Learn American Sign Language: Beginner conversational words and phrases in ASL


Hello! Today I’m going to teach you
beginner ASL signs, so you can start communicating
using ASL, or American Sign Language. Are you ready?
And that’s the sign for “READY”? HELLO HI HOW ARE YOU? So that’s the sign for “how”
and then you point to the person “how are you?” GOOD. Or one-handed: “Good”. BAD. Turn your palm down: “bad” FINE “I’m fine” “so-so” “OKAY” – literally the handshapes for “O” and “K”. “Okay”. “I’m okay” “GREAT” or “WONDERFUL” “what’s up?” So it’s that “open-8”
handshape, from the shoulders: “what’s up?” “nothing” “busy” “busy” or “I’m busy” “not a lot” “what’s your name?” Though in ASL, it’s more literally: YOU NAME WHAT? and sometimes people add a “YOU” at the end as well. So: “what’s your name?” MY NAME (is) … and then you fingerspell your name. In my case, “Meredith”. If you have a sign name, you would then teach your sign name, so ME NAME and then as a beginner you’ll be fingerspelling your name. “nice to meet you” “nice to meet you” and you sign that toward the person. YES Nod your head “yes” NO – you can shake your
head “no” DEAF HEARING (or not deaf) and HARD-OF-HEARING. Somewhere in the
middle — “hard-of-hearing”. For example: “Are you deaf?”
“No, I’m hearing. Are you hearing?” “No, I’m deaf.” So you can sign “I’m hearing” and “I’m
learning ASL” so–that’s “I’m learning ASL”. Sign the
sign “learn” once, twice — I’ve seen both. Or “I WANT” — that’s the sign for “want”. “I want to learn ASL” “I want to learn ASL” or “I want to learn
sign” — so that’s “ASL” – American Sign Language. Sign language
generally speaking sign and then language or you might see it with a
different handshape: sign language. UNDERSTAND – like “I understand”. if you’re
nodding along — so “I understand”. The finger flicks like that up, Or “DON’T UNDERSTAND”
if you shake your head no — I don’t understand. So remember that shaking your
head like that means “not understand” PLEASE SORRY “sorry, I don’t understand.” please SLOW. slow AGAIN AGAIN. I’m going to show that again — an example: “Sorry, I don’t understand.” “Please sign again, slow.” I’ll do that
again this is useful: “Sorry, I don’t understand.
Please sign again slower.” THANK-YOU. “thank you” or sometimes two
hands – if really emphatic. “thank you” “see you later” so that’s SEE-you LATER. Thank you for watching! I hope that you
continue to learn ASL and I’ll see you later. Bye!


46 Responses

  1. Naima Presents

    May 30, 2019 2:10 am

    I am learning sign language , this my fisrt time learning it…i saw deaf guy in the store the other day…his phone was stolen and i couldnt help. I felt so bad…i am trying to learn it from my class as well as youtube. My causin is deaf too. I need to make deaf friends

  2. The Game Planet

    June 6, 2019 4:14 am

    I know nobody that is deaf nor have I crossed paths with anybody that is deaf, but she’s super hot and her voice is super soothing so I guess I’m learning sign language now

  3. Mish R.

    June 8, 2019 5:08 pm

    Thank you so much for these lessons. Do you have to use a particular hand? I noticed you mostly used your right hand, but what if your left-handed?

  4. Etornam Tsyawo

    June 10, 2019 12:43 pm

    I suddenly became interested in sign language yesterday. I have a cousin who is training to become a nurse. She told me about how they are taught sign language. She then showed me how to say "what is your name?, I like you, thank you". Then I thought how interesting it would be if I could communicate with someone who is deaf (sorry to say). How happy I will be!

  5. Barie Braymiller

    June 10, 2019 10:58 pm

    Thank you. Wonderfully done. You are so warm and kind in this video. Will watch again and again

  6. Galleon The Niffler

    June 12, 2019 7:50 pm

    You are the first person to teach sign language while talking.

    Thank you for that.

