Sign Language Basics : Sign Language: Face & Hands
August 15, 2019
I wanted to emphasize a few aspects of American
Sign Language so that you can keep it in the back of your mind as you learn American Sign
Language. ASL is a visual language. It uses manual gestures and it’s important that, as
you’re signing, that you recognize that deaf people will be watching your face and to emphasize
your facial expressions and your use of space. American Sign Language is the third most commonly
used language in the United States. Of course, first would be English and second being Spanish.
So, it’s wonderful that you have the advantage of learning American Sign Language because
there’s a high chance that you may run into a deaf person down the road. And, if you know,
even the least amount of sign language, a deaf person would be very happy to have somebody
to communicate with. So, it’s wonderful that you have the advantage of learning American
Sign Language. American Sign Language does not follow the syntax and grammar of English.
English typically starts with either a verb or a noun. American Sign Language is the opposite.
They often will start with a key concept and then go on with action verbs. So, keep that
in mind as you’re learning