6 tips on how to learn sign language
American Sign Language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. Approach ASL with the same expectations you would any other spoken language: Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to learn sign language easy.
There are tons of great resources on the internet, but how can we determine the best way to learn sign language with all the options out there? ASL is a visual language, and is learned best by watching other people. Take a look at the short video lesson below to get started. In this lesson we’ll teach you how to communicate via 16 animals signs. Kids are crazy about animals, so why not start there to get them motivated?
2 Learn the alphabet signs (for older kids)
Not every word has a sign, and when you don’t know the specific sign for a certain word you can still communicate by spelling the word out. Alphabet signs can be challenging for young kids, however. Sometimes they can’t spell or interpret alphabet signs on their own, but often younger kids will understand exactly what you’re trying to say. Watch this great video about ASL spelling here.
3 Get yourself a sign language dictionary
Watching Youtube songs is a fun way to learn. Try muting the sound and looking for the signs you know.
5 Sign up for classes
It is easier to learn in the company of other students because your peers can challenge and support your efforts. Maybe you’ll find free ASL classes in your community.
6 Deaf culture
I believe that the natural social use of sign languages is easily the best and fastest way to learn ASL. Try to meet deaf people and sign with them — just use what you know.
Kids with special needs
Children with poor motor skills or cognitive deficits can benefit from sign language as well. ASL can enhance their communication skills and help them express their wants and needs more clearly. I strongly believe that every child with developmental disabilities deserves our best effort.