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American Sign Language | The Letter A | Phonics | Words that Begin with A


hi I’m Georgia now welcome to our we
play along series on the letters of the week this is a sign for a letter you
make it L and you’re going to tap your finger your pointer finger here
that’s a sign for letter and we’re gonna do a letter every week all 26 of them
we’re going to introduce you to lots of words and today we’re going to start
with the letter A okay so today we’re going to be doing the letter A now this
is the letter A and notice you have your thumb coming up the side of your hand
and a is a very special letter because it’s a vowel and it’s what we call one
of those super stars there are five well five-and-a-half vowels aeiou
and then sometimes y that act like the glue that hold all the
other letters together to make words so a can sound like the letter A and that’s
called a long a and we’re going to show that we’re kind of changing the ASL
everything else is really an ASL sign in our series but we’re going to adapt that
just a little bit and we’re going to show the long a on a long arm our short
a which sounds like ah we’re gonna do like a normal letter normally we would
sign all of our letters right here by our shoulder but when we do a long a
we’re gonna I’m gonna put it out here on this long arm all right so now the first
words that we have all start with a long a so it makes the sound of a and
this is the sign for apron when they developed ASL they tried to
make a lot of those signs look like what they were so what do we do with an apron
put it over and over our shoulder and we tie it maybe we tie it again right here
so this is a sign for apron so let’s use it in a sentence when I cook I like to
put on my apron so I don’t get everything all messed up you’ll ruin my
clothes our next a word is the sign for ape
this guy back here ape starts with a long a now this is a sign for monkey and
this is a sign for gorilla but ape is sort of like a general word so we’re
gonna do a combination of monkey and gorilla for the sign for ape so when I
go to the zoo I love to look at the ape airplane starts with a long a so
the sign for it okay if you were to do this put your thumb out your pointer up
and your little finger out this is a sign for I love you kind of like the
shorthand version of I love you which is kind of fun to do but if you move it
around it becomes airplane all right here’s an airplane landing here’s an
airplane taking off I love to get on an airplane and fly to see my children okay
so this is a sign for airplane now a like I said those were long a words
short a words when you have a short aid it’s the sound of ah ah
so our first word we’re going to do is this the word Apple so to sign Apple
you’re the a sound Apple you make this is the letter X you’re going to make it
little X hand here and you’re going to twist it at your cheek because a lot of
your fruit signs are down in here so this is the sign for Apple but she’s in
a sentence and apple a day keeps the doctor away one of my favorite out
animal signs is for Alligator this is safe for alligators because he’s got a
big mouth alligator okay so we go to the zoo and
we look at the Apes we also will probably go see an alligator hear that a
sound and the sign for animal I know put your hands up here at your
shoulder this is a generic term for animal so you put your hands up here and
you’re going to rock them in twice this is a sign for animal so it could be cats
bunnies birds bees fish are all animals hey remember when I do a sign you do a
sign because that’s how you’re gonna learn how to do it so animal now our
next sign all right am i angry you’re that a sound angry this is a sign for
angry so when you when you do this kind of your emotion science because your
face plays a very big part in what the sign actually means so when we sign the
word angry we have to look angry I get angry when when do I get angry I get
angry when I stub my toe alright because it’s I’m clumsy
alright the next word with our short a sound is afternoon okay this would be
the sign for morning this is the sign for night see the Sun is coming up the
Sun is going down but for afternoon it’s just like right here so this is noon so
then afternoon is just right to there the Sun hasn’t gone all the way down
it’s past noon but it’s right here so afternoon is right there in the
afternoon I like to eat a little snack now this next sign I’m going to show you
isn’t really ASL it’s more British but it’s using the a the short a sound in
the word okay so the sign this picture here is of an ant now most of our
insects are right this is a sign for insect we haven’t gone to the eyes yet
but you put your thumb on your nose and you wiggle your fingers right here and
there’s not a really specific sign for ant so normally we would finger spell it
a and T but I do like the British a British sign language for ant so you
make a hand right here and you put an A on top and you wiggle your fingers this
is a sign for ant because ants starts with the letter A okay so you put a and
I don’t like walking on top of an anthill I can’t imagine anybody doing
that okay you’re liking that now another word that could be pronounced ant or
sometimes it’s pronounced aunt depending on you that would an ant or an aunt
