To really dive into American Sign Language, I decided to find an app that would allow me to practice on the go and learn material on any down time that I had throughout the day. I have been improving rapidly since I started to use the app. The app I downloaded was free for my iphone and it’s super effective. The app is The ASL App.

The research that I previously did in my last blog, encouraged me to first learn the alphabet just with any other language. I found that the hand movements were much more challenging than I anticipated. My fine motor skills are not as honed as the typical ASL user, but with practice I think my signs have become understandable.

I made two videos to show off my improvement. The first is a video demonstrating the alphabet that I have memorized. The second video shows me spelling out name with the alphabet.

Next, I learned my numbers, which were actually really easy to learn up to ten. However, when I used the ASL app to learn 10-20, the video was missing. I scoured YouTube until I found a beginners guide to numbers 10-20.  I made another video of my progress and posted it in twitter. Once I had the first ten numbers down 10-20 was basically the same with tiny differences. I made another video and posted it to twitter of my numbers that I have learned!

I then tried to work on learning the numbers 20-30 through the same video makers who taught me 11-20. This set was much more difficult than the alphabet and the numbers I have previously learned. It seemed to me that there was not a connection between the hand movements and the numbers. After awhile, I began to see the connection and make sense of why the gestures mean that numbers.

It was quite the learning experience, being on the other side of the teacher/student relationship. Having to learn something from the very beginning reminded how much processing time I take as an adult. It really put into perspective how crucial patience in teachers really is. I had almost forgotten how frustrating it is to learn a new skill, and how the environmental pressures can really affect that. Sharing my progress with my fellow classmates is not as easy as I might have imagined. I really see how opening up your learning to other people can be scary and leave you feeling vulnerable to judgment. I understand the student role a little more than before I started this independent learning project.

Now that I have my letters and numbers down. I am using the StartASL workbook to practice my comprehension and learn essential vocabulary. I have taken two quizzes so far that require me to comprehend numbers and “fingerspelling” that is being demonstrated by videos on the website. I am proud to say that I got perfect scores on both of my quizzes and I know because I had the website grade them. Capture


4 thoughts on “ASL ILP

  1. I absolutely love that you are learning sign language. We had to learn it in third grade but unfortunately I do not remember any of it :/ It is really cool that you can follow along with an app. I look forward to hearing more about your experience.Good luck and great post!


  2. I saw and interesting video about 5 tips on language learning and one of the main tips in that video was when learning a new language is to forget the alphabet because it hinders you in the beginning with word pronunciation, however with ASL (i used to know quite a bit ASL when i was younger because my friend was hearing impaired), learning the alphabet is the most important step because even you do not know the word or how to sign it you can still spell it, thus still being able to communicate with others.


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