The Fun Way to Learn Sign Language with Start ASL

Welcome to the Start ASL free classes!

So you’re ready to learn sign language…

And it couldn’t be easier to start!

Why do we have so much available for free?

We often get asked this question.

The truth is, we offer all of this for two reasons. Firstly, we honestly enjoy helping people and we want to share our passion with you. But we also know that if you’re serious about learning ASL, you’ll want to try our official Start ASL Online Course – the most advanced and fun step-by-step online ASL learning available.

But maybe you want to start learning right now, for free. You can use the table below to start with our free classes.

Workbook | Intro | Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 | Unit 6 | Unit 7 | Unit 8 | Unit 9 | Unit 10 | Unit 11 | Unit 12 | Unit 13 | Unit 14
Workbook | Intro | Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 | Unit 6 | Unit 7 | Unit 8 | Unit 9 | Unit 10 | Unit 11 | Unit 12
Workbook | Intro | Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 | Unit 6 | Unit 7 | Unit 8 | Unit 9 | Unit 10 | Unit 11
Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 | Unit 6 | (These lessons are included in the above classes)

Are you serious about learning ASL? Yes, our free classes are wonderful, but serious ASL students who want to immerse themselves completely in American Sign Language will love our official Start ASL Online Course – guaranteed! Our complete online course will teach you how to sign comfortably and correctly in true ASL. The course was created by ASL professionals with the goal of teaching students fluent ASL, and helping you to understand and fully integrate into the Deaf community. We’re passionate about our courses, and we’re looking for passionate ASL students. Get Started Today!

Meet The Signers

Michelle Jay is the founder of She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Studies, with an emphasis in teaching, from one of the nation’s premier programs at California State University, Northridge. Michelle is a published author and has contributed thought-provoking articles to academic publishers such as Greenhaven Press. Her unique articles have done much to support Deaf Culture, and have been printed in resource publications such as American Chronicle and Perspectives on Diseases & Disorders: Deafness & Hearing Impairments..

Jared DeBusk

Jared DeBusk is a Deaf actor and model. He was born in a small country town called Brooksville, Florida. He is of Dutch, German, French, and Irish descent. DeBusk began acting as a child and he knew that he wanted to be an actor. He trained at several schools and he has performed in various plays. He is a recent graduate from University of South Florida with a BA in Communication Performance Studies.

Crystal Lott is an EIPA and NIC Advanced certified ASL interpreter. She first started learning ASL in 2000 at Glendale Community College. She graduated from the Interpreter Training Program (ITP) at Phoenix College and currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performances from Arizona State University West. Crystal was involved with the AZ Deaf Theatre for many years and is now getting plugged into the Deaf Community in Los Angeles. She aspires to work with Deaf West theatre.

Mark Loyd is an RID certified ASL interpreter. Mark comes from a theatrical background and first started learning ASL in 1993 after meeting a Deaf person for the first time and falling in love with the language. He learned ASL primarily through the Deaf community and Interpreter Training Programs (ITP) in Kansas. For the past 16 years, Mark has worked in a variety of settings–mental health, medical, educational, theatre, video relay services (VRS), and more.

Darcy French-Myerson is an interpreter with Bachelor’s degrees in English-ASL Interpreting and Theatre from Columbia College in Chicago. Darcy has interpreted in schools from the elementary to collegiate level, hospitals, big corporations, and in the non-profit sector and the Arts. Darcy has also taught English and Math to Deaf adults seeking their GEDs. Currently, Darcy works as a freelance interpreter throughout Los Angeles and continues to be involved in performance and the Arts.

Mando Garza is an aspiring Deaf actor, business professional and jack of all trades. He first started learning American Sign Language at the age of 14 after fully realizing that oral programs are increasingly inefficient and counterproductive due to various factors. Mando has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has been involved with the theatre at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) for four years including acting, monologues, and tour.

Christine Jones is an ITP (Interpreter Training Program) graduate and Deaf Studies student at California State University, Northridge. She is a volunteer interpreter and is currently looking to start a steady interpreting career.

Deborah Kanter is Deaf and comes from a primarily hearing family, except for one of her brothers who is Deaf. Deborah was introduced to American Sign Language when she was 5 years old. Deborah is currently attending college and majoring in nursing.

Cristian Tun is hard of hearing and started learning ASL when he was 13 years old. He is currently attending college and majoring in acting.

Are You Enjoying the Class? Share Your Experience in the Comments Below!

Many new ASL students are very interested to know about your Start ASL class experience. Are you successfully learning sign language? What is your favorite part of the class? Are you learning everything you want to? Do you have any useful tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Read more Start ASL reviews on our Testimonials page!
Here’s a helpful page by a fellow student:

Learning Beyond The Sign
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…


  1. April Wiseman

    I took this class online at school as an elective, and it was super helpful and fun. A couple other girls took the class with me, and we can all communicate with each other now to some degree, which is super cool. One girl also used ASL as a part of her senior project and educated our school about its importance as a language. Thank you so much for making this experience possible!

  2. Jennifer Tibke

    This is so great! I’ve been struggling with increasing hearing loss throughout my life. I wear hearing aides in both ears, although they help some, they don’t make any for my type of hearing loss. My hearing loss is progressing in a steady rate, my hearing doc has told me I will probably lose almost if not all of my hearing in about 10 years. So I need to learn this and so far you guys gave made it easier and fun to learn it!

