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Online ASL Learning Materials

Factsheet about American Sign Language by the National Association of the Deaf
American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the most widely used languages in the United States. Learn more with this informative factsheet.

Lifeprint Institute ASL University
Enjoy this free series of self-paced online ASL courses. Each course covers various aspects of Deaf Culture, ASL grammar, history, terminology, and approximately 100 new signs. There are 10 courses, (plus various workshops), so you will be able to learn over a thousand signs! If you'd like to receive documentation of your progress you can register and pay tuition.

A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms
Our goal in making this resource available is to help those who desire to learn ASL, and enable them to communicate more easily with others.

HandSpeak.com Online Sign Language Dictionary
A wholistic communication for everyone of all ages in everyday life is a simple purpose of this site.

ASL On the Web: Basic Grammar of American Sign Language
Straightforward examples comparing the language structures of ASL and English

Fingerspelling Practice
These pages have all the letter patterns used in the English Language. These are ordered from easier to read to more difficult, simple to complex.

Classifiers Practice
Classifiers are used in American Sign Language to show movement, location, and appearance. After a signer indicates a person or thing, a classifier can be used in its place to show where and how it moves, what it looks like, and where it is located.

Learn Sign Language Online- Learn ASL Online

Sign language is a visual living language that uses mostly the upper body, but can include the entire body. The deaf community and also those who wish to interact within the deaf community use the language. Although there is a signed English, in North America the most commonly used sign is American Sign Language (ASL), which uses its own system of grammar. The vocabulary for ASL is usually the most difficult part of ASL to learn. Although many people learn basic signs, they rarely learn to use the language properly. In order to do so, they must study the whole language and culture not only individual signs.

The best way to start learning American Sign Language (ASL) is to start with the basics, the ABC's. Print out a chart if possible and practice the hand positions of each letter until you know them by heart. Even if you know nothing else about signing, you can always spell out the words when needed.

Learning basic conversational skills is the next step. Before you can sign with the deaf, you must meet them and to meet them, you have to be able to greet them. Learning basic signs like, "Hello", "How are you?" and being able to tell someone your name are important getting to know someone signs. Learning cues will also help. For instance, saying hello looks like a salute and the sign for man mimics the movement made as a man tips his hat. Origins of signs will help you to remember them.

Using a visual website to see how signs are used is very helpful. Some work much like a dictionary. Search the word you want to learn, click and a signer on video demonstrates the sign. This is most helpful when trying to understand the physical movement of individual signs. To truly use ASL, it is important to understand that grammar is used differently, which is the most difficult part of the language to learn.

Practice, practice, practice! Be sure to use body and facial expression, as they are also part of the language. The deaf cannot hear the inflection changes of the voice and rely on sight, so demonstrate feelings such as anger, sadness, happiness and fear. No one wants to see a sad story signed from someone who is smiling. Also, remember that online signers are merely teaching you signs, not actually signing for someone, so they may not show that emotion.

Continue to work on vocabulary and to keep new signs fresh in your mind. Sign language is something that if you don’t use, you will lose. Basic signs can be picked up in hours and within a month it is possible to hold a conversation, but it takes a lot of practice. To become proficient is the real challenge and just like learning any other foreign language, it means continually improving on learned skills. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you may be ready to start looking into ASL degree programs at campus based and online universities.

ASL Browser a dictionary style language index maintained by Michigan State University.

Deaf Video TV feature videos presented all in sign language of news, comedy, commentary and more.

National Institute of Deafness everything you need to know about being deaf and the language they use.

Fingerspelling these pages have all the letter patterns used in the English Language, ordered from easier to read to more difficult, simple to complex.

ASL Videos

"Say It With Sign"
SAY IT WITH SIGN featuring Sharon and Larry Solow is the most complete series on signing ever made. The 3rd most used language in the U.S. (behind English & Spanish), this 20 hour Home Video Library teaches conversational sign language in a fun, easy manner.

Treehouse Video
Dan Veltri, the owner and founder of Treehouse Video, has worked professionally with the Deaf community since 1977, when he was trained and certified as a sign language interpreter. Dan created Treehouse Video in 1993 in order to harness the power of technology to help people communicate and learn, especially in the area of sign language and interpreting.

Sign Enhancers, Inc.
Since 1989, Sign Enhancers has won the trust and respect of customers worldwide. This trust has made us one of the largest sign language-related companies in the world. Our products are the best on the market!

ASLvideos.com
Magic Lamp productions is pleased to bring you the most extensive library of videos for hearing impaired children and adults, their friends and family, and for any persons who are interested in learning this wonderful means of communication - now the third most popular language in the United States, after English and Spanish.

ASL Access
ASL Access is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization providing American Sign Language video resources to libraries.

Signing Time Children's Videos
From their magical animated world, Alex (who can hear) and Leah, (who is Deaf) extend an invitation to infants and children: "Come sign with us"! They introduce tot-friendly American Sign Language signs in a playful way-with real children of varying ages proudly showing their signs.

