LEARN in sign language

How to sign "learn" in American Sign Language (ASL)? And, how to learn ASL.

ASL signs for "learn"

Definition: to gain knowledge (of something) or acquire skill in (something).

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant, loosely half open hand, palm down, in contact with non-dominant palm-up palm. The dominant hand moves toward the upper side head where top of dominant hand is in contact with the forehead and the handshape is now "flat-O".

A plural form, meaning "in the process". E.g. "I've been learning a lot." Or "I am still learning."

Verb inflection: to learn from (her/him, etc.) You can change the direction of the palm orientation to indicate whom one learns from who.




learn a lesson:

Meaning: Profit from experience, especially an unhappy one.

Sign Language Learning

In addition to the ASL dictionary, this online resource has tutorials in the blog section where hearing students can learn in complementary with offline or online courses. In this section, here are some links to sign language learning topics.

What are the ways to learn sign language? There are several ways that you can overlap them for most optimal learning. For ASL learners and students, discover some learning strategies in classrooms. How to support yourself and your classmates through cooperative and collaborative learning.

How long does it take to learn ASL? Learning a signed language is no different from learning a spoken. It takes few to several years to become an intermediate level and many years to decades to become fluent for leaners. Native signers are ones who were born and raised speaking full-fledged ASL or other signed language as their first languages every day in family life and schools for the deaf.

How hard or easy is it to learn sign language? Before signing up for the ASL 101 or equivalent classes, most of our students thought it would be easy to learn it. Somewhere during the near-middle of the semester, most of the students admitted it's rated as "fairly hard" and some "fairly easy". "Hard" or "really hard" for the few others and pretty easy for the few ones. This curve is similar to other foreign or second languages, such as German, Spanish, and French.


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Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

How to write ASL for LEARN

Written ASL digit for "LEARN". [Contributed by ASLwrite, 2019]

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Search Tips and Pointers

Search/Filter: Enter a keyword in the filter/search box to see a list of available words with the "All" selection. Click on the page number if needed. Click on the blue link to look up the word. For best result, enter a partial word to see variations of the word.

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Alphabetical letters: It's useful for 1) a single-letter word (such as A, B, etc.) and 2) very short words (e.g. "to", "he", etc.) to narrow down the words and pages in the list.

For best result, enter a short word in the search box, then select the alphetical letter (and page number if needed), and click on the blue link.

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Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word with a different initial letter.

If you cannot find (perhaps overlook) a word but you can still see a list of links, then keep looking until the links disappear! Sharpening your eye or maybe refine your alphabetical index skill. :)

Add a Word: This dictionary is not exhaustive; ASL signs are constantly added to the dictionary. If you don't find a word/sign, you can send your request (only if a single link doesn't show in the result).

Videos: The first video may be NOT the answer you're looking for. There are several signs for different meanings, contexts, and/or variations. Browsing all the way down to the next search box is highly recommended.

Video speed: Signing too fast in the videos? See HELP in the footer.

ASL has its own grammar and structure in sentences that works differently from English. For plurals, verb inflections, word order, etc., learn grammar in the "ASL Learn" section. For search in the dictionary, use the present-time verbs and base words. If you look for "said", look up the word "say". Likewise, if you look for an adjective word, try the noun or vice versa. E.g. The ASL signs for French and France are the same. If you look for a plural word, use a singular word.