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.




Conversation Practice

If you are learning with a partner, practice this conversation together:

B: Where do you work?
A: I work at Delphi clothing. I am an assistant.
B: Do you like your job?
A: Yes, I work on the computer and answer phones. What do you do?
B: I’m an accountant.
A: Nice.

If you do not have a partner, practice signing with Cristian! In the video below, Cris will be person A. Pause the video when prompted, and reply as person B. This is a great way to learn sign language free!


To form a negative, you can:

  • Sign NOT before the word. (NOT BELIEVE = “disbelieve”).
  • Shake your head while signing the word (BELIEVE + (shake head) = “don’t believe”).
  • For some signs, you can reverse the palm orientation of the sign (WANT + (reverse palm orientation) = “don’t want”).

Reversal of Orientation

Reversal of orientation is one way to form a negative. When you reverse your palm orientation of some signs, you can express the opposite of the meaning of the original sign.

For example, you can change the sign for WANT to DON’T-WANT by signing WANT then reversing your palm orientation and the movement of the sign so your palms are facing downward while using a negative facial expression.

You can use reversal of orientation for the signs WANT, KNOW, and LIKE to mean DON’T-WANT, DON’T-KNOW, or DON’T-LIKE.

In the video below, I will demonstrate reversal of orientation:

Fingerspelling Practice 10.1

Turn to page 13 in your workbook. In the video below, Deborah will sign 10 sentences with one fingerspelled word in them. Write that word on the line. The first one has been done for you.

When you’re finished, check your answers in the back of the workbook. Go back and review the questions you missed. Sign the fingerspelled words for practice. Sign the sentences for even more practice.

Vocabulary Quiz: Units 6-10

If you’ve been skimping out on learning your vocabulary, you better go back and study! I am about to quiz you!

Turn to page 14 in your workbook. In the video below, Mark is going to sign a story. During the story, numbers will pop up on the screen. When a number pops up, that is the number that corresponds to the sign Mark is signing at that moment.

Watch the whole video through the first time. Then, go back and watch it again, getting the signs you missed. You can pause the video to give yourself time to write as well as go back and watch a sign again. Write the sign on the line for that number. The first one has been done for you.

When you’re finished, check your answers in the back of the workbook. Go back and review the questions you missed.

Reading Assignment

In DJSC! A Student’s Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar, read Chapter 6 (American Sign Language Syntax), Section 6.3 (Negation). This reading is a good review of this negation lesson (good for future reference).

Deaf Event

While you learn sign language free, attending Deaf events is very important. You should have been to 2 Deaf events by now. If you have, you should be able to see how much your signing skills will improve if you can keep up the habit of going to these events. I want you to commit to going to another Deaf event within this next week. If you haven’t been to any yet, you are now up to 3 that you need to go to. Visit https://www.startasl.com/deaf-events to find another Deaf event in your area.

If, for some reason, you are unable to find a Deaf event in your area, there is another way! The Start ASL Tutoring Program gives you the ability to meet and interact one-on-one with a Deaf person online. And even if you can find Deaf events in your area, practicing with one of our Deaf tutors is one of the best things you can do. You will get one-on-one attention and the ability to immerse yourself and practice what you’ve learned at the same time. Check out the The Start ASL Tutoring Program today!

End of Unit 10

Great job! Keep going! The next unit discusses identifying people as you learn sign language free.

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