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25 Most Common Signs in ASL | 100 Signs You Need to Know (part 4) | Directional Signs Explained

So today is the last video in a four part
series of learning the first 100 signs that you need to know. Today we are going to be learning the 25 most
common signs that you will need to know for everyday conversation. So, lets go ahead and get on with the basics. As I had mentioned, today is the last video
in a four part series of 100 signs that you need to know. That means that by the end of today’s lesson
you will have learned 100 signs! That is an incredible start, and with those
100 signs you will be able to have real meaningful conversations with other people. If you have by chance missed out on any of
the previous lessons in this series, I will have a link to it in the description down
below but I will also have a card that will pop up right here of a playlist that has all
four of them lined up in a row. And if you’ve been finding these videos
helpful, please like and subscribe to the channel. That way you don’t miss out on any of the
future lessons. And as always if you want to get the most
out of this lesson I would encourage you to shadow the signs, which means that you sign
them as I sign them. To go back and review this video and also
to share this video with a friend so you are able to practice with someone in person. And doing just those 3 things will really
help solidify what you learn in these videos. And be sure to stick around until the end
of the video because I have another challenge for you and I will also teach you what directional
signs are and also how to use them. So with all of that said and done lets go
ahead and jump right in to the 25 most common signs. So the first two signs are going to be Yes
and No. The sign for Yes is like this. Just think of your head nodding up and down
for yes. How to sign No, is you take 3 fingers like
this and you’ll pinch them together like this. No no no no, no. The next sign is Maybe, so you can kind of
think of the decision for yes and no in each hand and they go back and forth. Maybe. The next two signs are going to be for Deaf
and Hearing. For Deaf it’s going to be pointing from
your ear down to the corner of your mouth. And for this it can either be from the ear
to the mouth or from the mouth to the ear. Deaf. For Hearing you will take your index finger
and it’ll go like this on your chin for hearing. Hearing. So the next sign is Can. Now understand that this is the verb can,
as in I can do something or I can ride a bike. I can. The next sign is Try. You’ll make A handshapes and you’ll twist
them in like this for Try. Kind of think like a motorcycle. Try. The more English way of signing that is actually
with the T handshape for try, but predominantly and most commonly it is signed with A handshapes
like this. Try. So the next sign is for help which is actually
a really good example of how to use directional signs. Remember I’ll cover that after the 25 signs
and I would encourage you to stick around because directional signs are something that
we use quite often in Sign Language. Anyways, the sign for Help is you just make
a thumbs up with one handshape and you make a flat handshape with the other and you go
like this for Help or Help. The next sign is Start so for me I think of
sticking a key in the ignition and starting a car, I’ll show you what I mean. So you make this handshape like this you’ll
take your index finger like this and you’ll stick it in the ignition and start the car. So it’s like Start or also sometimes you’ll
see it like this handshape and you’ll start. Start or start. Which leads into the next sign, Finish. Finish. So the next word that we will learn and this
actually has two different signs depending on how you are using the word. So for example, if you’re asking a question
as in, What are we going to do? You will do this sign, do. The other way you would sign do is like this. So think of this more as action as, I’m
doing the thing that I’m talking about. So you have the question, Do? And then you have the action or the verb,
do. So the next sign we will learn today is Feel. You’ll just take your middle finger like
this and you’ll rotate on your heart like this for feel. If you want to learn more about how to sign
feelings or emotions just let me know in the comments down below and if enough of you would
like to learn about that I can make a lesson all about feelings and emotions. The next sign we will learn is Go. You just take your two index fingers and you
will point to where you want to go. Go. Next we will learn Have. You would just take closed five handshapes
and you put them against you chest like this. Have. Have. The next two signs I will teach you are a
little similar and can be confusing to new learners of the language so I’ll try to
help differentiate them here. The first one is Live. So this is just how you would use it in a
sentence like, Where do you live? or I live somewhere. So you take the L handshape and you’ll go
up your body like this for live. The other one is Life. So for this you would use the A handshape
same gesture you go up your body like this for life and you would use that sign just
as you would for the word life. Live, and Life. The next sign is Make. You just make fists with your hands like this
and you’ll twist them one on top of the other for Make. So we’re almost there we just have 8 more
signs to learn. The next one is Want. So this is actually really natural to do you
