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ASL Word of the Day

Equivalent to English: stubborn

This Day/Week in History

February 21, 2013: The Mozambique Sign Language Dictionary was launched in Maputo.

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity as well as multilingualism.

The General Conference of UNESCO proclaimed IMLD in November 1999. Since then, IMLD has been celebrated since 2000 to promote all the languages -- both signed and spoken -- of the world.

The Inventor's Day

February 11, birth date of Thomas Alva Edison. A US presidential proclamation since 1983: To observe the birth anniversary of Thomas Alva Edison, an inventor with 1,093 patents. His deafness was actually an asset as he once said that it allowed him to work with less distraction and to sleep deeply, undistributed by outside sounds.

American Sign Language dictionary

How do you sign some common ASL words? thank you, I love you, please, hello, baby. Browse thousands of signed words in the ASL dictionary.

learning American Sign Language

Learning ASL as a second language (L2) is fun and popular. Bilingualism is not the only benefit, but also bimodalism is another linguistic advantage for the cognitive and sensorial development. Plus many other benefits.

ASL Story of the Week

Link to Deaf or Dead: true story.

Quote of the Month

"Language is not mouth stuff -- it's brain stuff."
-- Dr. William Stokoe, the father of ASL linguistics

signing with babies and toddlers

Signing ASL as a first language (L1) is commonly found in Deaf families and codas as well as some deaf children in ASL-speaking bilingual schools. Studies from neuroscience to linguistics show that language acquisition, developmental milestones, and linguistic activities in the brain are similiar in signed language as found in spoken language.