Start ASL Reviews and Testimonials

Over 170 positive testimonials about our classes and products! (And we’re still counting!)

Hi Michelle, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing here. I love the way you teach ASL and am really enjoying learning it. I’m 16 years old, I’m not deaf, but have always had a fascination with sign language and am teaching it to my baby brother. Thanks again!!! – Audrey

Hello there and nice to meet you Miss Michelle! I came across Start ASL today. I am blown away at the amount of work (and heart, btw) you have invested in this site. You have done a magnificent job in sharing your gifts with us out here. Thanks for putting yourself and your gifts out there, I am very grateful! Blessings, Cari

I am VERY grateful to have found your site. Thank you so much for putting it together and making it free. – Claire

I really love this site. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. My newest baby has down syndrome and I’m learning sign so I can help her learn to communicate at an earlier age. Research shows that kids with Downs who learn to sign, advance in their verbal communication skills faster. So thanks for a very accessible tool for communicating with my baby. – Darrin C.

I came across your website today while doing a search on ASL. I immediatley joined your classes. We live in Canada and the cost to learn ASL at the local college is $300+. I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful site, and for educating all of us in the world of the deaf. Sincerely, Brenda L.

Thank you for this site! I am really enjoying learning ASL this way. Interestingly, I have discovered that ASL has been very useful with my son who has high functioning autism. He likes our ‘secret language’, and I am thoroughly enjoying my evening ‘classes’ with you! – Jackie

Thank you so much for your website!!! I’ve tried several times to learn ASL (books, videos, etc) and just gave up each time because I was getting frustrated trying to learn everything quickly. My wife and I have decided to start again (using your website) by learning one phrase at a time until we both know it very well. Your FREE website is perfect for us. Again, thank you. – Eddie

Michelle, I can’t even begin to thank you for creating this site. I’ve been DYING to learn ASL for about five years now, and only knew rough basics. But with your website I can now carry on a conversation with a deaf/hard-of-hearing person, and it’s amazing. You have taught me SO much, and I find myself signing as I talk to those who can hear! I’m definitely going to pursue learning it fluently, thanks to you ๐Ÿ™‚ – Drea

This is a letter of appreciation! I went to google with a desire to start learning some basic sign language, and your site has been all I asked for and more. I would like to humbly thank you for the effort you have put into all of this and for the skill I am learning from it. Peace and God Bless you always! – Matt S.

I kid you not, and I’m not saying this for brownie points…but you have got to be the most understanding instructor I have ever had! How you do this for free I do not know, but I really do appreciate you, your site, and the wealth of information. You and your site are GOD SENT from above with no doubt. Thank you ever so much, Michelle. – Donna

I just wanted to thank you for this very informative and easily accessible website. I’m dating someone who is Deaf and I wanted more than anything to be able to communicate with him more effectively than pen and paper. Now I am learning bit by bit how to. I would recommend this site to anyone seeking to learn ASL. – Rod

I want to thank you for your helpful website. I’ve learned so much from you! Thanks again! – Becky

I am super excited about your program! Thanks for sharing and for all of your hard work!!! – Cheri

Hey there. I just wanted to say this website is awesome. I have no one to practice with, and it’s a lot nicer than just staring at text books and notes. Thanks! – Chel

Hello! This site is awesome. I’m having a great time working through the units. Thank you so much for putting the effort into this! – Jenny

I want to tell you what an amazing job you have done with this site! Truly awesome! Thank you!! Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing! – Kris

Hi Michelle, Being very new to this ASL world, I just wanted to encourage you. Your site is great! As a true beginner, I have really enjoyed the materials and resources so far. Don’t grow weary in well-doing. What you are providing is so awesome! God Bless You. – Cheryl

Just wanted to send a friendly thank you. This site is a great resource to anyone interested in learning ASL who doesn’t have money to shell out for the class. I wish more people would share their knowledge of various languages in such an instructional way online. Thanks again. – Ryan

Hey! My name is Catriana D. and I just wanted to thank you so much for these amazing classes. Thanks to you I have become addicted to sign language and your editing job recently makes the classes even more perfect. God bless! – Catriana D.

I love your website, and the fact that you’re teaching ASL for FREEE!! – Jessica

Hello, my name is Tarah. I just wanted to personally thank you for making this website. It is absolutely wonderful and I am grateful that I stumbled upon it. I have been using it for the past few weeks now and it really works. You did a great job. – Tarah

Hi, I have always had a fascination with sign language for no particular reason other than I am a very visual person. I have always wanted to learn and happening upon your website has been amazing thus far. I love that I can learn at my own speed with videos and a workbook. Thanks for your website. It is very informative – huge help. Keep up the good work. – Jenn

I would just like to thank you for all the amazing information you have on this website! You can totally tell that you put in time and effort, especially research! It has been so helpful with my school project. Thanks. – Alina

I just found you on the internet and I’m thrilled. I’ve been trying to learn sign language on my own and it’s been tough. I’m going to start your course and I want to thank you in advance for providing such a wonderful site…you’re terrific!!!! – Maureen

Let me start off by saying thank you for creating such a fantastic website. I’ve always wanted to learn sign language and now thanks to your videos I can do so. – Courtney

I would just like to thank you so much for making this website. I go to university in a small city and there are no ASL classes anywhere. I am happily surprised that someone took the time to put such a great resource on the internet for free. You must have spent many many hours on this! Thank you so much! – Carolyn

Just wanted to say I love your site. I’ve always wanted to learn ASL since I was a teen–many years ago. I am finally taking ASL 1 and soon ASL 2 at the college. But your site is great for reviewing! – Tracy

I just wanted to say thank you for this program. I have always been interested in ASL, but it was never offered at any of the schools I went to. I’m really glad I found your program. I just finished Unit 5, and I think I’m picking it up really fast. Thank you so much for making this program available. – Nicole

I am a high school ASL teacher in Ohio and just discovered your site….this is absolutely awesome!! It is so comprehensive and organized …I am using it for supplemental assignments in my classes. Thank you thank you! – Nancy

Hi! I’m a Deaf and Hard of hearing specialist that works in Ceres, CA and I just found your website on Sunday night. I must say, you have put a ton of hours and heart into this site! I appreciate all the time you have invested into your site. It will be a true asset to anyone who finds you. Well Done! – Julie A. Ceres, CA

I just wanted to thank you! I have been interested in learning sign language for many years. I am enjoying myself and I am only halfway through ASL 1. I just wanted to let you know that someone out there is getting a lot out of your website. Once again, thank you!! – Victoria

