Sign language and Deaf culture

Browse topics, tutorials, lessons, and tips that sign language students and language enthusiasts can explore or learn some sign language and Deaf culture, including history, technology, literature, and art. Tutorials in this section can be helpful in complementary with ASL students' offline and online courses.

First time? Quick how-to.

Search a topic in the filter/browse box or pick a tab for other categories of topics -- Beginners, Boosters, Literary Arts, Kid Signing.

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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.


how to write wh-questions in ASL

Fingerspelling is used for personal names, foreign (spoken) words, etc. It can be used when a beginner doesn't know an ASL word. To get started, learn the ABCs in ASL alphabet.

Sign Language

Signed language is a natural, full-fledged language in visual-spatial modality. It has all linguistic features (from phonology to syntax) as found in spoken language. It's the primary language of Deaf people in North America. More on American Sign Language. Learn about the myths and facts about sign language.


Signed languages have their own grammar that are different from spoken languages. E.g. ASL and English are two independent languages with their own structure, grammar, vocabulary and so on.

Random grammar tip:

For WH-questions, lower eyebrows and lean head slightly forward. Practice the grammar of wh-questions. Wh-question


Take a peek what the ASL number is: number.

Learn how to sign numbers 1 to 100.


If you have reached a basic conversational level, are you ready to learn how to use classifiers in sign language?

Deaf Culture

Where there is language, there is culture; sign language and Deaf culture are inseparable.

When learning sign language, become familiar with cultural appropriation to avoid inappropriate intentions and audism to be aware of. Learning sign language and Deaf culture comes with the process of allyship.