EASY in Sign Language

The words for 'easy' in most spoken languages and signed languages are kind of easy like "easy" in English, "facile" in French, "einfach" in German, "lehko" in Ukrainian, "laykht" in Yiddish, and and this one in ASL.

Printable ASL sign for EASY

Why? Maybe not to contradict with the concept itself?

ASL sign for EASY

"What is the sign for 'easy'?"

Definition: Achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties.

Related signs: easy as pie, EFFORTLESS, SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD.

Opposite: HARD and DIFFICULT.

Deaf Humor

How is it easy to learn sign language? See the comics below for a short answer or the article for a long version.

easy learning
Image with permission from Matt and Kay Daigle. thatdeafguy.com

A common misconception is that some hearing people think that learning a signed language is easy. Sure, for the first few signs or several signs (no different for any spoken languages) up to the beginner level. After that, good luck if not persistent.

Then after that, you sweat all the way to the interpreting level. This fluent level is about halfway away from the native level. It's still difficult to interpret for a native-level, fast-talking, culturally Deaf who was born into and grew up in a Deaf family, Deaf community, and Deaf schools which is a minority of a minority. :)

Contrary to the assumption, signed languages are not easier to learn than spoken languages.

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.]

ASL written for EASY

Written ASL digit for "EASY" contributed by Adrean Clark in the ASLwrite community, 2018.

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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).

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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.