This is a great site, thank you very much. I have a serious girlfriend, and she has said how she wanted to teach her child sign language as a baby. Your site has really helped us get a head start on the process. Thank you. – Jerrad

Thank you sooooooo much for creating this learning site. I’ve been wishing for something like this for a long time. I love ASL and want to become an interpreter someday but it’s not possible for me to attend formal classes at this time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This is wonderful. – Krista

Michelle, Wow, I was looking for quotes from famous Deaf people and found your site. I am a teacher of ASL in a high school in PA. I can’t wait to share this site with my students who may need extra help. Thank you. – Jill

Wow! I always wanted to learn ASL, but my high school dosen’t offer it. I have done unit 1 and I think it is amazing, and I’m picking it up fast! I think everyone should learn ASL, because it really is an amazing language and communicating source. Thank You!!! – Hali

I am an interpreting student in IL. I am about to start my second year and am so excited. I have been using your site for extra practice when I can fit it into my busy schedule. I love this site so much that I am doing a presentation to my class about it next week. I’m excited because none of my classmates have even heard of it. Thanks for the Awesome site. You are a great encouragement. – Amy

I think your website is awesome. I admire you for the willingness to help others learn. I have tried to learn where I live, but there is only one college that teaches it, and I really can’t afford to attend. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not too old to learn however. Thank you for your work. – Sherry H.

I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you providing this free resource for those of us trying to learn ASL. I especially enjoy your monthly newsletters. I always look forward to it when I see it appear in my inbox. Keep up the great work – I wish there was some way I could help! – Cherilyn

Hello! Thank you for putting up such a wonderful site. I have been looking for something like this for such a long time, and I am thrilled at how fast I am learning. Thanks for your time and effort. – Jill

This site is awesome!! I’m a child care teacher, and I have two students in my class whose parents use sign at home. One of them has to sign with both of her parents – they’re both deaf. This site has really helped me to communicate with them (in addition to the signs they’ve taught me). Thank you so much!! – Veronica

This is a really great site. I am learning to teach my non-speeking daughter and can’t afford the materials. Thank you for doing this site. – Raenee

Hi. I just wanted to say that I think this website is GREAT! I took an ASL 1 class in school and I was just like you, I fell in love! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I was looking online for where I can continue my learning and when I found this website, I was very happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Fantastic job! – Ebony

Hello, My Name is Shirley and I just wanted to say thank you for teaching ASL. I just went deaf over the last year and I have been learning sign language. Keep up the wonderful work and God will bless you. Thank you. – Shirley

This site is EXCELLENT! THANK YOU. I’m a child care provider working 72 hour weeks. How cool is this–it’s free and the best part I dont have to sit with my parents for numerous hours explaining how to sign simple signs. I can refer them to this site. Thank you for giving me a few extra minutes in my hectic life. – Kathy

This website is so awesome! I love coming here everyday after school. Keep up the great work you have been doing. Thank you for inspiring me to learn more and more about sign language. You are truly a genius. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Meridian

I just wanted to tell you that I think your site is great! I’ve been wanting to learn sign language for years and was never able to find decent instruction. I am looking forward to completing the lessons you’ve made. Thanks so much! – Meghan

Hi Michelle, I just wanted to express my appreciation to you for offering a free online ASL course. A couple of weeks ago I discovered your site and have now worked through unit 6. I think you are putting together an excellent course and I love what you’ve done so far with the workbook, drills and quizzes. Your videos are good quality and your site easy to navigate – great job! Thanks Again, Tim

Hi Michelle! I just found your website and I’m very excited about the possibility of learning sign language online FOR FREE! Your approach seems professional, intelligent, and genuine. That fact comes across very well on your website. I just wanted to say Thank You for putting up the site, and I look forward to getting started. Sincerely, David

Hi Michelle. I am a hearing educator. I have always been interested in ASL. I lost a lot of my hearing in the 4th grade from daily swimming. I think your site is very comprehensive and innovative. Thank you. – Michael

Oh, my, what an ambitious website and completely accurate! A true labor of love and honest, too, in its admission of entrepreneurship; although I don’t understand where you are earning money by providing such a free treasure of information. May you have the best and keep on growing! – Diane G.

You are amazing! I took ASL 101 my first semester in college then as the second semester began they told me 102 was canceled. I have narrowed my career options to either interpreting or being an elementary school guidence counselor. I want to take more classes in sign to see if it is really for me while I am taking classes for counseling. This site is amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Amie

I have been using and following this site since it was brand new and have LOVED it. As this site has grown it did not all of a sudden become, ‘ok here is the free stuff but if you want the good stuff you have to pay’ like so many sites do, and the site grew into a community feeling and not a corporation. Thank you, Sarah M.

I have been using your site and it has been really amazing. It is the most comprehensive tool out there and I have learned so much about the actual language as opposed to just simple phrases that I can copy. With your site and all the work you guys have put into it, I can actually formulate my own sentences instead of just copying phrases. Thank you so much! – Mallary

Your website is AMAZING!! I love how it is organized by units it is so easy to follow. Thank you! – Heather K.

Thank you for your site and books! You have the resources all in one place. I’m teaching ASL to beginners and was trying to find a good book/site to direct them too. Your site is exactly what they need. I will direct them here and suggest they buy your books as I have. Keep up the great work! – Alex

I LOVE this site! It’s the best one I’ve found!! I started learning sign at our church and I love it!!! I am going to further my education so I can become an interpreter. I love learning sign and I LOVE this site! I will definitely tell everyone about it!! Thank you!! – Mandy C.

I am deaf but I wasn’t born deaf. I started losing my hearing in middle school and I am now 24. When I saw this site I felt a lot of joy because the big reason I didn’t try to learn ASL was because classes were too expensive. My friends are happy that I’m finally taking action and so am I. – Sean

Finally an online class that teaches you that learning ASL means more than knowing how to bend your fingers. We all learn in ways that are right for us…this class truly allows us to learn at our own pace…and our instructor won’t get upset or tired of us asking…’Can you repeat that, please?’ – Janeel H.

I’m enjoying the lessons very much! I have been wanting to learn sign language, to be able to speak to the deaf community and to teach my children! I scour the library for books but I find videos and practice work best! – Donna H.

