# ASL 101 lesson 7

• Count 10-30. Tell how many years.
• Count cardinal numbers from 10 through 30. Review 1-10. Introduce HOW-MANY, PLUS.
• Learning ASL. WHERE, WHO INSTRUCTOR, HOW+LONG?
• Speaking different languages. HOW-MANY YEARS? FRENCH, SPANISH, etc.

### Counting numbers up to 30

Learn how to count cardinal numbers 1 through 30.

How to tell ASL numbers 1-30 in American Sign Language

# How to tell ASL cardinal numbers: 1 to 30

Learn the numbers from one to thirty in both receptive and expressive skills. Watch the video and practice the numbers. For individual numbers, you also can check them in the ASL dictionary.

Below are some rules for the ASL cardinal numbers from one to thirty. Please note that some of these rules are not the same in other grammatical contexts.

For example, your palm is in -- facing you as a signer -- for the cardinal numbers one through five, but it comes to a different rule when telling ages. That is, your palm is out for the ages one through five.

For the cardinal numbers one through five, your palm is in, facing you as the signer. For the numbers six through nine, your palm is out -- facing outward from the signer's perspective.

For the numbers eleven through fifteen, your palm is in. For the rest of the numbers except for the number 21, the palm is out.

The numbers 20 through 29 have different handshapes from the number two. So better practice on these numbers more. Use the "L" handshape for the "two" part from 23 to 29.

Translation: number

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These are some ASL lessons, tutorials, and tips that ASL students and language enthusiasts can explore and learn some ASL on their own relaxing pace.

Seeking some challenges? Try some stories, fables, and others in ASL storytelling and poetry. Study a complex system of subtle eye gazes, role-shifting, classifiers, sentence structures, and other linguistic features as well as poetics.

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Vocabulary: MONTH, DAY.

IX MONTH HAVE HOW-MANY DAYS?

Learn how to count cardinal numbers 1 through 30.

Introducing classifiers in sign language

# Introducing classifiers in American Sign Language

Classifier in sign language is a signed word that represents a particular group of objects or referents. A classifier handshape may be incorporated with a movement, palm orientation, and/or location to convey rich information in a predicate.

For example, the classifier "horizontal 3-handshape" can represent an object in a group of vehicles such as car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, submarine, etc.

Classifier: horizontal CL3 for a class of some vehicles.

The classifier is incorporated into a verb phrase. In some way, it functions like a pronoun in a verb phrase. Like pronouns, a noun must be signed before a classifier can be referred to.

There is no ASL without classifiers. Classifier predicates in ASL are very common and heavily used. Learning and understanding classifiers can significantly improve your expressive language skills.

Watch how different classifer handshapes are used for each of the objects on a table in the video below.

The ASL speaker first signs the noun and then the classifier predicate. She did first for the book. But for the rest of the objects, she didn't repeat the noun TABLE because she has established the reference and consistently refers to it. This gives you the idea how different classifiers are used for these objects.

Learn some common classifier handshapes that represent some classes of nouns.

### "1" classifier handshape

The classifier of this upright index finger handshape (CL1) may represent a thin and/or tall object or a person, such as a person, a twig, a pole, a pen, a stick, etc.

Again, remember that a noun is first signed before its classifier can be used to represent its referent in a verb predicate.

### 2-claw classifier handshape

The handshape looks like this image above but its palm orientation is horizontal, not upright. This classifier may represent a group of pieces such as an animal, chair, a toilet, a rocking chair, a sitting person, etc.

### "B" classifier handshape

The classifier, using this handshape with the palm orientation facing down, is used to represent such objects as a picture, a paper, a table, a bed, etc.

### An example of the classifier phrases

Using a classifier is not limited to a handshape, but also can involve a location, a palm orientation, and/or a movement to convey more information.

The signer begins with the ASL word table [left image] and then assigns it a pronominal classifier (palm faced down) for the table. Notice that the signer uses the passive hand for the classifier because she uses the dominant hand for the next noun (cat).

The signer then utters the one-handed ASL word cat (the noun) and immediately assigns it a classifier. Notice that the signer still holds the passive-handed classifier for the table.

The bent-2 classifier represents the sitting cat. That is, in English, The cat is sitting below the table.

Or, "... sitting on the table".

Or, "... lying down on the table". The signer has changed the palm orientation of the classifier to represent a lying-down cat. If she lowers her eyelids at the same time she signs "lying down", it means the "the cat is sleeping on the table."

Learn and use classifiers in sentences as much as you can. The more you understand and comfortably use them, the more you enjoy this language. It also can significantly improve your expressive skills. ASL is vibrant and rich with classifiers.

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Also see depicting verbs.

Identify different classes of classifiers.

These are some ASL lessons, tutorials, and tips that ASL students and language enthusiasts can explore and learn some ASL on their own relaxing pace.

Seeking some challenges? Try some stories, fables, and others in ASL storytelling and poetry. Study a complex system of subtle eye gazes, role-shifting, classifiers, sentence structures, and other linguistic features as well as poetics.

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### Growing up speaking a language

Vocabulary: GROW-UP, LEARN+

Vocabulary of languages: ASL, ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, GERMAN, CHINESE (Mandarin, etc), fs-ARABIC, JAPANESE...

IX-me GROW-UP SPEAK FRENCH | ENGLISH. YOU GROW-UP SPEAK WHAT LANGUAGE?

MY MOTHER+FATHER TWO-THEY GROW-UP SIGN ASL | ENGLISH WRITTEN/WRITING.

MY SISTER CL:3-ix3 IX1 GROW-UP SPEAK DIFFERENT++ FIVE! LANGUAGE.