Basic Sign Language Vocabulary

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ASL: How to Sign Numbers

How to sign cardinal (counting) and ordinal (ordering) numbers will get you through everyday situations. When you want to specify that there’s more than one item — plural — you sign the item first, followed [more…]

ASL: How to Sign Locations

You may need to know how to describe a particular location when using American Sign Language (ASL), whether that location is a country, state, city, or part of the landscape. [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 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…]

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…]

How to Indicate Body Parts in American Sign Language

If you’re using American Sign Language (ASL) to describe body parts, you may only need to point to the part of the body. Most of the signs in the following tables are signed with a double motion; for example [more…]

ASL: How to Interpret Popular Deaf Expressions

American Sign Language (ASL) uses expressions in much the same way that English does. Practice these expressions with people who’ve been signing for a while to make a shortcut to your success: [more…]

ASL: How to Sign Your Baby's Childcare Needs

These three simple signs relate to the things probably on your baby's mind and can get you and your baby on the right track with two-way communication beyond “waaaaaah!” Sign with your child about what’s [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about Pets

Pets are a large part of many people's lives, and American Sign Language (ASL) gives you the means to discuss your favorite non-human friend with signing. You can tell your Deaf friend all about that new [more…]

How to Identify Farmyard Animals in American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) allows you to chat about animals with Deaf friends, including animals that live out in the country. If you're planning a trip to a farm, you may need to know signs for some [more…]

How to Discuss Zoo Animals in American Sign Language

A day at the zoo can be fantastic fun for all involved. A few exotic animal signs can keep your kids (and others) entertained throughout the whole zoo trip. Here are the signs for a few common zoo animals [more…]

ASL: How to Sign about the Sun, Moon, and Stars

Take a moment, the next time you’re outside, and look up. Do you see the sun, moon, stars? You can communicate their beauty through their American Sign Language [more…]

How to Communicate about Weather in American Sign Language

When isn’t the weather a popular topic for discussion? If you want to chat about the weather with your Deaf friends, practice the American Sign Language [more…]

How to Talk about Office Supplies with American Sign Language

Looking around your cubicle or office, you have many things to sign. American Sign Language (ASL) provides you with a way to communicate what office supplies you have, need, or want to a Deaf colleague [more…]

One-Word Questions in American Sign Language

Signing one-word questions in American Sign Language (ASL) is a way to initiate small talk, get to know people, and gather information. When you sign these one-word questions, look inquisitive; the facial [more…]

ASL: Signing Essential Expressions

Practice signing these basic expressions in American Sign Language (ASL) to meet and greet people, join in on conversations, answer questions, and be polite and courteous. [more…]

ASL: Signing the Manual Alphabet

Learning the manual alphabet in American Sign Language (ASL) will help you when you don’t know a sign as you begin communicating. If you don’t know the sign for something, you need to use the manual alphabet [more…]

ASL: Signing Numbers 1 through 10

In American Sign Language (ASL), knowing how to sign the cardinal (counting) numbers helps you in everyday situations like banking and making appointments. Pay attention to the way your palm faces when [more…]

Five Animals for Baby to Sign

Animals are a big deal for babies, so knowing how to sign animals is important. After all, babies see them in books, on television, as toys, and more. [more…]

Some Basic Signs to Teach Baby

Babies and toddlers can use some basic signs when you leave them with a caregiver or pick them up, when they learns who's who in a family, and when they want to melt your heart by showing they love you [more…]

The Letters of the Alphabet in American Sign Language (ASL)

If you want to learn a new language, including American Sign Language (ASL), you should start with the basics. And you can't get more basic than the alphabet! This video shows you how to sign the 26 letters [more…]

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