Hello, My name is Rebekah. I have been wanting to learn ASL since I was in the 4th grade. I never really knew where to go to learn more. I just want to say thank you so much for this opportunity. My sister and I have been learning this together for the past week. Thank you again. – Rebekah and Amber

I don’t know what to say except thank you for all the hard work that you all put into this website. I have three children who all are hearing impaired. I cannot afford the college programs to learn ASL and we live so far away. Without this website I do not know what I would do. Again, thank you so much and may God Bless each and every one of you. – Anonymous

I’m 13 years old and have been deaf since age 3. Yes, I have learned much sign language before this, but your site is by far the best, easiest, and most fun and involved way so far. Your site means so much to me and I dont know what I’d do without it. – Anonymous

This website is great. I can’t believe this service is free as I am finding it invaluable. Just stumbling upon this resource has inspired me to complete the entire course, learn ASL and start volunteering in some way to help the deaf community. It is a beautiful language. It just feels so natural when signing. Thank you so much for this awesome site! – Davis

This is really great. I am currently taking a class called Communicating with the Deaf at a tech school, but outside of class I have no one to practice with. This course is great practice for me. I love it!!!!!! – Wendy

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. Thank you for providing the site, it’s been a huge help. – Justin

I fell in love with sign language ever since I’ve been watching helpful baby signing videos with my son. He is 5 months and he now knows when I sign ‘milk’. He kicks his little legs and he screams to show me that he wants milk. From that point on, I knew I wanted to pursue sign language and use it as part of my life. Thank you so much for having this website available. – Jennifer T.

I am a Deaf Educator. I was so thrilled to see this available online. I can study at my own pace and at any time of day. Though I already had a good sign vocabulary, I love watching the ASL conversations as forming ASL sentences is my weak area. I am learning so much. This is so beneficial for me. Thank you. – Lyndee

I had always been a language-crazy person. I just want to know all the languages. Yes, even sign language. I am very fortunate to be able to find this site that not only enables me to learn signing but also provides the history of deaf, exercises, and example clips. I really want to thank you for creating this site to provide people like me an opportunity to learn ASL. – Anonymous

I am really enjoying this online course. I met a girl, years ago, who was 15, and no one knew how to communicate with her. I got an ASL book and started learning signs. She moved and I stopped signing and lost nearly all my memory of signs. It’s great to get back into it. It is so helpful to be able to stop and start the videos. I am really benefiting from the course! – Kav

This is awesome!! I am a mother to a deaf child and have taken formal sign language classes and with 5 family members it gets expensive. Your site allows us to do the curriculum at our pace, on our schedule, and not having to worry about the cost. I am going to send it to all the people involved with my daughter or in similar situations. Thank you! – Angie

I am working on my bachelor’s degree in Nursing and feel it could be necessary one day for me to be able to speak to ALL types of people, this includes the deaf and hard of hearing. My university does not offer an ASL class, so this was one of my only choices. I enjoy the learn at your own pace setting and being able to work when I’m able to without pressure to learn. Thanks Start ASL! – Camille

I love these lessons! So easy and practical. I’ve worked through lessons 1-2 in an hour and have learned so much already. I’m excited to meet my Deaf friend next week for lunch. I can already sign so many words and questions. Thank you so much! I’m working on making synagogue services accessible to Deaf people and this helps immensely. – Wendy G.

This is excellent for me. I wanted to use ASL for a long time. I am so happy that I have the opportunity of getting this free class. Words are not enough to express the joy I am feeling for this great opportunity. Thanks a million. – Janice

I found the courses to be excellent. It really helped me recall many of the signs I knew long ago and, now, I’m prepared to go even further. Thank you so much for putting together this site and making it available for free. – Anonymous

I am enjoying this class very much. I appreciate the way it is structured. I don’t have a favorite part I like every section. I am progressing little by little. I learn a little more with each lesson. Thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity to learn. I am late-deaf I need to learn how to communicate in ASL. – Mary S.

I love it! It’s teaching me ALL about ASL! And it’s a lot of fun at the same time! Thank you for a great experience! – Karlyn

Love this site! Very descriptive with lots of complete sentences and explanations on why you use a certain sign or how to use hand shapes. I work with Deaf and love it. But ASL is very challenging. Beautiful language. Thanks for offering this. – Anonymous

This class is great! I actually started this course because I am taking it right now at my college and we meet only once per week. There is a test every week and only a book to study from, so it’s difficult. I wanted to get some visual practice between classes. I am going to recommend this site to my college ASL classmates. So they can use it to supplement our course as well. Thanks! – Anonymous

Thanks so much for this free course. I’m a single parent and I really wanted to take a class at the college but hated to leave my daughter alone. Thanks so much for taking out your valuable time to post this online for all that have a great passion for learning. – Anonymous

I think this set-up is awesome. It is very easy to catch on with the way it’s presented. I love the quizzes and challenges at the end of each session! – Eddy

These classes really have me excited! I have never been so passionate, so in love with a course as I am this one. I love the class, I love the instructor, and I am having a fantastic time learning ASL, and the culture, history, and grammar that goes with it! – Donna

This website has been amazing with helping me improve my ASL skills. I was able to sign sentences but I would have trouble learning ASL structure. Start ASL made sentence structure easy to understand and also helped me strengthen my ASL vocabulary as well. I would recommend this to everyone with a passion for American Sign Language. I enjoyed following along with the videos and I hope you do too! – Alyssa

I am 12 years old and I am the only one in my family who is learning sign language. It is so hard to find such good material like this for free. It must of taken so much time to learn it, and to make a website full of many different units, it must of taken so long! Thank you. – Christina

We have a 3 year old daughter/sister who suffers from autism spectrum disorder and apraxia. We decided to learn sign language to try to communicate with her. This website has helped us learn ASL. We have 5 people learning this language and we can practice with each other at our own pace. It has been a nice experience to learn a language while spending time with my family in the comfort of our own home. – Jennifer

Thank you for putting this website up. I learned the ASL alphabet by teaching myself when I was 11 in the Encyclopedia, then when it became recognized as a language, I was able to take classes. Unfortunately, I had a pedestrian accident, I got hit by a truck, and had a head injury, and forgot all that I had learned for several years. I look forward to learning again. – Michele

I’m so grateful that you’ve put this together and I look forward to more and more lessons. I love ASL and studied at University, but now I need a lot of refreshing and I haven’t seen any other organized system like this! Thank you, thank you, thank you. – Anonymous

I am practicing the second lesson of your videos. It is the easiest to understand, easy to follow and made in a way that makes you keep interest. God bless you. Thanks so much for your hard work. – Jorge N.

I love this class! I get to do an hour a day for my schoolwork! Thank you so much for creating a terrific website that’s FREE to use and you actually learn stuff! I love the site! I enjoy my hour a day and I wish I could do more! One day I’ll be talking to deaf people everywhere! And me and my friends will have a secret language! Thanks! – Addie B.

