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How To Learn Sign Language

1a. Beginner ASL Lesson One Part I: Vocabulary


Hi everyone, I’m Laura Berg. I’m super
excited to bring you this beginner American sign language course I’ve been
wanting to do this for a long time and now thanks to funding from YouTube I’m
finally able to make it happen. So, along with my friend, Regent Gendron, we’re
going to teach you American Sign Language Now I’m going to let Regent introduce himself My sign name is Regent R-E-G-E-N-T I was born Deaf. I’ve been an ASL teacher for 25 years I’m happy that Laura and I will be able to teach you some ASL. My family. My wife is also Deaf. I have kids, a boy and a girl, they are CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) Their first language is ASL. I think ASL is beautiful! Are you ready? Okay, so the way this course is going to
work is Regent is going to teach me sign language. So, I’m going to be the student,
just like you’re the student. So I’m going to copy what Regent signs and you’re going to copy it along with me. Now make sure that you do it at home because if you don’t
it’s gonna be harder for you to learn. Now, along the way I might stumble or it
might get signs wrong this will allow Regent the opportunity
to correct me. So just as you’re starting to learn sign language you will get
things wrong you might stumble this will help you kind of understand common
mistakes. Now, feel free to pause and rewind as much as you want you can also
slow it down if it’s a bit too fast, you can do that in the settings. And feel
free to watch these videos over and over and over again until you feel confident
that you’ve learned what the lesson is teaching you. Alright, let’s begin! hello There are no rules No rules for how you sign hello. It’s up to you, it depends on your personality. So, there’s no real rules on how you say
hello, it depends on your personality Hello, or hello or hello, it doesn’t matter, it depends on what you’re comfortable with. name I or my your we they he or she You have to set them up first Show my sister, there, then you can keep pointing there when referring to your sister. If you’re talking about two people, for example, my father, there and my mother, there. Then you just point to where you placed the people. So, with he and she, what you do is you
set them up. So, if you’re talking about your brother, you would sign brother and
then point. And if you’re talking about your sister and point. And then whatever
you were talking you would just reference those points. It’s important to not constantly be signing, my brother, my brother, my brother… Once you set them up you’re done, just reference those points. So once you set them up then you’re done. You don’t have to constantly be, my brother, my brother, my brother, my brother, nice meet you okay again who what why where when how Some sign, how yes no deaf hearing student teacher understand don’t understand How are you? thank you you’re welcome In the Deaf community when signing please or thank you If you give me something I would say thank you by nodding my head. Nodding my head it means ‘thank you’ When you say thank you to me I would sign you’re welcome (thumbs up) Why this is important for you to understand is because Sometimes when little kids are with a teacher and the teacher gives them something the child will nod his or her head to say ‘thank you’ but the teacher gets mad because they think the child forgot to say thank you. But really, the child did say ‘thank you’ by nodding his or her head. The teacher missed the thank you because she didn’t understand. So the deaf community often uses
informal signs so it would be a head nod for thank you or like this for you’re
welcome, like that. And Regent was saying that sometimes kids if you give them
something and they’ll say like this instead of thank you and then the adult
will get mad at them because they didn’t say thank you but they did, they
actually nodded their head. So, it’s important to be aware of that in the
Deaf community that you might not necessarily get a you’re welcome or
thank you you’ll get a or slow Okay, so now I’m going to put the
vocabulary words up on screen now you want to try and sign them before Regent
shows you the sign to test your knowledge. Okay, let’s begin. hello name I or my your we they he or she nice meet you okay again who what when why how yes No deaf hearing student teacher understand don’t understand how are you thank you you’re welcome slow Alright guys, thanks for watching. We hope you enjoyed this lesson now if you’re confident in the vocabulary words that
you just learned please feel free to move on to lesson 2, which we will be
putting those vocabulary words into sentences. If you’re not quite ready
that’s okay just go back and review this lesson you can review it as many times
as you like. Alright guys – have a great day, bye.

33 Replies to “1a. Beginner ASL Lesson One Part I: Vocabulary”

  • Learning this awesome language with my daughter it’s going to be amazing ! Thank you so much for this, to both of you. 💕

  • Listen to feed back!
    will only get better and easier for people who are trying to learn while in the bathroom or something you know you're on YouTube teaching all different types of people you're going to plant seeds good seeds.
    This is great TY.

  • I really enjoyed this! There are just a couple of things. 1) when Regent was talking (so to speak) I wished that there were subtitles to say what it was he was saying. I know you explained what he meant, but I would still love to see subtitles. There were some signs that I would have liked to know what it meant. For example one looked like he was washing his hands. I never saw that before and wonder what it meant. Not having subtitles during the test is fine of course. The second thing is that there were some signs that can be done in two different ways, like "how" for example. Would they be done in certain situations? For example do one "how" for "How are you?" and the other "how" for "How does that work for you?" or doesn't it matter. Not having what I said will not stop me from watching and learning of course, just thought it would be nice especially the subtitles when Regent was signing. Well that's it. Great job both of you!! I look forward to watching and learning from the other videos!!!!!

  • Yo these are great. My 21 mo understood and signed everything in this video. We are a hearing family but started doing baby sign language before he was a year old. Keep up the great work!

  • Awesome! So glad you’ve started! I will be using a lot of your tips to teach a basic sign language workshop (4 days) to 8-14 year olds in my church. 👍😎 Thanks so much! LOCE this!

  • Perhaps this is a stupid question, but the sign for 'student' shown here was told to me to be the sign for throw away. I'm really confused.

  • Absolutely love this series! It's awesome that you took the time to actually make this, you guys are awesome!! 💛 I've been trying to learn to help others at my work. I currently only know the alphabet

  • Hi Laura, I'm trying to learn ASL. I was just wondering if there are multiple ways to say something as I have seen in other videos that some things are signed differently. It's just confusing me a little bit. Thank you so much, your videos are great!

  • Thank you for this I really am interested in the culture I guess I could say of deaf people and hope to learn the langue to maybe help someone one day

  • Hi. It’s great that you’re doing this. I have been trying to learn asl on my own and I love it. My kids learn from me too. I had a question about a moment in this vid. During the review, when he/she was shown. He went on and on in asl. I had no idea what he was saying so he/she made no sense. Are there generic signs for he/she? If yes what are they?

  • Thank you for these videos. My 2 year old has hearing difficult so this means a lot that you can allow us to communicate better. It really means a lot

  • I truly appreciate your help and time given to teach ASL. Especially to teach it free of charge. I have such overwhelming gratitude for that.

  • Thank you for this! I've been wanting to learn for some time and decided to see what youtube had, when i found these videos! Thanks Laura and Regent!

  • Thanks it helped a lot to introduce everyday situations despite showing the vocabulary. Saying how to mark he or she and that a head nod and thumbs up will be a sign of appreciation makes it much easier to understand 🙂

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