ASL 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.
When You Sign Up For Our Course, You Will Get…
And Most Importantly…
After completing this course, you can:
The opportunities are truly endless and, as you will find, so very fulfilling. All of these things are totally achievable sooner than you think. And you can most definitely achieve them with our course!
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.
NEW Bonuses Included!
AND Bonus #1 – The Don’t Just “Sign”… Communicate Course Books
Now also included with the Start ASL Online Course are your own downloadable copies of the Don’t Just “Sign”… Communicate! Student Guide PDF e-books that are used for the course Reading Assignments. These essential guides are your key to success!
Is the Start ASL Online Course Right for Me?
YES – If you’ve always wanted to learn ASL 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!
You Will See Progress – We Guarantee It!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I want to say that I am learning pretty quick! My favorite part is the video challenge, it gives me a little of the adrenaline feeling, and I love it! Thank you so much, I’m really enjoying my lessons!
Frequently Asked Questions
*Can I earn school credit by taking this course?
Many schools have offered foreign language credit for completing our courses. It is up to your school’s discretion whether or not they will accept our classes for credit. Our classes are not accredited, but we do offer a printable “Completion Certificate” for each level (ASL 1, 2, and 3) of our Online Course. The Gold level option includes verified completion certificates and grade reports if required by your school or employer (more information here).
Each of the levels of the ASL classes are roughly equivalent to a year of a foreign language in high school and a semester of a foreign language in college. For example, if the student completes levels 1 and 2 of this curriculum, they will have completed 2 years of foreign language credit for high school and 2 semesters of foreign language credit for college. Each level would take a full year to complete in a high school classroom and a semester to complete in a college classroom.
We have had many students use our courses for foreign language credits, but it is up to your school whether or not they will accept our courses for credit. We recommend getting all approval in writing from your school before signing up for our courses.
How long does it take to complete one course level?
How long it takes to complete each level depends on the student since the courses are completely self-paced. On average, driven self-study students are able to complete one level in three to four months and students who are taking the course for credit are usually able to complete one level in nine to twelve months.
How are the Bonuses delivered?
Your bonuses are available to download in your account immediately after purchase.
How is instructor feedback different between the Silver and Gold level?
There are nine total signing assignments in the Online Course – one in ASL 1, three in ASL 2, and five in ASL 3. If you sign up for the Silver level, you will receive general written feedback on your signing assignments from our instructors. If you sign up for the Gold level, you will receive detailed, timestamped video feedback on your signing assignments from our instructors. All students receive a completed grade rubric on all signing assignments.
*What is a Verified Completion Certificate or Grade Report?
With the Gold level of the Online Course, we can provide you with printed, signed, and mailed certificates of completion if required by your school or employer. We can also provide digital grade reports that have been verified by our instructors.
Note: You must be a Gold level member for the duration of each course level in order to receive a verified completion certificate for that course level. Printed verified completion certificates can be mailed once per student to one address within the US as part of the program. Additional printed certificates, or certificates shipped internationally will incur additional fees.
How do I manage my monthly subscription?
Just click My Account to view your Subscriptions and change your payment method or cancel your subscription at any time. Even when you cancel you will get access to the courses for as long as you have already paid. If you’ve never taken an online class, it can be a little intimidating to get started. But rest assured that we completely understand and have made it easy for you to control your own subscription and we’re always here to help if you need it!
Can I upgrade or downgrade my subscription to a different level?
Yes! You can cancel your subscription and resubscribe to the level of your choice at any time. Your coursework is saved to your account, so just be sure to use the same account to sign up again and you can start right where you left off!
Do you have options for teachers, schools, or organizations?
Yes! Our options for teachers, schools, and organizations can be found on this page: https://teachers.startasl.com
Is it possible to enroll multiple students at once?
Yes! We offer a Group Purchase option for the Start ASL Online Course. You can find more information about that on this page.
Are subscriptions fees charged automatically?
Our monthly course subscriptions are charged automatically every month for your convenience until you cancel. One-year access purchases are a one-time payment and your access expires after one year.
How long will I have access to the course and materials?
With the monthly subscription option, you will have access to the Online Course and materials until your monthly subscription is cancelled and your paid duration has expired. With the year-access option, you will have access for one year after your date of purchase. If you have not completed everything within one year, you can purchase another year-access option or continue with a monthly subscription at that time.
Can I be an interpreter after completing this course?
While you won’t be able to interpret professionally after taking our course, our course will more than prepare you to move on to a professional interpreting program.
Are there any system requirements?
Our Online Course works on any device, but for the best experience we recommend using either the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.
All set? It’s time to choose your level!