Hi Michelle. My name is Erica I am 20yrs old and I live in NYC the Bronx. I can not express how HAPPY I was to find your website! I have really and truly been enjoying your online courses and appreciate all the work you have done to put this site together. So far I am up to Unit 7 and loving every bit of it (especially at my own pace). I just wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU AND THANK YOU ! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Erica

If someone is diligent they can learn just as much from this website as in the college classes, which would cost thousands of dollars! Now I have the resources to actually get fluent and I’m so excited!! Great website, great class, thanks Michelle and all of you for your hard work!! You guys are amazing! I love you all!! – Anonymous

I love these classes!! I have wanted to learn ASL for a while now and now I’m finally doing it!! I just love how easy the classes and getting everything is! – Mary R.

I’ve wanted to learn ASL for so long but I never knew where to start. This is so perfect for me. I can do this so that it fits my schedule without spending the large amount of money that classes cost. It’s perfect and I’ve learned so much already! It is a fantastic program! Thank you! – Anonymous

I’m just commenting to thank you for the site. I’ve recently started working with a deaf child, and I want to be able to speak his native language. I’m proud to say that I was able to introduce myself at our first meeting, thanks to this site. He was overjoyed to know that I was learning for him and it’s helping us both feel a little less isolated. Thank you! – Anonymous

My name is Jake, I am 14 years old and got inspired to learn ASL from an interpreter at my school. I just want to let you know that I purchased your books and appreciate how much work went into all 3 of them. I look forward to continuing my ASL learning with your START ASL series and website. THANK YOU! – Jake

Hi I love this website! I’m 13 years old and I’m learning sign language because I think it’s very cool. When I learn to speak fluently I want to teach some of my friends, and I’m going to recommend this site to them. – Sofia, Florida

This website is really amazing for anyone who wants to learn sign language! It’s amazing how fun it is and how quickly I’m learning in such a short time. It’s so great that it’s free because it’s fun, convenient, and it’s just a fast way to learn a new language. – Jackie T., MN

I enjoyed every minute of the course. It was so clear and so easy to understand I swear I could never forget anything I learned because it was fun and fun experiences always stay in our minds… and to think all of this is offered for FREE!! I love this website and the people who made it, thank you so much ^^ – Kristen

I find this program extremely convenient, as I can incorporate it into my daily school routine. I also volunteer at a history museum, so it is very nice to be able to communicate with deaf guests, and I know that they appreciate a hearing youth who takes the time to learn their language and culture. All in all, this is a great program that I would recommend to all of my friends! – Maggie

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. – Jade, IN

This is a great way to refresh my skills before going on to my next semester at the college! Thank you! – Darlene

I love this site! I’ve tried to learn ASL before and I quickly lost interest. But with this site the courses test me to make sure I’m learning! – Anna

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 alot 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. – Janell, CA

Amazing- You have NO idea!!!! I took a year of ASL and couldn’t find anything to help me study outside of class. It was really frustrating. This course is not only a great review, but the perfect compliment to information I learned in the classroom! Thank you… thank you! – Hannah, NC

I am an ASL/Interpreter student at a Texas community college and I have to say that your new books in the series DJSC are amazing! I actually told the staff there that these books are better than the ASL 4 textbooks we used last semester! – Bree L.

I love your web site, I feel like I am learning so much in just a short period of time. – Anonymous

I work in a retail store in an area with a sizable deaf community… After a quick search I found this site, and spent the weekend doing Unit 1 (yes, all in one weekend)… In just under three weeks I have had about 12 full interactions in ASL. I have recommended this site to everyone who has asked me where I learned, and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for this. – Jeremy

Hi Start ASL I’m 13 years old and my friend and I are very talkative in class and therefore we get in trouble often. So I suggested we make up hand signals or learn ASL. SO we searched up ASL and found your amazing site!! Very fun and helping a lot, neither of us has received a lunch detention since we started! Thanks Start ASL!! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Madi and Katy, Virginia

This site is the best I have ever seen and I am a doctor. – Scott (Wyoming)

I have learned a lot in this class, and I am very thankful that this site is available to students such as myself. Thank you for making this site! – Carissa

I have started the free ASL course and so far I love it. It allows me to go at my own pace and I can constantly review the information I have gone over. Thank you so much for this website. – Erecha

Thank you! I feel like the free self study course was full of useful information and very professionally done! The actors were great! It shows me how much I have to learn! Thank you so much for offering this. I found it challenging and rewarding, and I believe as I grow, I will come back to this site, and re-watch the videos for more practice. – Dianna, OH

I loved ASL 1 and can’t wait to move on the the second class. I am learning so much and am so thankful for all the work these people have put into making the videos, etc. I have recommended a few of my friends to this website. – Audrey (Apple Creek, OH)

I just started this course and love it! I’m 14 and I think this is a very helpful tool in today’s society. Thank you Start ASL for giving me education I can use every day!!!! – Rosie (CT)

I really appreciate this website. My niece was born hard of hearing and will probably lose all of her hearing during her lifetime. I want to learn ASL, but do not have the money for college classes. Thank you so much for making my goals possible! – Stephani (San Ramon, CA)

I really really love this stuff! ASL is so awesome! This course is the best. I have been to a few other online ASL courses free and paid for. This is by far the best one I have come across. I tell every one I come across who is interested in learning ASL about this site. It rocks! – Mieko (New Albany)

[The] Start ASL course is a great supplement to [my] community class. The combination of video, text, and the workbook is helpful, and it reinforces what I’m learning and teaches me new things. I love that I can set my own pace, and create a hybrid of class work and online work… So thank you, Michelle, for creating this site and offering free lessons! – A.J. (Wisconsin)

Thank you Michelle for sharing your knowledge with us, I truly appreciate it. I live 75 miles from the nearest school that offers ASL courses and that is not feasible at this time. I will tell everyone who is interested in learning ASL about this site, I have already learned so much. Thank you again you are doing an awesome job teaching us! – Lisa Groves

Wow where do I start? This site has helped me so much I may not be the best but I am getting there! Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to learn sign language and be an interpreter and this site is helping me do just that. Thank you for your help I don’t know what I would do if I never saw this site. Thank You and God bless!!! – Tiffany

I’m really, really grateful I found this site, especially the free courses because I’m on disability and can’t afford to pay for something else. The video presentations in this coursework and the attention to ‘real-life’ application of skills is as close to practicing with a ‘native-speaker’ as I can get. You – all of you – are a blessing. – Molly (Missouri)

I really appreciate this class. I like that I can play the videos over as many times as I want. And this class is FREE! – Mike (Modesto, CA)

I have started a new club at school so we can all learn… The way this website is set up makes learning so easy. I love it! – Makala (Austin, TX)

