ASL | First 120 Basic Signs | American Sign Language
What you'll learn
- Students will learn to sign and understand 120 essential signs in American Sign Language (ASL).
- Students will learn signs individually to ensure comprehension, correct hand shape, and hand position.
- Students will be tested on their ability to sign and understand ALL material taught in the course.
- A desire to learn, improve, and be more confident signing in ASL
- A desire to enrich ASL vocabulary and communication skills
- A computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the study material
IN THIS COURSE, you’re going to learn to sign and understand one hundred and twenty (120) basic signs in American Sign Language (ASL). The signs are divided into twelve groups of ten words. Each sign has its own video where students can learn and practice. Each section has its own review and testing where students can demonstrate their signing and recognition skills. As the course progresses, the review becomes more advanced and includes testing for three (3) groups at once. At the end, students are tested on ALL one hundred and twenty (120) signs learned throughout the course.
*** This course is designed to INCLUDE complete beginners without any prior knowledge of ASL. Previous ASL skills are welcome but NOT required.
IN THIS COURSE:
Students will learn to sign and understand one hundred and twenty (120) basic signs in American Sign Language (ASL)
Group 1 signs: # 0-5, # 6-10, ABOUT, AFTER, AGAIN, ALL, ALWAYS, AND, ARRIVE, ASL
Group 2 signs: BAD, BEAUTIFUL, BEFORE, BEST, BIG, BOY, CAN, CAN’T, CLASS, CLOSE
Group 3 signs: COLD, DAD, DAY, DEAF, DIFFERENT, DONE, DRINK, EAT, EVERYDAY, EXCUSE ME
Group 4 signs: FAMILY, FINE, FINGERSPELL, FOOD, FOR, FRIEND, FROM, GIRL, GIVE, GO TO
Group 5 signs: GOOD, HANDSOME, HAPPEN, HAPPY, HAVE, HE/SHE/IT, HEARING, HELLO, HELP, HER/HIS
Group 6 signs: HOME, HOT, HOW, HUNGRY, I ~ YOU, IF, LEARN, LIKE, LITTLE, LOVE
Group 7 signs: MAN, MAYBE, MEET, MOM, MORE, MORNING, MOST, MY ~ YOUR, NAME, NEED
Group 8 signs: NICE, NIGHT, NO, NOT, NOW, OKAY, OPEN, OUR, PAPER, PEOPLE
Group 9 signs: PICTURE, PLAY, PLEASE, PROBLEM, READ, SAD, SAME, SCHOOL, SEE, SENTENCE
Group 10 signs: SHARE, SIT, SLEEP, SOMETIMES, SOON, SORRY, STOP, STUDENT, TAKE, TALK
Group 11 signs: TEACHER, THANK YOU, THAT, THEIR, THEY, THINK, TIME, UNDERSTAND, WAIT, WE
Group 12 signs: WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHICH, WHO, WHY, WITH, WOMAN, WORD, YES
Students will learn signs individually to ensure comprehension, correct hand shape, and hand position
Students will be tested on their ability to sign and understand ALL material taught in the course
AFTER TAKING THIS COURSE:
Students will be able to correctly sign one hundred and twenty (120) basic ASL signs.
Students will be able to understand and recognize all of the one hundred and twenty (120) signs.
Students will have a large vocabulary of signs to use when interacting with the Deaf community.
Students will feel more confident as they continue improving their ASL skills.
What is the main focus of this course?
This course focuses on learning a large group of fundamental and basic signs in American Sign Language. Students will learn one hundred and twenty (120) of the most common signs used in ASL.
Do I need to have prior knowledge or experience with ASL before taking this class?
No. This course is designed to include complete beginners without any prior knowledge of ASL. All necessary signs are taught step by step in the course.
Will this course test me on what is taught?
Yes. This course contains multiple review and testing sections where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their ASL signing and recognition skills.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Hello! My name is Michael. When I was three years old, my younger brother became sick with spinal meningitis. In the process, my brother became deaf with an almost complete hearing loss. This difficult situation provided a unique opportunity for my family and I to become fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). My brother was not sent away to a deaf or hard of hearing school. He grew up with us, his hearing family, and we were active in the deaf community.
As a police officer and federal investigator, I often used ASL to communicate with and interpret for witnesses, victims, and perpetrators. I decided to create ASL courses because it’s a useful and practical skill to have. Like learning any language, it opens your mind and creates the ability to communicate with a whole new group of people.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner ASL students who wish to learn and start signing immediately
- Improving ASL students who wish to practice, test, and boost their signing ability
• What our ASL students have to say:
Alexis McIntosh - Loved it and his energy. Learned more than I expected.
Derek Barnes - Best ASL teacher ever!
Lauren O'Callaghan - Love the instructors approach to teaching...attitude, technique, delivery...all on point.
Tony Austin - I have had several asl classes and this one by far was the easiest to follow and I learned the fastest with this class
Suellen Maforte - The teacher is great, really calm, clear and precise. Can definitely see myself learning quickly with him. He’s also adorable.
Lisa Henderson - Didn't know I could learn so much so fast. It's explained very clearly, and having the tests really makes you see what you can retain and will help you retain it.
Johnny Lopez - This was truly amazing. I've learned so much in such a short time. I shall continue to practice daily. Thank you
Ellie-Mae Penner - The teacher is engaging and clear even when going over really basic elementary things such as the alphabet. He really makes learning to sign engaging, fun, and useful.
Melanie Wiecek - This teacher is amazing. I love his positive attitude, and you can really tell that he loves teaching ASL. I highly recommend this course if you are looking to learn sign language.
Twila Olson - Michael seems so delightful and genuine that it makes it more fun to watch the videos. My son and I are taking the class(es), and we smile our way through the whole thing.
Gautam A - Thank you, Michael, for being such a wonderful instructor. I had so much fun and got to learn something new and useful.
Robbie Andersen - I have been researching ASL courses for a long time, and the way you teach is incredible. You make it so easy to learn and your way of explaining makes it easy to remember. You have a gift for teaching.
Hamid Zemzami - Engaging to the fullest, funny and easy to absorb.
• My name is Michael. When I was three years old, my younger brother became sick with spinal meningitis. In the process, my brother became deaf with an almost complete hearing loss. This difficult situation provided a unique opportunity for my family and I to become fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). My brother was not sent away to a deaf or hard of hearing school. He grew up with us, his hearing family, and we were active in the Deaf community.
• As a former police officer and federal investigator, I often used ASL to communicate with and serve members of the Deaf community. I decided to create simple, step-by-step ASL courses because sign language is a useful and fun skill to have. Like learning any language, it opens your mind and creates the ability to communicate with a whole new group of people.