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Four-Letter Word Practice for American Sign Language Alphabet (ABC, ASL, fingerspelling)

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100 Replies to “Four-Letter Word Practice for American Sign Language Alphabet (ABC, ASL, fingerspelling)”

  • Fingerspelling is always one of the hardest things to learn. Only by practicing over and over can we get good at it. So, keep practicing! *smile*

  • Ha ha. Yes, the trick is definitely to catch the first and last letters and anything in between. *grin* Good luck with learning!

  • @BYUFanatic I enjoy your videos. Regarding answers, many math textbooks have a mix of problems with answers and problems without. If you have time, I would like to see you create a similar video with answers at the end. See which video is more popular after a few months. Is it better for 1000 people to watch a lesson 12 times each or 4000 people to watch a lesson 3 times each?

  • @dumbunny8128 That's a good suggestion. I actually do have "answers in the back of the book" for these fingerspelling videos. To get the answers, simply sign up for Month One on my website.

  • @fuufii LOL. That's why I have these practice videos, so that you can learn to put all the letters together and see complete words. Keep practicing, you'll get it!

  • @lordsmyshepard15 Awesome! Glad you're picking it up. *smile* Glad your teacher is using my videos as a warm-up too. That's GREAT!

  • just starting asl–love your teaching–very precise and descriptive. Can I access your videos without having to sort thru all others to find BYU???

  • @sgrroseleaf Glad you enjoy my teaching. When I'm unable to interact with the viewer, it's important that I be as clear and precise as possible. *smile* You can always access my videos simply by going directly to my channel or you can go to my website.

  • Awesome video, I find it extremely helpful to sign along with you while watching your videos. Helps so much. At first I thought the speed was a little fast, but the more I practiced, the more saw your words as actual words and not just me spelling out letters in my head.

  • @OHAITHEREITSME Take a closer look. the E has the index finger on the knuckle of the thumb while the O has all the fingertips touching. Check my ABC video for correct handshapes if you need clarification. Good luck!

  • Good for practice. Thx. My concern is that a lot of the words you chose to fingerspell have signs for them so I wouldn't have to "read" them in real life. Is there any way you would make a vid for fingerspelling receptive skills with words that would more commonly be spelled, like proper nouns?

  • You have wonderful fingerspelling! I've been trying really hard to fingerspell more quickly and I think my problem is that I don't move my fingers big enough? Anyway, thanks for these videos. I'm glad to report that my fingerspelling has gotten a tiny bit better since I commented on the three-letter word practice video. 😀

  • This is amazing! My fingerspelling is rather fast due to a lot of practicing on my own, but my reading skills are far lacking. I was feeling discouraged until I saw that I could read what you were saying as entire words. Thanks for the great video!

  • @alexwilbur Actually, a lot of these words can be fingerspelled at any time. It's not about the particular words I chose but rather learning to recognize letter combinations. 🙂

  • I can't even understand the first word? I can only see three letters…I'm actually so confused. The first letter doesn't look like any letter I've seen before. He is spelling them out, right? :S

  • @m224601 Yes, I am spelling them out. *smile* Perhaps you might want to start with my fingerspelling video, then check out my 3-letter word videos before doing this one. That might help.

  • Hi…. I am taking a ASL course in the Netherlands right now… Although we use fingerspelling here, it is still pretty difficult… Anyway: Is there a list to see if I am correct with trying to see what was fingerspelled?!

  • I took two quarters of ASL in college 7 years ago and I've recently restarted my studies. (I'm HOH and I'm beginning to need to use ASL more than just wanting to.) Fingerspelling has always been my weakness. Your videos are immensely helpful. Thank you! 🙂

  • This was great, thanks! Do you do any at a faster speed? I'm in ASL 4, so I understood you, but I'd love some practice at "Deaf speed" =)
    (No, I'm not being mean, random YouTuber, this is what I've seen various Deaf people refer to their fastest speed as.)

  • Hi Rob, i need some help learning ASL… i run this small center where i invite people to teach kids… I have two deaf and mute kids who signed up… can you help me by sending videos so i can teach them?

