Level: Beginner I

Expressing manners and etiquette in sign language

Learn how to express manners, using ASL phrases such as "I'm sorry", "you're welcome", etc.

Expressing appreciation in ASL

Gloss: thank-you or thanks

ASL: welcome
English equivalent: you are welcome

There is no need to sign you since it is already understood in general contexts. When somebody says "thank you", you reply welcome in ASL.

Do not say your welcome in ASL. Understandably, it is common to see some English-speaking people saying "ur welcome" or "your welcome" in North America because it comes from the sound of you're welcome where it is the contraction of you are welcome. It might sound okay, if not strictly incorrect, in English, but it absolutely does not look right in ASL.

Expressing apologies in ASL.

Gloss: ix-me sorry.

English equivalent: I am sorry.

Gloss: sorry

This is often used when referring to oneself rather than including the pronoun.

ASL vocabulary

Open the Handspeak's dictionary in another browser window. Learn the following words that you will use the phrases later.

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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.

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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.