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ASL Basics – Learn How To Sign the Alphabet in Sign Language – With 4 Tips on Fingerspelling

Hello everybody! Welcome to ASL basics.
This would be a series of videos that will be made specifically for those
that are learning sign language for the first time, so let’s go ahead and learn
the alphabet. But before we begin I’m going to encourage all of you to not
only watch it but also to sign it as I’m doing the ABCs. So that’s going to help
you create the muscle memory so eventually as you do it enough that it
will just become automatic and you don’t even have to think about it.
Ready? Here we go, a-b-c-d-e-f-g again a-b c-d-e-f-g a-b-c-d-e-f-g Hopefully you’ve been
copying with me and that will again help you remember the letters. So now we’ll do
the next set h-i-j-k-l-m-n-o-p again h-i j-k-l-m-n-o-p again h-i-j-k-l-m-n-o-p Great,
let’s do the next set, q-r-s-t-u-v-w-x-y-z again q-r-s-t-u-v-w-x-y-z One more time q-r-s-t-u-v-w-x-y-z Great! So now we’re going to do the entire alphabet, ready? a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-j-k-l-m-n-o-p-q-r-s-t-u-v-w-x-y-z So now that we’ve finished with the entire alphabet I
encourage you to watch that entire A through Z again and practice practice
practice. Great! So now just four quick tips that will help you, a lot so the
first one is just to remember when your fingerspelling that your palm is
gonna be facing the person that you’re spelling to. So if you noticed it was ‘A’
my palms facing you be my palm is facing you so as you go through the outfit but
just keep in mind that your palm should be facing the person that you’re
fingerspelling to. Secondly, when you’re fingerspelling, most have a tendency to
bounce their letters for example a b c or “My name is Chris”, and they’ll bounce
their hand try not to do that it can be a little unsettling when you’re trying
to read somebody else’s fingerspelling So my third tip to you is to just don’t
go fast just slow and clear is much better than fast and not clear. Fourth
tip is to just fingerspell as much as you can throughout the day. For example
when I was starting learning sign language and the alphabet in particular,
we would just be driving in the car and we would seen us see a sign and we would
just finger spell that or license-plate numbers, anything that you see any word
just fingerspell, and that will really help you remember letters like outside
of the order of ABCs and to just produce words and not just letters. So
congratulations! Now you have learned the entire alphabet in American Sign
Language. So personally I would encourage you to practice the alphabet about one
time every day for the next three days. And then for once a week for the next
one month. So research has shown that if you do that it will help convert it from
your short-term memory to your midterm memory and eventually to your long-term
memory, and that’s when things just become automatic and you can just do it
without even thinking. So now that you know the alphabet and the letters, go
ahead and go and fingerspell as much as you can, and you know, don’t be afraid of
making mistakes just go out there and have fun and practice practice practice!
Until next time, see you later! So maybe you’ve noticed that when I
signed M and N my fingers were actually extended, when you look at it in books or
like older videos, you’ll see N and M so just in more recent years it’s changed
and modified a little bit, so the M and the N make it more clear to
differentiate it from the letter T

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