would be like your mom or your dad’s sister
so we use that same letter a and we’re going to put it by our chin because this
part of your of the face is where we do most of our female signs like girl is
here and mom is here what ant is down here by your chin because it’s yours
mom’s sister or your dad’s sister right so you’re gonna make a letter and you’re
going to shake your hand a little bit right here by your chin aunt aunt my
aunt Catherine lives in New Jersey now a can also make an O sound because
remember I talked about how those A’s they have multiple sounds like in the
word all ah it sounds like oo well the sign and I couldn’t figure out how to
make a picture for the word all so you just get the word all to do the sign for
all like all these words start with a letter A
you’re gonna put one hand out here and you’re gonna take this hand and you’re
gonna swoop it around it’s like you’re picking up all the words you’re gonna
pick up all the toys we’re gonna eat all the food this is a sign for all but when
we’re all done doing something and this is a great sign specially for the little
kids is you’re going to take both hands and you’re going to be flicking them out
like this like you’re all done I’m all done eating I’m all done playing I’m all
done sleeping this is all done so that’s the awesome now sometimes it can sound
like aah aah so even though it still is a letter a
it’s an O so the word again has that uh sound so the sign for again you can put
one hand out flat and this hand is going to come in and come to the middle so
we’re going to practice again and again and again until we get it right this is
again now the sign for a frayed member I was talking about emotions your face has
to look like it like you’re afraid this is a sign for afraid if your face has to
show that because if you were just to go with a big smile on your face you don’t
look very afraid do you know just like when you did angry if you had a big grin
on your face angry no it doesn’t fit so this would be angry but this is afraid
and our last a word that we’re gonna do is the sign for America it’s an America
you’re that bus sound it’s still a letter A but no it sounds like ah but to
do the sign for America you’re going to interlink all your fingers because all
50 states are together they’re together forever and so that’s why in ASL when
you do a big circle like that it’s like to show duration and America those 50
states are together forever so this is a sign for America
okay so practice and review because the next segment I’m going to be doing a
story where I’m gonna sign the words but I’m not gonna say what they are well I’m
going to do it two times the first time you’ll get a little picture clue up here
so that you’ll be able to know what the word is kind of it if you have to jog
your memory but then the second time I tell this story I’m just gonna be
signing them all the words okay so you might want to review and get ready to do
a kind of a goofy little story okay so you ready for this story okay I’m gonna
be telling this kind of a goofy little story and I’m gonna be leaving out the
words I’m only gonna sign them I’m not gonna say them so here we go once upon a
time my and took off her went to the airport and got on him and flew all the
way across to Florida that she went to the Everglades because she wanted to see
the big now the were really amazing animals when one of them started to run
toward her she got but she was far enough away that she felt safe she was
only a little bit the next she went to the zoo to see more one of the cart really when another took and spent day there her favorite was an
exhibit of these spent day gathering food and they marched back and forth
until they were and they lived happily ever after okay so how did you do did
you recognize the signs okay that time the first time you had a little bit of a
help with the pictures this time we’re gonna leave those pictures off I’m just
gonna it’s going to be basically the same story not word for work is going to
keep you on your toes but see if you can recognize the signs alright once upon a
time my and took off her went to the airport and boarded in to fly the way
across to Florida that she went to the elbe Everglades because she wanted to
see the they were really big and amazing the next day she went to the zoo because
she wanted to see more one of the got really when another took of the she’s spent at the zoo her favorite was
an exhibit on these little spent day gathering food and they march back and
forth until they were and they lived happily ever after okay so that was the letter A so be sure
you subscribe and you share this with your friends because each week we’re
going to be doing a new letter we’ve got 26 letters to do all right so next week
will be the letter B so stay tuned and have a great time signing play play play lost

2 Replies to “American Sign Language | The Letter A | Phonics | Words that Begin with A”

  • This is great. My son is doing letter of the week following 100 easy lessons and we'd been learning one of your nursery rhymes with each letter. Excited to add this next week (a) since this week is T and you haven't gotten there yet. Thank you so much.

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