I’m 15 and I was very interested in learning sign when I was at a picnic last summer… So I started looking for things, and I found this site! It’s been so great in my learning, I can’t wait until I’m fluent and I can have REAL conversations with deaf people!! Thank you so much for this site!! – Morgan

I’m enjoying this class. Very interesting. I’m motivating my husband to start too!!! – Marel (Puerto Rico)

My name is Julia and I just started learning sign language for something to do and found it soooooo interesting! This site is fantastic and is really helping me get along with it, and is much better than other sites. It’s not that hard, so just give it a go and you might find that you just like it. – Julia (Australia)

I have a deaf classmate in my class, and thanks to these classes, I am able to communicate with him and it feels really great to learn a totally different language! – Ricardo Ortiz (Washington)

I don’t have very many options here so I had been using books and flash cards for awhile, but when I found you online course I was really happy. Thank you so much for your hard work in making this course available. I hope that your classes continue to be able a blessing to other people as they have been to me. – Becca (South America)

I started out knowing absolutely nothing about ASL or the deaf community. I simply didn’t expect to lose my hearing. This class has helped me more than I can say. I’m still shocked that this class is free. I thought that absolutely nothing is free anymore. I’m very thankful to Michelle and all of her assistants for giving of their time and energy to provide this class. – Mike (Modesto, CA)

I need to take an ASL class for college but the class was moving faster than my understanding of ASL was developing, so I had to drop the class. Your class has filled in a lot of the missing gaps and I am really starting to understand ASL. Thank you for putting this together so well! – Staci

I have thoroughly enjoyed this site. I started with the free classes and then switched to the membership classes. 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 (Phoenix, AZ)

I lost my hearing about two years ago. I certainly didn’t expect that to happen. It’s somewhat like falling over a cliff. I started looking on the internet for help. I’ve learned a world of knowledge from this site. The lessons are systematically teaching me ASL. It’s probably safe to say that you are never again going to acquire any kind of education for free! – Mike (California)

This site is amazing!!! I tried looking everywhere for ways to learn sign language. This site has helped me so much and it’s all in one place, seeing the signs is so much easier than actually trying to get it off of pictures. I am learning ASL for fun and this is so much better than going all over the internet. Thanks again, you did a great job. – Jenn

I am really enjoying your program and it is feeling good to get back to my roots. I am a 50 year old lady that has been hard of hearing since birth, but has been trained to survive in the hearing world. I was made to quit signing when entering the 4th grade level, so I thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to try to learn ASL and the proper forms. – Mariah (WA)

I think the structure of this class and the emphasis on ASL (vs. Signed English) is terrific. It’s important in learning sign language to actually use it! The workbook/self-graded tests are helpful to reinforce what I’ve already learned and to see where I need more work. I work full-time, have a face-to-face sign language class I attend once a week, plus other activities, so this is a perfect class for me that I can do at my own pace. Thanks for making this available! – Yael (Atlanta)

I have loved it so far. Lessons are easy to follow yet challenging and the videos are clear. Also, I can look at the lessons using my smart phone! Woo hoo! – Anonymous

Michelle – your website is so impressive! I am an RID certified freelance interpreter seeking resources to help improve and expand signing skills in our communities. A signer in Florida sent your information and raved about how it has helped her in her area. You are to be commended. I am sharing your information with our ITP and other interpreter organizations. I pray for your continued success. – Gina H.

Over a year ago, I took some ASL classes at a local college. While I tried to maintain their pace, I felt as if I was rushed along. I made the decision to quit once I reached ASL 4 because I felt like I wasn’t grasping it effectively. The instructor was Deaf and I could only understand bits and pieces of the class. I felt defeated in learning the language but my desire still remained. I am grateful for this site and will use it faithfully at my own pace. Besides, being part of the Deaf Ministry at my church and performing songs at deaf locations, this site will help me in becoming a more effective communicator. Thank you. – Delphine Mays (Columbus, Ohio)

I have been learning more in just about one week using this course than in about 2 years with books. It is much easier and much more fun. – Joseph Christina (Florida)

To anybody out there that is going to start ASL, this is an awesome way to start. The best thing about it is that you can go back to refresh your memory. Don’t worry about any strange looks you my get from your kids or wife or husband, keep going, you can do it. – Joe (Ft. Lauderdale)

This was an amazing program to learn from! It was informative, easy to follow, and most of all FUN! I would highly highly recommend anyone and everyone to this site/program! I finished all the free classes and now want to continue my education with the paid site! Great learning! Thank youuu!!! My favorite part was signing back to the interpreters. I can’t wait to extend my vocabulary and get out there and learn more! Thank you again! – Emily Saulsbury (Lakeland, Fl)

I am currently a student studying ASL. This online resource is much better than the classes I am currently paying for. This will definitely be a valuable resource that I will tell my classmates about. So far, I love it!!! – Dana (Saint Louis, MO)

I am a retired professional and am going deaf very rapidly. I took two classes with a Deaf Action Center in another town. Then we moved and there is no DAC here. Then I found Start ASL and find the instruction and action of the signers excellent. The key for me is repeat, repeat, repeat. Then go stand in front of a mirror and practice. Thank you all! – Richard (Metairie, LA)

This is beautiful & free, thank you so much! Very interesting and I learned alot. – Cassandra Bellamy (Capitol Heights, MD)

I took all 3 classes and was amazed at the attention to detail Michelle took to design this course. Michelle’s 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, Michelle Jay! – Jeff Gordon (San Jose, CA)

I’m 16 and can’t believe how quickly I’ve been able to pick this up! Unit 1 was very easy and enjoyable. This is a great resource for the low price of FREE! – Rebecca (Idaho, USA)

We would like to thank you so much for offering this course. I have a deaf son who is extremely successful in both the hearing and deaf community. After graduating from college, he worked in jobs from the East Coast to the West Coast and back and did it completely on his own. We are very proud of him. He attended both schools for the deaf and was mainstreamed. We knew that signing was his preference but he also is a wonderful lip reader and his speech is pretty good. As a result, we did little to no signing with him at home. I took the signing classes at least four times but my heart was never in it. I know a lot of vocabulary words but have a hard time reading it. Your site has given me the opportunity to read it and to explore deaf culture. It has been extremely helpful and has helped me see things in a different light. Guess it’s never too late to mend some fences. Thank you again. – Anonymous

These classes have definitely been an experience for me. Before I started to take these classes, I hardly knew any sign language. Then my friend started signing all of these new signs, and I was like, Where did you learn all of these signs. She said that she found a website with different chapters, and books. Each chapter has phrases and vocabulary each with its own video on how to do it. Overall, I absolutely love these classes and will continue to take them until I am done with all of the chapters/units in each book. – Misty

Thank you for sharing your reasons for the speed in signing in your videos. I agree with you 100%! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to watch ASL at the speed of fluent signers. I believe this helps in the ability to learn the language in a natural way. Not needing to focus on every single sign, but the context and meaning of the overall content. My teachers have all been wonderful and I am fortunate to have been taught by Deaf teachers who are passionate about Deaf Culture. But I have been taught by signing slowly at first, picking out each individual word, and slowly increasing speed as we go. For me, it has taught me bad habits that are hard to break! I think, had I learned the speed from the beginning, with the cadence and flow of the language, advanced signing concepts would have come far easier and more naturally. In the end, I just wanted to thank you for sticking to your principles. I agree with those principles completely! It really seems like the best method to use for long-term success! Again, thank you for all that your classes do in teaching this beautiful language. Especially for those of us who may not have the opportunity to communicate in the Deaf community as often as we would like. It has helped me a great deal. – Stacey T.