just reach out for what you want and you bring it to you. Want. On the other hand if you absolutely need it
you would make the X handshape and you would go down like this for Need. The more you need it the faster you sign,
Need. So the next sign is Will, as in I will go
do that thing I’ve been procrastinating to do forever. So the sign is just a closed five handshape
and it goes out like this. And remember from the previous video that
going forward means that you’re going forward in time. So you can use that to help you remember the
sign Will. The next sign we will learn is Work. Again we will make fists with both hands and
we will go like this on top of our nondominant hand for Work. The next sign I will show you actually has
two different ways of actually signing it. The proper way that you might learn in a classroom
would be, Know, and you would just tap your forehead right here. The way you will probably see it in the real
world will probably be on the cheek down here. Know. And you’ll see this with a lot of signs. Another good example is Teacher or Student. So teacher technically comes out from the
head and then down, for Teacher. And Student, is suppose to go all the way
up to your head and then you do the sign for person, Student. But in everyday conversation, most people
don’t sign it that way they just sign it more at chest level, like teacher or student. And the last two signs we will learn today
is Not. Not, and Understand. Understand. And you can even combine those two for don’t
understand or not understand. Another way of signing I don’t understand
is by doing the sign understand but shaking your head no. I don’t understand. And there you have it those are the 25 most
common signs that you need to know for everyday conversation. So let’s do a real quick recap of all 25. Yes No Maybe Deaf Hearing Can Try Help Start
Finish Do or Do Feel Go Have Live Life Make Want Need Will Work Know Don’t know Not
Understand. Okay so now that we have finished learning
all 25 signs as I promised I will teach you a little bit about directional signs. So I will use the example of the sign for
help. Remember I had mentioned that that is a directional
sign. So what I mean by that is it changes meaning
or the way that you sign it can change what it means. So for example if I’m asking for someone
to help me I would bring that help and bring it to me, Help me. Or if I wanted to help you I would reverse
it I would bring my help and I would bring it to you, Help you. Now you could also do that for, Help that
person over there. I’m going to help him. Or I’m going to go help her. And one last one for help if you’re screaming
for help you would just do that as loudly and as quickly and as vigorously as you could. Help! So that’s a quick introduction to directional
signs and they actually become pretty intuitive the more you become familiar with them and
just another quick example the sign for Go. That can also be a directional sign. For example, I’m going to go over there. Or I’m going to go over there. Or again if you’re really infattic about it
you can say Go go go go go and so that just goes to show how you sign it can actually
change the meaning of that sign. So I hope you find that helpful moving forward
and as I had mentioned before I do have another challenge for you. So now that we have made it to the end all
four videos and you now have an understanding of all 100 signs. I want to challenge you to use what you have
learned so far and go have a conversation with someone that is deaf. I know that might feel intimidating, and you
may feel very nervous but going forward and using what you’ve learned so far is going
to really make a difference in making advancement and making progress in the language and that
really is the fastest way to achieve fluency in the language. And again I hope that you have shadowed the
signs as we had gone through this lesson and I encourage you to go back and review this
in a couple days so you can refresh your memory and really solidify what you’ve learned
and also don’t forget to share this video with somebody that you personally know so
you will have a similar vocabulary and you will be able to practice with one another. And if you’re interested in learning even
more vocabulary you can go check out some of my previous videos where I’ve taught
how to sign colors and numbers and letters, animals and there’s another really fun one
I did where we went to the beach and we learned all kinds of beach related signs. So I will have links to all of those videos
down in the description down below. Or if you’re that kind of person to just
binge through everything I have everything in one giant playlist, right there. And if you’re goal is to attain fluency
in as little time as possible you might want to check out my free guide 6 Steps to Sign
Language Fluency. It’s completely free and you can get to
it in the link in the description down below. And if you really want to take this up to
the next level both my wife and I offer 1 on 1 tutoring. So if you would like more details about what
that program is like, again I’ll leave the details in the description down below. And of course if you’ve been finding these
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  • This week's challenge is to use what you have learned and have a conversation with someone that is deaf. Is this something you have already done? What was your experience like?

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