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10 Ways to Learn Sign Language

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Sign language is an excellent tool that can help you bridge the communication gap that you experience with hearing loss. While it may seem like it could be challenging to learn, there are so many ways to learn sign language. Below are several methods & tips to consider when trying to learn sign language.

What is Sign Language?

Before we learn anything about how to do sign language, let’s explain what it is, exactly. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) defines American Sign Language as a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

How to Learn Sign Language

As we already mentioned, there are so many different ways to learn sign language making it easier to find the one that works best for you. Here are 10 ways to approach learning sign language:

  1. Start by learning the alphabet signs.
  2. Get yourself a sign language dictionary.
  3. Hire a private tutor.
  4. Take a class at your local school or community center.
  5. Take an online course.
  6. Watch videos online, like on YouTube.
  7. Read a how to book.
  8. Ask a friend who knows sign language to teach you.
  9. There are apps & software programs available that can teach you on your computer or mobile device.
  10. Keep practicing; continue to practice words you’ve already learned while at the same time add new ones.

Remember, sign language doesn’t just use the hands to communicate; your arms, torso, and facial expressions will also be a part of ASL.

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