I’m hearing and I’ve always wanted to learn sign language to have a job as an interpreter! Now I can! I’m only on unit 2, but having so much fun learning. My friends at school are so jealous of my skill and want me to teach them! If you’re frustrated just go slow and don’t quit! You’ll be signing in no time! – Jordan (Ohio)

I take a paid online course and use this to supplement that course. If it weren’t for this course I probably wouldn’t have advanced so quickly in my other course. The organization of this course is great. I am now in level 2.5 in my other class and looking forward to starting level two here. Thank you, Michelle, for such an enjoyable way to learn a beautiful language. – Karen Arnold (Indiana)

Michelle you are an AMAZING person. Thank you so much for everything you do.
I started going to a sign language class being offered by our local church & discovered that I was the only one who was fluent in sign (even the teachers fluency is questionable). If it were not for you doing what you do best, I would seriously be going crazy right about now. I have always wanted to teach sign language and now thanks to you, I may get the chance. Your confidence in your students has given me confidence that becoming dependent on sign language is not the end of the world. My 15 yr old is now well on her way to being fluent & even encouraged me to translate a preschool song I had done years ago into sign language that we taught to the church class. – Robbin Buchtel

I took ASL 1 and 2 30 years ago in Community College. I had always hoped to continue but never found the time. My skills were rusty at best and I was ready to give up when I found StartASL. Wow! First I signed up for the email newsletter. Then I purchased the classes by month and the e-books, and now I’m ready to consider the tutoring services. I love this site! Thanks and keep up the good work! – Julieo (CA)

I am mute. I hear, but I can’t speak. My whole life, I have gotten by on writing every word I’ve ever had to say. I won’t get in to details, but my situation growing up left me learning just to understand spoken word, and write back. Nobody has patience to read what I jot, and it’s limiting to write it all. So, I rarely said anything to anybody. Now… I’m learning ASL from as I couldn’t afford to go take a course somewhere. My life is very different. There are people I can just communicate with, just talk to. No need to rummage around for some paper or a gadget. I have friends who actually include me in group conversations. Something as simple as “How are you?” doesn’t require I find a pen! – Anonymous Mute (USA)

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 have 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! – Kimmie (FL)

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! – Brenda (Atlanta, GA)

Thank you for starting this program! My grandmother was an interpreter and my mother and aunt and uncle all use ASL to communicate among themselves… I’m sad to say I was never taught very much and am trying to learn as much as possible on my own. Thanks to EVERYONE who has given their time and effort to making this program possible! – Gabrielle

I am learning ASL for the first time. This program is an excellent jump-off point to begin your studies. It is easy to comprehend and very mobile. Most importantly, as a full time police officer it is difficult to make it to classes so I really appreciate being able to study at my own pace. – Takia Washington (Chicago, IL)

I’m glad that this site is available to people who cannot afford classes. I was born deaf, but due to the school rules in the small town where I was born, signing was illegal. I always felt so shy because I was forced to learn how to talk despite not being confident. Now I can relearn ASL and become confident in everything I do. Thank you so much for making this site for people. – Anonymous

Man, am I ever enjoying this online class! I cannot currently afford to enroll in a college or community ASL course right now, but this wonderful internet class enables me to do something right now & not have to wait until such time as I CAN afford the real world thing. A huge “thank you” to everyone here at I specifically appreciate the slower motion of the alphabet & numbers, though it gets a bit tougher for me with the actual video conversations. Which, of course, mimic real life, so I NEED to be able to catch on time full speed ASL between people. I also like the way I can take this course at my own comfortable rate–some days I have more time to devote to it than others, but I can always learn at my own pace. I’ve long wanted to be able to sign as a service to our church’s deaf members, but never moved beyond that “want to” stage til now. Thanks so much for making this a real possibility for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Sandra Loftis (Tyler, TX)

I have been trying to learn sign language for several years and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. I think I needed some motivation and someone to help me stay on track. I have always loved your website and how it is set up. I have seen other ASL sites, and there typically is no one to help when you need it, plus it just doesn’t run smoothly like yours. Your site offers so many classes, help with classes, and the work that needs done with those classes, as well as so many books that you offer at great prices! One of the top qualities attributed to your site is that everyone is so friendly! The customer service is fantastic! I have recommended your site to several people I know and they are impressed just like I am. – Colleen

My experience has enhanced my relationship with my daughter. We have conversations online now with Skype. My start was a little rocky, but as time progressed and the few times I signed with my daughter, I started to feel more at ease. I am still a little hesitant, but the slow process from an old man’s point of view is slow but consistent. Trying to read the signs seems to be the most fun for me. Watching the conversations online are my favorite part of class. I still struggle sometimes, but I am learning what I set out to do with the motivation of sharing this with my little girl. Thank you M. for the opportunity. – Frank Cassianna (Myrtle Point, OR)

I have enjoyed and learned so much from this amazing website!!! Thanks and keep up the great job. – Lynne (Midwest City, OK)

I’ve completed all 3 levels of free courses offered at Since beginning, I’ve been able to converse with a Deaf friend for more than an hour, understand some of the simpler videos on YouTube, and understand more than half of the ASL translations of “Welcome to Night Vale.” This course was beneficial because it offers concepts like classifiers as batches, rather than one at a time; I learn better that way. I am an Autistic adult, partially mute, and getting more mute with age. My spouse is hard of hearing, so ASL is quickly becoming our primary means of communicating. This resource has been a blessing in a difficult economy. – Mute Aspie (Canada)

I am a homeschooling mom… I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning to sign. Although I mentioned we had some challenges we have also had much success. My daughter loves that we can have private conversations without other family members understanding. I am pleased to tell you that this course gave me the knowledge to sign a song at our church Christmas Eve Service. – Kris (Lake Mills, IA, USA)