  7. G beez

    June 15, 2019 3:29 am

    I'm learning because I was a little mad at a store bagger when he dint do what i told him to. I realised soon that he was deaf & I couldn't even tell him I was sorry.. I vowed that night I wud learn asl.. The next day I went back and I apologized in sing laguage.. he was elated.. and we became friends since :). sadly he moved and i had no one to practice with anymore

  8. Chris P Bacon

    June 22, 2019 1:48 pm

    -hello , hi
    -how are you?
    -good , bad , fine , so-so , okay , great
    – whats up?
    – nothing , busy , not a lot
    – what is your name?
    – my name is XXX
    – nice to meet you
    – yes , no
    – deaf , hearing , hard of hearing
    – Are you deaf?
    – No i am hearing. I am learning asl
    – asl , sing language , sign
    – understand / dont
    – please , sorry , slow , again
    – sorry i dont understand
    – please sign again slower
    – thank you
    – see you later

  9. william graves

    June 24, 2019 4:16 am

    I like what your expessive face , act of body language.
    Use a b hand
    First finger touch the side of hair, to go a little up…

  10. Liliana Mendez

    July 2, 2019 2:29 am

    I'm not deaf not hard of hearing but I love learning ASL because I don't talk much at school and because I'm shy. And because just in case I want to help someone who is deaf.

  11. Belle Yanete

    July 11, 2019 8:25 am

    I wanna learn sign language to help people I encounter who are deaf tho I don't know anyone rn but maybe in a job where I might encounter a deaf person I'd like to help them out 😁

  12. Gina Santos

    July 15, 2019 10:23 pm

    I love this video! I was taking English Sign Language in high school and ASL in college. Some of these signs are coming back to me now…. I need to keep practicing. Is so much fun!!!! I'm subscribing right now!

  13. Enzo Colafrancesco

    July 18, 2019 12:04 am

    Since I started watching movie where they speak in asl I look every where how to learn asl but i couldn't find anything, then I find u. Ur way to teach is awesome and I will keep learning with ur videos

  14. Yashveer Wassan

    July 21, 2019 4:53 pm

    I’m learning sign language cause I’m bored I knew all these phrases except two so thank you for that

  15. oof 1

    July 21, 2019 9:08 pm

    hi i got a new friend and she is deaf i really really want to learn it just for her and to understand her and be closer as friends thanks dude for helping

  16. mitzi gtz

    July 30, 2019 4:46 am

    Wow I'm loving this chanel! I've always wanted to learn sign and you make it so easy to learn. Thank you!

  17. Celeste Rose

    August 2, 2019 6:33 pm

    Thank you for your videos. I am watching one a day, and I am learning so much. Your lessons are easy to follow, and you do not teach too many phrases or words so as to discourage me from learning. You're a great teacher, so thank you for posting these videos.

  18. miat789

    August 7, 2019 1:06 am

    Mmm so dumb question but does it matter what hand you sign it with when it’s a one hand sign ?

  19. chemoautotroph

    August 14, 2019 10:08 am

    I work in a big hospital in the IT department during the night, and spend most of my time walking around the place. In many ocasiona I have had patients or visitors approach me in the hallways asking for help, and being fluent in english, Spanish, and Portuguese has been very handy. Learning ASL and sign will be a big plus. I happen to have two co workers who are deaf and are more than happy to help me practice. Thank you for helping me too

  20. Lani The Average

    September 2, 2019 5:44 am

    Thank you for creating this video, it really helped, I'm learning ASL this year as a freshman in highschool, my ASL teacher is deaf, she can read lips, but, for basic conversation I want to make it easier for her, plus, it will help later in the year, so again, thank you for making this helpful video 😁

  21. Bruce Morris

    September 14, 2019 7:44 pm

    I have been deaf for 10 years now. I am 60 years old. I started going to a asl class but I quit cuz I was the only deaf person in the class and the teacher would spend all her time teaching everybody that could hear. She would just give me papers to learn. To the hearing people in the class she would say a word and then show them the sign. What good is that to a deaf person. I like the way you teach so I’m going to watch your videos. Thanks for helping.

  22. Raul Petru

    September 24, 2019 12:48 pm

    She signs "you name what" but I thought it should be "your name what". There are different signs for "you" and "your". What's the correct way to sign What's your name?

  23. The Chaffins Family

    September 27, 2019 4:47 pm

    I have a hard of hearing friend, and I want to be able to talk to her. Thank you for helping me start to learn sign

  24. Veronica Clephas

    October 2, 2019 6:19 am

    Wanting to learn sign because 1) I find it interesting and 2) I've had several customers who would have a better experience not having to point or communicate with pen and paper


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