  • Thank you for doing this! This is so much better then letters flashed on a screen. By doing this I am forced to consider the hand movement and the lighting. 🙂

  • This is a lot of really good practice. The only problem is the angle that you're signing at. Sometimes its hard to see what letter you're Signing.

  • I loved this video! Im just learning how to sign and I got every word (with definite pauses sometimes haha) although i had an issue with "bone" for awhile. I'm hoping that was right…i think it was #49. Still though, I learned tons and can't wait to be able to fingerspell with ease.

  • so hard! literally just started learning about an hour ago. i got the alphabet, counting and some basic words and phrases down. this is still a little too fast for me, ill have to keep working on it

  • HUGE difference between my first time through and my second time through.  At first – I had a hard time with p and k – I guess I over tilt my hand down on p… Thank you for providing this great video!  It's super helpful!

  • Ok, I'm pretty good at finger spelling, but this is too fast.  Every one in my class has trouble figuring out what your signing.

  • wow, thanks!!  I'd love to see a video done at full speed and without repetition, since I begin to "wait" for the second time … thanks for doing this, right now any practice at all is good.

  • i just started asl a few days ago and this is definitely too fast I dont even know what the first word is… oh well practice I guess.

  • Babies can learn to sign at early stage first and then later fingerspelling. My baby already knew some basic signs after 8 months old easily. It will reduce frustration. Unfortunately too many deaf children don't benefit cochlear implants. This mother should have tried to meet ex-cochlear adults. Sadly some of my friends have severe headache all the times and it didn't really help them but doctors and parents never really understand how they feel. Money is all doctors want. Professionals are trying to block deaf professionals and deaf communities from sharing their experiences with parents lately. We love American Sign Language, the most beautiful language and Deaf Culture.

  • This was very helpful! I had to slow it down to 0.5 speed though, and had to wind back a few times on some words. Still got a long way to go.

  • Thank you so much for these videos. They help a lot! Receptive fingerspelling has proven to be a real challenge for me. Do you think you will continue with 5 & 6 letter words and then perhaps when we get good, increase the speed little by little? Just a thought! Thanks again! 😉

  • I have been using your videos to create Edpuzzles for my ASL students to practice fingerspelling practice, etc. For some reason this videos settings say that it can be only played in youtube and it has been disabled to play in any other format. Would it be too much to ask to have you change the settings so that this can be used in other formats?

  • After working on the three letter video a few times, this one seemed so much harder. However, by half way through I was starting to really see the flow of the words and it was really satisfying to get the hang of.

  • Lol I watched this video in September and had to slow it down because I couldn't understand what you were signing. But now (January) I can understand at normal speed although it still is a little challenging!

  • I like this video, every so often i had to pause it to allow my brain to catch up, for me there wasn't enough time in between the words. Altogether a very fun and challenging video! Thanks so much for taking the time to make this!

  • this is so helpful wowowow!! I think if I watch this another few times I'll get the hang of ASL spelling :O

  • i feel pretty stupid because i have to pause at every letter. these words are really random, too, so it makes it even harder without any context.

  • This is way to fast for beginners. Little slower would be better. I try to make out the first letter and the video is over. Crazy

  • Slowed it down to 0.75 and barely figured it out. I'm pretty sure this is a little more than challenging for beginners. great video though

  • This is very helpful; what a great tool. Thank you for this! The speed is perfect for those learning, but not at a basic beginner level. Those finding this hard- check out his other video for 3 letter words- that may be a little easier for you!

  • Very well done. I have trouble keeping up with some of the words, but I like the challenge. That's how I increase my skills.

  • I still think  the best videos for the hearing learning ASL should include audio since we can hear as well as learn signing

  • This is good practice, but for someone in ASL 1, it is too fast. It'd be good to hold the sign for at least a second. Most of the signs you're doing 4 letters in almost less than 2 seconds.

  • the only thing I recommend is to have a list at the end so we can check ourselves. I am currently trying to prep for the NIC and in practicing realize I needed to practice seeing finger spelled words. So I can keep up with you I just want verification that I am correct.

  • thanks for the video. It would be nice if you said what the word was after each one so we wouldn't have to watch the entire video

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