Learning ASL has not been as hard as I expected. There are some signs that are hard for me to remember, but I’m sure that’s normal, especially for beginners like me. My favorite part of this course is probably just learning the signs themselves. It’s cool to be able to speak in a different language. Well, I guess not “speak”, but technically sign a different language. I am learning even more than I had expected! I expected it to be more like signed English, but ASL is so different, but in a good way. I’ve learned a lot about deaf culture. Also about how to act around a deaf person. – Karrina (Iowa)

Hi Michelle, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing here. I love the way you teach ASL and am really enjoying learning it. I’m not deaf, but have always had a fascination with friends. Thanks again!!! – Rekha Balan (India)

Thank you very much Michelle Jay for putting up this free ASL site. It has been a lot of help to me. This will be my third year doing ASL, but my first year on this site, and I have enjoyed every bit of it! Thanks again! – Kalista (Canada)

I cannot began to thank Michelle for the wonderful lessons she offers. I would not be where I am today with ASL without her excellent online site. Thanks, Michelle. – Jerry

Dear Michelle Jay and the Start ASL team, Your online videos and downloads are a great tool to learn real ASL. Many classes that attempt to teach ASL do not explain syntax and sentence structure correctly. They do not demonstrate REAL people signing. You do ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you, it is about time that someone who knows the deaf community shared their knowledge. God Bless you all. – HD

I really enjoyed learning sign for free online. Michelle and the rest of the team really did a great job putting this together. The videos were especially helpful to me. This made a big difference in my ability to communicate. Thanks to all who contributed to this project and please keep up the good work! – Kevin (Logan)

This is a great unit. It was great review and practice for having finished a first year ASL class. Looking forward to the next units and my local class in the fall. The lessons are very clear and thorough. Thank you for making this possible. – Elise (Big Bear City, CA)

I wanted to start learning ASL because one my son was born hearing impaired and my husband is slowly losing more and more of his hearing each year. I have also wanted to learn most of my life and never had the resources. This web site is totally awesome and very helpful. I have learned so much and knowing that most of the teachers learned from CSUN, California made me very happy since they are one of the best schools for ASL. – Marcie (Lancaster, CA)

I’m 14 years old and I’m really enjoying your course. It’s so simple and easy, just a unit a day and a couple of practice sessions. A while ago I had checked out a book on learning ASL at my library to get me started. When I had to take it back I wanted to find something online that would help me to learn more, and your site is just what I was looking for. I definitely like the practice video where I can talk to someone, and Chris does a great job! Thank you for giving people interested in learning this beautiful language a fun and easy way to do it ๐Ÿ™‚ – Olivia

I would like to thank you for this wealth of knowledge and the whole experience I have received so far from this course. It is truly awesome! – Lori Holden (WV)

I can’t believe what an incredible and awesome website this is!!! I found it just when I needed something online rather than at the college because of my work schedule and children at home. I love all of it, everything, all materials couldn’t be any more user friendly!!! I especially love the dictionary and live online showing of words. Thank you ever so much Michelle! – Jean Ann Lambert (SC)

When my son was 8 months old I noticed that something was wrong. I tried to convince 5 different doctors that he couldn’t hear me. Finally in June of this year (he is 2 1/2 now) I convinced one of the doctors to do the testing. I was right! He is profoundly deaf on one side and has moderate loss on the left. No one can explain why this happened to him and he could lose more hearing so I took action and started looking for anything, especially a free resource, that could help teach us ASL. I was thrilled to find this set of courses and it has been so wonderful. Convenient and easy to follow. I am grateful for these courses and I appreciate that they are available to us. As we continue our journey with ASL I hope to sign up for the actual classes and maybe even get a mentor. Thank you for providing this online for people like me who are basically overwhelmed at the idea that we all have to step up and learn a new language quickly to help my baby boy. – Lila (Espanola, NM)

This site is amazing!!! I tried looking everywhere for ways to learn sign language. This site has helped me so much and it’s all in one place! – Sujeet Kumar (Patna, Bihar, India)

This class has been very helpful in learning ASL!! Thanks for all the hard work you have put into this program Michelle Jay! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Brittany Peters (Bartlesville, OK)

Learning ASL online for free is awesome! I’m taking an ASL class, and we are all learning from these lessons. I appreciate this site in assisting me to learn ASL better! – Rick (California)

Just finished ASL 2… and I’m exhausted! ๐Ÿ™‚ But it’s worth it. It takes hard work and watching the videos over and over and over again. And my progress seems to be pretty slow. But I am entering a Deaf Studies program in the fall, and my signing ability was evaluated via Skype, and as a result, I won’t have to take the ASL I course, only the ASL II. So my online studying paid off. – Anonymous

I am hearing, but many years ago learned ASL, just because I wanted to. I got a job with Deaf children while in college. However, many years have past, and due to lack of practice, I forgot most of it. I haven’t been able to find any book, online class, etc, that can help refresh my ASL knowledge. But this class was great! I completed the 1st workbook and all the quizzes and I feel amazed at how fast I was able to learn again what I once knew. I even sent a question and got an immediate personal response! That rarely happens in any other website. I recommend this class for anyone even if they’ve never tried ASL before. It’s so easy to use! It’s great! – Patricia Robles (Imperial, CA, USA)

I have been learning ASL for only a week and this resource is excellent. I just recommended this site to a friend yesterday. Thanks! – Jerima (Colorado Springs, Colorado USA)

I am really enjoying these classes! The format encompasses more than just learning signs but culture as well and real life scenarios! Looking forward to taking more advanced classes!! – Michael (Swarthmore, PA)

I’m very grateful for this site. I work as a BCaBA and have just started with a client who is deaf. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to learn ASL and this online course is great. I’m learning to sign and to understand sign and I can do this on my schedule. I also enjoy learning about the Deaf culture. It will help me serve my client better. Thank you for this opportunity. – AD (New Jersey)

As a receptionist we interact with many patients. It was very sad to see us interact with hearing so well and we couldn’t offer that same patience experience to our hard of hearing. I wanted to do something about it and it’s when I decided to start learning ASL. Although I am just learning they feel comfortable approaching me and they get excited to see me. I get excited to see them also because I practice with them. The language is amazing the culture and the people I love it don’t regret starting this new journey. Learn so much in this online course. Thank you for providing this site for us. – Ammi Aguayo (Merced, CA)

