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First time? Here is a visual quick how-to guide when searching a word, for example "handspeak".
Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word with a different initial letter.
Video speed: Signing too fast in the videos? See HELP in the footer.
Don't know what a sign mean? Search ASL to English reverse dictionary to find what an ASL sign means.
To start with the First 100 ASL signs, and continue with the Second 100 ASL signs, and further with the Third 100 ASL signs.
Browse phrases and sentences to learn vocabulary and grammar and how its sentence structure works.
Watch how a bilingual kid acquires ASL in the growing Kids' ASL Wordbook, including some time-lapse words, drawings, darndest cute sentences, stories, and more.
This dictionary is not exhaustive; the ASL signs are constantly added to the dictionary. If you don't find the word/sign, you can send your request via email. Browse the alphabetical letters or search a signed word above.
Regional variation: there may be regional variations of some ASL words across the regions of North America.
Inflection: most ASL words in the dictionary are a "base", but many of them are grammatically inflectable within ASL sentences.
Contextual meaning: These ASL signs in the dictionary may not mean the same in different contexts and/or ASL sentences. You will see some examples in video sentences.
ASL is very much alive and indefinitely constructable as any spoken language. The best way to use ASL right is to immerse in daily interaction with Deaf Ameslan people (ASLers).