What is American Sign Language?
Learning American Sign Language is beneficial for anyone. Learning some basic signs and fingerspelling can help you be more conversational when interacting with Deaf friends, family, or colleagues.
Fingerspelling is a form of sign language in which individual letters are formed by the fingers to spell out words or names. Take some time to familiarize yourself with different letters and numbers. Learn how to fingerspell your name so you can introduce yourself.
In this lesson we reviewed many common signs that can help you to be more conversational with the Deaf individuals in your life. You can return to this lesson from time-to-time to practice common signs and fingerspelling. Everyone learns sign language at their own speed. Be patient, keep practicing, and the rewards will be well worth the effort.
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American Sign Language was created by and for Deaf people. It is an important part of Deaf culture and is best taught by someone fully immersed in the Deaf community.