Level: General

About HandSpeak and the Creator

author: jolanta lapiak HandSpeak® is a sign language web site or web app, comprising American Sign Language (ASL) online dictionary, tutorials, fingerspelling, Deaf culture, literary arts (storytelling, poetry, and other creative works), ASL writing, and more. Created in 1995 in Connecticut/New York (and later relocations), it's one of the oldest websites on the Internet that is still around today!

About the creator and ASL instructor

author: jolanta lapiak

Handwave, my name is Jolanta Lapiak. With the short version, I'm...

More? Here is the fatter version:

I love sign language! I live, breathe, create, and speak in sign language. Uncountable hours and days, endless passion have flowed into this Handspeak site/app over the past 25 years.

Fun facts

What is your typing speed? Words per minute is about 80-90 wpm.

Related posts

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New to sign language? "Where do I start?" or "How do I start learning sign language?" This ASL Rookie guide lists some selected links to the tutorials for ASL beginners to get started and keep rolling. It may be a useful review for intermediate-level learners and ASL students as well.

Some tutorial pages are a mix of free and premium versions. Access to premium content and links below are available in the PatronPlus subscription. More links/posts will be added from time to time.

Expressing needs and wants

  1. Making commands or requests

Talking about activities

  1. Frequency of time: how often?

Are you able to carry everyday conversations in ASL? Are you a student in the intermediate levels and beyond, who wishes to boost up your signing skills? You've come to the selected tutorial series. (Some premium content are available to PatronPlus membership.)

Stories, poems, performance arts, etc. in sign language.

This documentation project follows a child's language acquisition, literacy development, and phonological acquisition in sign language, specifically ASL, from newborn to age five in a natural native-ASL environment and visual culture.