Start ASL Dictionary
"Beginning and ending a thought"
The first sign is what you would use at the beginning and the second sign is what you would use at the end of a story or anecdote that you want to show as an internal thought or dream.
Are you a student?
Are you deaf?
Are you learning sign language?
Are your parents Deaf?
ASL Alphabet (A-Z)
Can you (please) sign slower?
Can you (please) sign that again?
Can you fingerspell that again?
Can you read lips?
This sign can be made by moving from your ear to your chin or from your chin to your ear.
This is the sign for "BYE" in ASL.
This is the sign for HELLO in ASL.
How are you?
How did you lose your hearing?
How old are you?
I am 20 years old.
I don't understand.
This is signed as "I UNDERSTAND" with the negative facial expression. The sign DON'T is already implied with the facial expression, so it does not need to be signed.
My name is Deborah (name sign).
The phrase is signed here as: "MY NAME D-E-B-O-R-A-H (name-sign)". This is used as an example. Deborah fingerspelled her name first and then gave her name sign, which is the D-handshape moving in a curl downward from her head to indicate curly hair. You can learn more about Name Signs in ASL 1 - Unit 3.
Nice to meet you.
The phrase is signed here as: "NICE MEET YOU." This phrase can also be signed as "NICE MEET" with MEET signed with the back of your dominant hand facing you and the back of your non-dominant hand facing the person you are meeting. When MEET is signed directionally this way, signing YOU is not necessary.
No, I'm not deaf, I'm hearing.
Once upon a time
See you later.
This sign refers to sign language or signing, not a sign like a stop sign.
Take care of yourself.
There is no sign for that, you need to fingerspell it.
What does that mean?
This is signed as "MEANING?" with the wh-word question facial expression. The rest of the words are implied with the facial expression, so it is only necessary to sign MEANING in this phrase.
What is your name?
What is your teacher's name?
Where are you learning sign language?
Who is your teacher?
Why are you learning sign language?
Write it please.
You sign very fluently.
This is signed as "YOU SIGN-FLUENT". The "SIGN-FLUENT" sign is very ASL. There is no direct-word translation of this sign to English. This sign is used to describe someone's signing as fast and smooth. You can create this sign by starting with both of your hands in the the S-handshape, opening your hands into the 5-handshape, wiggling your fingers slightly, and closing them into the S-handshape again. Depending on your facial expressions and body movements, this sign can mean "FLUENT,""very-FLUENT," or "exceptionally-FLUENT," for example.