  3. Bethany Zacek

    Growing up in church I would watch some of the older girls doing Sign Language during worship, and always found it fascinating. After a few years of watching I had picked up a few signs. Two of the girls then began a class to teach some of us kids. I was about 10 at the time and picked it up rather quickly. Unfortunately they had to stop doing the class. I am now 15, and a freshman in high school. I continue to sign during church and in the fall of 2016 I joined the church worship team to do ASL. In doing that I learned many more signs and used ASL at least twice a week. Just about 2 months ago I discovered StartASL and started the free courses. I just finished ASL 1 and couldn’t be happier. Signing in church is great, but I had almost zero conversational ASL skills. I know know many more signs, understand the grammar a bit more, and am confident that I could hold at least a brief conversation with a deaf person. Thank you so much for creating this course! And I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn ASL. I am home schooled, and count ASL as a language course. The important thing is that each unit only takes about 30 minutes to do!

  4. George Johnston

    My wife and I are currently in the process of getting custody of my son (who is deaf) he was kept from me for so many years and I am now being able to have the chance to build a relationship with him and be the father he truly deserves and needs in his life. I want to be able to communicate with him and learn from him and teach him as he grows I never want him to ever feel like he has been ignored because we can not communicate with each other. It’s sad to say that but that has been the case for him the last 12 years and he deserves way more out of life then he has been given this far. I’m grateful to have found this site and it has already got me started in communicating better with my son. So far other than youtube, this has been the best way for my family and I to learn.

  5. Alex H

    Hello all. This site is great! I have always wanted to learn sign language. I can remember sitting in my room as a kid and learning the alphabet using my encyclopedia Britannica. : ) I have been on this site the past few weeks as a guest and just officially signed up. My own shyness and not knowing how to not be awkward trying to communicate with someone hearing impaired has affected me on numerous occasions. That being said I do recognize I shouldn’t let that stop me but I am here to change it. Personal goal, I don’t expect it to be easy, and I can’t wait to learn!

  6. Sue

    I am enjoying this course and I’m amazed that I’m picking this up so quickly. I do have trouble with the different numbers but I’m working on it. I having trouble understanding the stories yet too. They are signing much too fast for me to get everything but I’ll get there. Thanks for putting this together.

  7. John Scott

    I have tried learning ASL 3 times prior to using the start ASL program over the last 6 years because I have grown up hard of hearing after a recent visit to my audiologist my hearing is getting worse and now desperatly struggle to learn ASL should the worse come upon me this is the best program I have found by far for learning even though i still struggle to understand how to make sentence structure but I am getting there thank you Start ASL.

  8. rusty ferrel

    I just started learning ASL; I thought it made sense in my list of learning languages, since the Deaf communities in the cities I have lived in are large, and to exclude people in my life because we don’t speak the same language makes little sense to me, so here I am. I am using this class as support as I take a college class which is kicking my butt majorly. I just need to figure out how to find the checker…

  9. Alyssa Derricott

    I have been in love with American Sign Language for about 10 years now and I feel very strongly about learning it. I have been exposed to some ASL at former religious services and I started to learn some signs there and absolutely loved it. I have since moved away and long to learn more. Also as an educator I feel like it would be extremely beneficial to learn the language more.

  10. Aquilino Peña Castillo

    I value knowledge a lot, think sign language is a very interesting topic and now I met a friend who is hard of hearing who is teaching me sign. I am here because I want to learn more and more how to sign ( I am having some problems with the ASL structure).

  11. tsheko

    it wasn’t an easy journey though am greatful for having given an opportunity to learn hand speaking for free.i m currently in a position to communicate with the deaf without that much limitation. ASL1 classes made me to get this far and kept me on track for continuity leaning

  12. Angie

    I am so very greatful to have found your class. I can fingerspell and know some other signs. I know just enough to get through a conversation however it is sometimes difficult. I wanted to become more fluent and know more so I’m not “just getting through”. I will become very helpful since we have several deaf clients where I work. So a coworker and I am going to go through this course together so we can really communicate with our clients. Thanks so much!!

  13. Mo Ellison

    I’d like to learn ASL to enhance my skills and prepare me for a career in sign language interpretation. I figured this Start ASL course would be a good starter as I am waiting to officially become a resident in my state (I just moved here) so that I can go to the school near me that offers the degree! So excited for what’s in store!

  14. Ashley Rosborough

    This website is so much help!! One of my best friends is deaf, which is what originally lead me to this site. I’ve started teaching some of my other friends how to sign and they have seemed to be enjoying it! I love how I can work at my own pace and all of the information laid out on this sheet! I’ve signed up for the news letters and love hearing from you guys! Thank you so much for making this and showing so many incredible people that they can have hope, and inspire others to make a change in this world!

  15. Courtney

    Thank you for this resource! I’m bilingual in Spanish/English but my son doesn’t have much interest in Spanish. I’ve always been interested in ASL so we have decided to learn together. He is 10 years old. He is really excited!

  16. :D

    I started learning the alphabet last year and I went to a new school and there were many deaf kids. I always had an interest in ASL, but never actually tried learning, this is the best website yet to learn ASL! 6/5 stars!

  17. Emoni House

    My older sister is deaf, so I already know Sign Language, but there is some stuff I do not know. I am so happy that this unit alone has helped me some!

  18. M. Laura

    Thank you for your work, I love this website. I’m Hungarian and now for me this is the only way to learn ASL. I’m glad to you! 🙂

  19. Shiraa

    This is so awesome! I love the fact that you offer the basics for free, but still have the more advanced options available for those who would like to further their learnings. I’ve been thinking about learning ASL for a while, but was one of those people who never actually did anything about it until now. I hope this website will help me in that endeavour! (it’s already been pretty useful, which is awesome) And I love the fact that you’ve got different people signing, because it enables me to see the subtle difference, and thus get a better understanding of what the general sign is supposed to look like.
    We totally should’ve learned asl in class, or at least as an elective… Thanks to this awesome site I might actually get to learn it at last though!

  20. Angela Brown

    I love these classes. I will be a independent certified instructor for teaching sign language and i thank you guys for the extra lessons and videos! Better than the classrooms!

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