How to Talk to a Person Who Can't Hear
How to Talk to a Person Who Can't Hear is a fun sign language video made for the general hearing public that teaches you in a unique & easy way over 300 word-signs and phrases, plus the alphabet.

ASL Stories
Popular Fairy Tales and Christmas stories told in ASL on videotape with full voice soundtrack. Ideal for deaf or hearing children, sign language students, D/deaf adults, interpreters, or anyone that appreciates the beauty of ASL.

"Love is Never Silent"
Based on the Joanne Greenberg novel “In This Sign”, this film stars Mare Winningham as a young hearing girl with deaf parents. Winningham has spent most of her Depression-era childhood as her parents' only conduit to the outside world. When a close family friend (Sid Caesar in a towering non-comic performance) asks Winningham if she isn't sacrificing the opportunity for happiness on her own, she carefully considers his words. She marries Frederick Lehne, at which point her embittered parents close off their relationship with their daughter. How Ms. Winningham manages to bridge this gap is the focus of the film's final scenes. The parents are played by Ed Waterstreet and Phyllis Frelich, longtime members of the National Theatre for the Deaf. The Emmy-winning “Love is Never Silent” was originally presented as a Hallmark Hall of Fame special.

ASL Books

The American Sign Language Phrase Book
by Lou Fant (1994)

Random House American Sign Language Dictionary
by Elaine Costello (1994)

Must-Read Books about the Deaf Community
This is a must-read list!

Online Catalogs of ASL Materials

Gallaudet University Press
During the course of nearly two decades, Gallaudet University Press has released more than 250 titles, thereby establishing its reputation as the preeminent publisher of scholarly books on Deaf studies, Deaf history, Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and notable deaf people.

Dawn Sign Press
It's all here - books, videos, posters, and more. Teach, learn, and explore American Sign Language and Deaf culture with our outstanding collection of materials.

Deafbuy.com
Our goal is to provide a comfortable and secure shopping experience complete with easy order processing and full customer satisfaction. We also feature a large selection of quality products from major manufacturers and publishers including Ultratec, Ameriphone, Sonic Alert, Evergreen Gifts and Jewelry, ARM Computers, Gallaudet University Press, Dawn Sign Press, and many others. We sell books, videos, electronics, toys & games, novelties, apparel, tickets. etc.

Harris Communications
Keeping you in touch with assistive products designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Extensive catalog with assistive devices, books, videos, novelty items, and more

United TTY Sales & Service
Visit this secure online showroom to buy: TTYs (2-year-warranty and free technical support), alarm clocks, bed vibrators, signalers, caption decoders, fire alarm systems, amplified and VCO phones, etc.

Adcohearing.com
From TTYs to closed caption decoders, books, videos, and sign language gifts, we are the largest distributor in the Rocky Mountain region of products for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing; VISA/MasterCard/Discover Accepted ~ Gift Certificates Available ~ TTY Repair Service Quarterly Updates ~ We Ship Anywhere!

Pyram.com
Deaf's Next Generation Emporium

Interesting ASL Info

Guide to sign Language Linguistics
Specialized information, articles, journals, & books about sign language linguistics

American Sign Language Teachers Association
The American Sign Language Teachers Association - ASLTA - is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of ASL and Deaf Studies at all levels of instruction. ASLTA is an individual membership organization of more than 1,000 ASL and Deaf Studies educators from elementary through graduate education as well as agencies.

Teaching ASL as a Second Language
To help ASL teachers and administrators design and implement effective ASL programs, this Digest answers questions about ASL and the essential components of an ASL program, including ASL course design, methods and approaches for teaching ASL as a second language, and ASL instructional materials.

Sign Languages - How the Deaf (and other Sign language users) are Deprived of their Linguistic Human Rights
Essay by Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas from The European Union of the Deaf Sign Language Days (2001). The goal was to discuss the linguistic human rights of Sign language users, especially the fact that no European state has so far included Sign languages in the languages for which they have ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

To help ASL teachers and administrators design and implement effective ASL programs, this Digest answers questions about ASL and the essential components of an ASL program, including ASL course design, methods and approaches for teaching ASL as a second language, and ASL instructional materials.

Sign Writing
SignWriting is a writing system which uses visual symbols to represent the handshapes, movements, and facial expressions of signed languages. It is an "alphabet" - a list of symbols used to write any signed language in the world.

Signing to Babies
The "Sign with your Baby" Program teaches hearing parents how to begin two-way communication with their hearing pre-verbal children through the use of Sign Language.

Sign Language Books and Gifts
Find out how to purchase sign language books and more

Exambusters.com Sign Language Flash Cards
Over 500 extra large study cards teach basic American Sign Language with photographs of hand shapes. Lay out a series of cards to form sentences. Easy to learn from and fun too! Appropriate for any age.

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