Do You Know What Jonelle is Saying?

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Jonelle is one of our teachers at ASLdeafined.  She is the 5th generation of deaf in her family.  She is a very talented young lady.

Now, can you figure out what Jonelle is saying?  Some of you may have a difficult time because of the fingerspelling.  However, the more you practice, the more you will improve over time.  If you need more practice, we provide a huge amount of activities and practice opportunities on our website.  Each lesson consists of 15 themed vocabulary words, along with four activities for retention.  Additionally, we offer practice activities for  fingerspelling, ASL grammar, ASL dictionary with over 9,000 + videos, ASL culture, non-manual markers, facial expressions, classifiers, and much more.


Guess This Phrase…

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It is important in American Sign Language to use closure when figuring out what someone is signing.  In this “Guess This Phrase”, I will give you a hint.  The phrase is about food.  Now, if you are not understanding this phrase, do not worry.  ASLdeafined can help you with receptive skill practice.  We have a ton of lessons that focus on just that, receptive skills.  In addition, we have story time, fingerspelling practice, grammar, Deaf Culture, vocabulary enhancement exercises, and much more.  If you haven’t seen our site yet, please take a look.  You will absolutely love it.  Oh, and our dictionary is one of a kind.  We have over 9,000 video words with synonyms.  Not only will this help you understand ASL better, but it will help you reach your ultimate goal with American Sign Language.

If you ever have questions about ASLdeafined, please email us at [email protected] .  We are always here to help!


American Sign Language: Declarative Sentences in ASL

Learners of American Sign Language seem to have a difficult time understanding the structure of ASL.  For the next couple of posts, I will be discussing each type of sentence structure known to American Sign Language.  Then, I will give you a quiz to see how well you do at the end of each posting.

First of all, not everyone using American Sign Language signs “Pure” ASL.  Usually, deaf and hearing people alike will sign some version of ASL and Pidgin Signed English (PSE), which is using American Sign Language, but in English word order.  As a note, remember, ASL does not use words like, “be”, “am”, “or”, etc.  That would be more of a Signed English version of sign language.

Now, that leads us to our first sentence structure, “Declarative Sentences”.  A declarative sentence simply tells a statement, or makes a declaration.

There are a few ways to sign words in ASL.  One of the most important things to remember when learning American Sign Language is that every person will sign differently.  Here is a simple declarative sentence used in ASL:


  1.  Subject (Who or what)?
  2.  Verb (predicate)
  3.  Object

So, now you have the simple declarative statement structure in ASL (SVO).

Example of a declarative sentence in English and in ASL:

English:  Paul bought a car.

ASL:               Subject = Paul             Verb = Bought           Object = Car

Complete ASL Declarative Sentence:  Paul bought car


English:  The cup fell on the floor.

ASL:  Subject = Cup                Verb = Fell.                Object = Floor

Complete ASL Declarative Sentence:  Cup fall floor


English:  The store closes at 9:00 p.m.

ASL:  Subject = Store                        Verb = Close     Object (Time) = 9:00 night

Complete ASL Declarative Sentence:  Store close (time) 9:00 night

Now, are you ready for your quiz?

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On, we have ASL grammar exercises that help you understand the structure of American Sign Language.  If you have not seen these activities, please sign in and try them out for yourself.  (By the way, the answer for the quiz is:  “C”)

Do You Know This American Sign Language (ASL) Phrase?

How well do you know American Sign Language (ASL)?  Do you know what Jonelle is signing?

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