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sign language online Sign language resources and extracurricular ASL (American Sign Language) materials for language+culture enthusiasts, ASL students and learners, instructors and teachers, interpreters, homeschoolers, parents and professionals for practice or self-study.

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ASL Word of the Day

Equivalent to English: salt

This Day/Week in History

September 17, 2013: The British government passed the policy recognizing a legal status for British Sign Language which calls for better access to information and services in U.K.

ASL Story of the Week

Link to Barbwire and Bloodstain of Word.

Quote of the Month

"I cannot understand how a language like sign language - the richest in expressions, the most energetic, the most advantageous in its universal intelligibility is still so neglected and that only the deaf speak it. This is, I confess, one of those irrationalities of the human mind that I cannot explain."
-- Pierre Desloges, 1779

International Week of the Deaf

International Week of the Deaf is an annual observance during the 4th (last) week of September, in concurrence with the annual International Day of Sign Language Rights, under World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

This week in Deaf history: On December 19th, 2017, the United Nations declared September 23rd as "International Day of Sign Languages".

Back to School

ASL students across the North America (U.S. and Canada) are taking ASL courses at postsecondary institutions. Browse around Search ASL words for a starter. Or enjoy a kid's version of the ASL wordbook.

The first days of ASL classes are exciting but they can be overwhelming for some students. Feeling stressed? Try laughs with the first day of ASL classes humor.

American Sign Language dictionary

How do you sign thank you or I love you in ASL? Browse thousands of signed words in the ASL dictionary.

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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 literature and arts

Sign language as the core of its culture is a distinct, cultural-linguistic identity of people of the eye. Learning sign language is inseparable from studying its visual Deaf culture. This section consists of culture, history, literarature and arts in Deaf people and their sign language.

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.