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This site will help you learn common sign language phrases and the manual alphabet or “fingerspelling. You will also learn about sign language interpreting, Deaf culture, and various methods of communication with people who are Deaf. Signing is fun to do and it helps you meet and communicate with Deaf people. ASL Here is a definition of ASL that has been around for a long time. American Sign Language is a visual-gestural language used by 500,000 members of the North American Deaf community. American Sign Language is the primary sign language used by Deaf and hearing-impaired people in the United States and Canada. ASL was devised in part by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on the basis of sign language in France.

American Sign Language This sign language website is intended to be a free place to learn signing. American Sign Language for babies, and a sign language chart. ASL University is intended to be an online curriculum resource for ASL students, instructors, interpreters, and parents of deaf children. I also take a look at how ASL qualifies as a foreign language. When I’m around “Hearing people” I tend to use a hearing-aid.

If I’m in a meeting I will either use an interpreter or, depending on how close I am to the speaker and how quiet the room is I’ll lip-read and use my hearing-aid. My wife and I have had four children and we taught them all to sign ASL. Remember, ASL is so much more than just “Deaf people waiving their hands in the air” — it is truly becoming a world language. Use the links to jump around and check out the site. We should say “at least” 500,000 people use ASL. That is an OLD statistic from the 1980’s. My estimate is more along the lines of: 2 million people are using ASL on a daily basis.