Here are my favourite resources to learn American Sign Language.
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Speak (or sign!) from day one is my approach to any new language. I have one tool I recommend for this:
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ASL Courses and Books
Learn American Sign Language – James W. Guido's introduction to ASL is one of the most popular guides on the market. High-quality images introduce you to the language, with detailed explanations and even a guide to facial expressions and other elements of ASL.
ASL Websites to Bookmark Today
You’ll return to these resources again and again in your ASL study sessions.
Sign with Robert – Learn ASL in fun gifs with Robert. Organized by category, there are tons of short gifs to help you boost your vocabulary.
Bill Vickers – Bill Vickers runs LifePrint and the American Sign Language University. He has a diverse selection of content available in a variety of formats. I recommend starting with his YouTube channel where you'll find a nice assortment of instructional videos.
ASLPro – One of the best online ASL dictionaries with a large video library. It also features a selection of quizzes and games so you can put what you learn into practice.
Signing Savvy – Signing Savvy is another online dictionary, but they also feature customized video playback, a phrase builder, the option to build wordlists, as well as flashcards and quizzes.
ASL Rochelle – ASL Rochelle is a YouTube channel that uploads new content daily. The current library consists dictionary videos, fingerspelling, and ASL grammar tutorials.
ASL Stew – ASL Stew is another popular Youtube channel that publishes ASL tutorial videos, but that's not all they do. They also share content relevant to the deaf community and culture, a great introduction to more than just the language.
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