Learn American Sign Language: Beginner conversational words and phrases in ASL

Learn American Sign Language: Beginner conversational words and phrases in ASL

August 30, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Hello! Today I’m going to teach you
beginner ASL signs, so you can start communicating
using ASL, or American Sign Language. Are you ready?
And that’s the sign for “READY”? HELLO HI HOW ARE YOU? So that’s the sign for “how”
and then you point to the person “how are you?” GOOD. Or one-handed: “Good”. BAD. Turn your palm down: “bad” FINE “I’m fine” “so-so” “OKAY” – literally the handshapes for “O” and “K”. “Okay”. “I’m okay” “GREAT” or “WONDERFUL” “what’s up?” So it’s that “open-8”
handshape, from the shoulders: “what’s up?” “nothing” “busy” “busy” or “I’m busy” “not a lot” “what’s your name?” Though in ASL, it’s more literally: YOU NAME WHAT? and sometimes people add a “YOU” at the end as well. So: “what’s your name?” MY NAME (is) … and then you fingerspell your name. In my case, “Meredith”. If you have a sign name, you would then teach your sign name, so ME NAME and then as a beginner you’ll be fingerspelling your name. “nice to meet you” “nice to meet you” and you sign that toward the person. YES Nod your head “yes” NO – you can shake your
head “no” DEAF HEARING (or not deaf) and HARD-OF-HEARING. Somewhere in the
middle — “hard-of-hearing”. For example: “Are you deaf?”
“No, I’m hearing. Are you hearing?” “No, I’m deaf.” So you can sign “I’m hearing” and “I’m
learning ASL” so–that’s “I’m learning ASL”. Sign the
sign “learn” once, twice — I’ve seen both. Or “I WANT” — that’s the sign for “want”. “I want to learn ASL” “I want to learn ASL” or “I want to learn
sign” — so that’s “ASL” – American Sign Language. Sign language
generally speaking sign and then language or you might see it with a
different handshape: sign language. UNDERSTAND – like “I understand”. if you’re
nodding along — so “I understand”. The finger flicks like that up, Or “DON’T UNDERSTAND”
if you shake your head no — I don’t understand. So remember that shaking your
head like that means “not understand” PLEASE SORRY “sorry, I don’t understand.” please SLOW. slow AGAIN AGAIN. I’m going to show that again — an example: “Sorry, I don’t understand.” “Please sign again, slow.” I’ll do that
again this is useful: “Sorry, I don’t understand.
Please sign again slower.” THANK-YOU. “thank you” or sometimes two
hands – if really emphatic. “thank you” “see you later” so that’s SEE-you LATER. Thank you for watching! I hope that you
continue to learn ASL and I’ll see you later. Bye!