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Created in 1995, Handspeak is a sign language and Deaf culture resource for language+culture enthusiasts, ASL students and learners, interpreters, homeschoolers, parents and professionals for language learning, practice and self-study.

ASL Sign Language Dictionary

Sign of the Day

Guess what the ASL word mean? See English translation Meaning: CANDLE

Word of the Week - Baby Signing

The video shows a baby signing the ASL word WOLF in the early phonological development (handshape, location, and movement).

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Trivia Question

How is language acquisition in signed language from birth to age 3 compared to that in spoken language?

Sign Language and Deaf Culture Topics

Sign Language

Signed language is a natural, full-fledged language in visual-spatial modality. It has all linguistic features (from phonology to syntax) as found in spoken language. It's the primary language of Deaf people in North America. More on American Sign Language. Learn about the myths and facts about sign language.

Alphabet

how to write wh-questions in ASL

To get started, learn the ABCs in ASL alphabet.

Numbers

Take a peek what the ASL number is: number.

Learn how to sign numbers 1 to 100.

Grammar

Signed languages have their own grammar that are different from spoken languages. E.g. ASL and English are two independent languages with their own structure, grammar, vocabulary and so on.

Random grammar tip:

In beginner ASL classes, a common confusion is the use of pronouns with possessives -- e.g. 'you' and 'your'. Become more aware of these in ASL expression skills. Possessive Pronouns

Sentences and Phrases

To get started for a beginner, learn how to sign "How are you?".

Browse some more phrases and sentences that may give you some insights into how grammar, structure and meaning are constructed in ASL sign language and help you learn how to express them in ASL.

Deaf Culture

Where there is language, there is culture; sign language and Deaf culture are inseparable.

When learning sign language, become familiar with cultural appropriation to avoid inappropriate intentions and audism to be aware of. Learning sign language and Deaf culture comes with the process of allyship.

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