American Sign Language Grammar: “To Be Verbs”

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 by paul

Many people have asked us about how to sign verbs in American Sign Language (ASL).  Now, with most languages, a complete sentence would consist of at least one noun and one verb.  However, in many cases, American Sign Language doesn’t have verb conjugations.  And, there are NO “To be verbs” in ASL. In English, the […]

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“Time” in American Sign Language (ASL)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 by paul

Today’s lesson references the hand’s position/MOTION, for when you are signing “time” (future, past, or present), in American Sign Language (ASL).  Before you read the rest of this blog, PLEASE make yourself comfortable with how to sign the following words:  today, tomorrow, yesterday, before, past, future, recently, now, long ago, many years ago, and other […]

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Socializing With the Deaf Community

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 by paul

ASLdeafined offers the tools for you to learn vocabulary, sentence structure, fingerspelling, numbers, multiple meaning words, ASL grammar, etc.  While learning all of this information, it is also imperative that learners interact with the Deaf community. There should be a number of deaf events in your area for you to attend year-round.  Look online to […]

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Guess This Phrase…

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 by paul

Get the Flash Player to see this player. 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 […]

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It’s All in Your Face!

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 by paul

American Sign Language (ASL) has many unique attributes that helps signers with the understanding of expressed thoughts and ideas, such as the usage of facial expressions.  Now, not everyone will have their “face” (facial expressions) on all of the time.  However, the more expressions you exhibit, the greater the chance your message will be understood. […]

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American Sign Language: How Do You Sign Yes and No Questions?

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 by paul

American Sign Language is a dynamic language, having its own set of linguistic rules and principles.  Yesterday, we explored on how to sign a statement in ASL.  Now, I want to show you how to sign a “Yes or no” question in ASL.  Please keep in mind, you need to follow these simple rules while […]

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American Sign Language: Declarative Sentences in ASL

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 by paul

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. […]

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Myths About American Sign Language (ASL)

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 by paul

Myth #1:  American Sign Language is Universal. American Sign Language is not universal.  This myth is often shared by the majority of the hearing community.  American Sign Language is learned by the majority of the Deaf community in North America.  In addition, there are other countries that have adopted American Sign Language as their form […]

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

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 by paul

How well do you know American Sign Language (ASL)?  Do you know what Jonelle is signing? Get the Flash Player to see this player.

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American Sign Language Fingerspelling Strategies and Techniques

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 by paul

Using American Sign Language for fingerspelling can be difficult to master. Most people who learn ASL seem to have a problem receptively and expressively with fingerspelling.  Also, many times when a person starts to fingerspell, he/she tenses up and becomes unable to use it properly, while others avoid using fingerspelling altogether, and instead, they invent […]

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