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ASL: How to Relate Where You Live and Work

Giving others information about your workplace and home by using American Sign Language (ASL) is easy — but be careful because many other eyes can see what you sign. Exchanging addresses and phone numbers [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Occupations

When sharing info through American Sign Language (ASL) about your profession, be it your job title or what your job entails, you can usually use signs specific to that job or function. This table lists [more…]

How to Express Possessives and Pronouns in American Sign Language

Using pronouns in American Sign Language (ASL) is the same as in English; you need to refer to a noun before you use a pronoun. You may also use possessives during your Sign conversation. Show possession [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Utensils and Dishes

When you’re lucky enough to get an invitation to join other signers for a meal, take along these signs to get you through the event. The following table gives you the sign for everything you’ll see on [more…]

How to Discuss Meals with American Sign Language

Whether you're going to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends who use American Sign Language (ASL), you need to know a few signs about your meal. And don't forget to thank your host or hostess [more…]

How to Discuss Dining Out with American Sign Language

Everyone enjoys going out to restaurants from time to time, including members of the Deaf community. Familiarize yourself with the signs related to dining out, as well as the signs for certain types of [more…]

How to Use Shopping-Related American Sign Language

Shopping made simple — that’s what you’ll find when you do it in American Sign Language (ASL). After you know how to sign the store you want to visit and the deals you're looking for, the rest is a breeze [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Clothing

These American Sign Language (ASL) signs show you the basics for all your clothing needs. Wear is signed the same as use, so don’t worry that they look the same. [more…]

How to Express Colors in American Sign Language

Adding color to the canvas only brightens your repertoire of American Sign Language (ASL). This table gives you a start with the signs for basic colors. [more…]

How to Discuss Payments with American Sign Language

After you go shopping, you have to deal with the not-so-fun part — paying for all your new items. The signs in this table cover the variety of ways to pay for those purchases and signs for other money-related [more…]

How to Express Superlatives and Make Comparisons with American Sign Language

In English, you sometimes form words that compare by adding endings, such as “est” or “er.” In American Sign Language (ASL), you can't really sign comparatives and superlatives. For example, [more…]

How to Make Plans by Using American Sign Language

Planning a gathering with friends who use American Sign Language (ASL) has never been so easy. The signs in the following table can help get you on your way. [more…]

How to Discuss the Movies by Using American Sign Language

In case you were wondering, yes, Deaf people attend movies. To serve the Deaf population, some theaters have an OC (open captioning) Night on newly released movies. [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Going to Cultural Events

When you plan to go with your Deaf friends to a play or museum, you can get the most out of the experience by knowing some signs related to cultural events. American Sign Language [more…]

How to Communicate Time in American Sign Language

To make plans (or even just discuss about what you did over the weekend) with Deaf friends, you need to know how to sign time of day, as well as days or weeks. Sign about time with these American Sign [more…]

How to Discuss Articles of Clothing in American Sign Language

Whether you're signing about doing laundry or buying new clothes, you may need to know how to identify items of clothing in American Sign Language (ASL). These signs show you how to refer to clothing in [more…]

Why Use American Sign Language with Your Hearing Baby

American Sign Language (ASL) is the language used by the Deaf community, but you can also sign with your baby, regardless of whether he or she can hear. Signing with babies provides many benefits. Consider [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Sports

The majority of American Sign Language (ASL) sports signs look like what they represent. For example, the signs for tennis and baseball mimic the swing of a racket and bat, respectively. Don’t you just [more…]

How to Talk about Games in American Sign Language

Not all games have American Sign Language (ASL) signs. For example, you fingerspell cards, video, chess, and checkers. All board and card games are fingerspelled. Mimic throwing dice for gambling and dealing [more…]

How to Describe Your Home with American Sign Language

You can give the grand tour of your home without one word of explanation if you use American Sign Language (ASL). You can also sign about the rooms in your house and the the furniture you have in them. [more…]

How to Give Directions in American Sign Language

When giving or getting directions in American Sign Language (ASL), you need to keep two things in mind. Get these direction-signing strategies down, and you can tell people exactly where to go and how [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Landmarks

Most people find landmarks to be helpful when giving or receiving directions, and you can communicate that information through American Sign Language (ASL). After all, signing for someone to turn right [more…]

How to Discuss Transportation in American Sign Language

Whether you need to get around town or want to see the world, travel requires transportation of some sort. The signs in this table can help you arrange your free-wheeling adventures. [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Medical Professionals

Doctor visits ensure good health — or are necessary when you're unwell. The signs in this table help you identify the people you deal with in a medical situation. The doctor is in! [more…]

How to Describe Symptoms and Illnesses in American Sign Language

Knowing the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for symptoms of illness can really help you figure out the best way to handle a medical problem. Like with talking, signing is sometimes difficult when you [more…]

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