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American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of Deaf communities in the United States and most of Anglophone Canada. Besides North America, dialects of ASL and ASL-based creoles are used in many countries around the world, including much of West Africa and parts of Southeast Asia. ASL is also widely learned as a second language, serving as a lingua franca. ASL is most closely related to French Sign Language (LSF). It has been proposed that ASL is a creole language of LSF, although ASL shows features atypical of creole languages, such as agglutinative morphology.

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ASL is not a silent language. It is visual, it's spoken with gestures and movements.

Contributed by Ayanna Julian

ASL is ranked as a Category 2 Language, making it harder (for English speakers) to learn than Spanish, Italian, French and German.

Contributed by Emily Williams

The silent language

a fun and easy language to learn!!!

Contributed by Caitlyn Sosinsky

really excited for this, November 17.

Contributed by Sharon Galeano

This is a great ASL dictionary and it also has a religious signs dictionary and quizzes you can take to help you practice!

Contributed by Meghan Hovell

It's a little long, but it provides great early signs for your babies and you can just fast forward it to the parts you want

Contributed by Ashlee Beige Overlin

This video is so inspirational. Learning ASL has done nothing but benefit me as a person. The Deaf community is extremely close. Deaf people take pride in their situation and we should have the up-most respect for these wonderful people.

Contributed by Rebeka Cunningham

This is a big Deaf Pride Quote

Contributed by Katie Harper Broussard

The graph above is accurate. If you would like to learn how to spell in american sign language I would study the hands above.

Contributed by Chelsea Mickayla Stevens

Keith Wann is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) who makes his living doing stand-up comedy in ASL.

Contributed by Sam Bame

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