Being some one who has passion for this language, I get to love it more and more while studying it. One faithful day while browsing the net, I stumble don this site and it was so wonderful. It will interest you to know that I even get to learn more that what I expected to find. These ASL classes are so enriching. I thank those who created this site. Though some of the videos are kind of fast, I get to watch them time and again before getting the sense out of it. – Chantel Etaka-Takor (Yaounde-Cameeroon)

I wanted to reach out to you and say thank you. I have searched through 100’s of different ASL classes and free stuff on the Internet. My goal has always been to keep my skills polished so that I won’t lose them. This website and iPhone application has allowed me to learn the correct way to sign and keep my skills up to date. Your program is easy to follow and is organized. Again, I’m grateful and will continue to use your resources to reach my goal of becoming an interpreter! Thank you! – Racquel Scott

Thank you so much for making this website. I’ve learned so much! – Toni (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

This is a amazing learning tool, I’m a beginner, and it has helped me so much so that I can communicate with my grandson. I love it! – Toni (Thorofare, NJ)

This is a GREAT beginner course I have learned SO much in the past few weeks! I have a long way to go for sure but this has helped me take that first huge step! This is for anyone that is interested in learning ASL and not just that but about the Deaf community, history, and culture!
Thank you very much! – Stacey (Winchester, KY)

This is amazing and it’s free!! My friends know some ASL and sign to each other a lot, I have been wanting to learn more so I can do the same. I know a little but have recently been so intrigued that I have been teaching myself more through websites such as this one. This is the perfect thing for people, such as I, who are not offered ASL classes in school! Thank you so much! I cannot explain in enough words how much I enjoy this! – Riley (California)

Thank you, Michelle for this marvelous site. It is a work of Art. I am studying ASL in a Senior Citizen Class and when I found your Start ASL site…….WOW! It helps me so much and I have shared with others. Thank you again. – JoAn Fargerlund

This is a great website that is helpful to those who want to understand and learn sign language, whether it be because they need to know if for personal use or they want to learn it in case they meet someone deaf or hard of hearing. I absolutely love this website! I am finding myself learning more and more sign language everyday thanks to you! I can see the amount of effort you put forth into it and I appreciate it. – Melina Fagg

I first started the ASL 1 course several years ago. However, I never finished it because I became frustrated at a certain point then lost focus. I did continue to study other materials and joined a local ASL class. I then came back and completed all of the ASL 1 units in less than 2 weeks. I breezed through the parts that caused me frustration in the past and realized that learning ASL requires a lot of practice and a lot of patience! I have used books, videos, a live basic ASL class and attended many Deaf events over the last several years. Now, after going through ASL 1 again I realized what an amazing resource this free online course really is! I plan to continue to expand my ASL skill with ASL 2 & 3. Thank you! – Brent Hunter

I started learning ASL in 9th grade and I fell in love with it. My best friend was fluent in ASL so I started learning a few words from her. By 11 grade I had three deaf friends and though I was fluent it still felt nice to be able to talk to everyone. I am now 27 years old and I never kept up on it so I forgot a lot of what I knew. So the is the best course for me because the first few test I breezed through because I just need to refresh my mind. Now we are getting into things I never knew. I don’t know what it is but I just have this draw to ASL. I’m not planning on becoming an interpreter but I do want to be one more person that helps bridge the gap in our world. So really I just want to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved in making this site. You all are truly amazing people. – Angela McConnell

Thank you for a well organized and user friendly course. I learned a lot and enjoyed it. – Beth Swanberg

Wow, I’m so impressed. I took signing long ago and forgot so much. I started another class but the instructor was terrible. I became so frustrated and angry. Finding this site helps me so much better! I hope to expedite my learning! I’m losing my hearing rapidly and must learn… wish me luck! – Anonymous

Hi! I am so excited about this journey! I lost my hearing in my right ear in October of 2015. Although Iโ€™m hard of hearing, my family and I find it difficult sometimes communicating in public places because I canโ€™t hear them. Iโ€™ve always been able to read lips… my sisters and I use to do it when we were little girls in church, but my children donโ€™t have that gift. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started taking sign language classes at my church and wanted MORE! A friend of mine introduced me to this program and I love it! Iโ€™m looking forward to learning even more as time goes on. It has really made me feel empowered after losing my hearing. Thank you for such a great program! – Tameca

I couldnโ€™t be happier to have found this site! Iโ€™ve been trying to learn ASL through dictionaries and other methods for a while now after starting to learn for my brother with autism. My family stopped going to classes since it wasnโ€™t a helpful technique for him, but my passion never died. Following up with the classes was expensive, however, I still found the language important to use. SO THANKFUL for this site!! Iโ€™m able to communicate fairly well with only the first unit and scarce previous knowledge, without sacrificing the little money I have. – Alicea

Hello. I just want to say how grateful I am already that you and your team have made this resource available. I am taking on the study of ASL as part of my ministry work, and already in Unit 2, I am impressed by the depth and structure of the instructional blocks, and I appreciate the ability to see signers using multiple forms of the same sign, so I wonโ€™t be stumped later, when actually able to communicate fluently in ASL. Thank you again, great work, and may God continue to bless this work of yours. – Lelan Gimnick

I have completed this course and I love that I was able to take it at my own pace, no pressure or deadlines. I highly recommend this course as it has given me a good start to learning sign language. – Susan Christie

I wanted to go even farther in ASL when I saw two older deaf gentleman in a Chinese restaurant. One of the gentleman wanted more drink but the waitress went right pass them. Not to be rude, she just didnโ€™t notice them. Knowing a couple of signs I went up to the man. “Do he need help?” ” Do you want more drink” With his reply of yes I went to the waitress and told her that he would like more to drink. I felt so accomplished. After he started to talk to me I told him that I was still learning and was not very fluent. He told me to keep it up and that I was doing very good. He motivated me to learn more. This site is helping a lot in the process of learning sign. – LJ Pace

This site is awesome! You guys organized it so well. You have taught me so much and are still teaching me ASL. – Gabriel

Mrs. Michelle, I donโ€™t know how to say thank you for what I am learning from Start ASL. I just completed ASL 1 and I am so excited. The knowledge I am receiving from your books have open My eyes about deaf culture. For the pass three years I have been teaching ASL in our school after care program, and I just love it. Your videos are excellent, I would not change anything. I am blessed to live in an area where ASL classes and programs are available from anyone who wants to learn this beautiful language. I plan to get more involved interacting with others who are in this program. Again thank you so much for what you are doing. – Annette Banks

I just wanted to say thank you for putting this information online and free. I have been wanting to learn ASL for years but could never attend classes due to my work schedule. I am excited about the opportunity to learn. My daughter and I are doing this together, and I have sent this information to some coworkers. Thank you again. – Mary

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