November 5, 2019 100

Sign Language Lessons – The ABC’s – Lesson on the ASL Alphabet (American Sign Language)

Sign Language Lessons – The ABC’s – Lesson on the ASL Alphabet (American Sign Language)

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100 Replies to “Sign Language Lessons – The ABC’s – Lesson on the ASL Alphabet (American Sign Language)”

  • OMK says:

    is he deaf because he odesnt talk in his vids

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Yes he (I) is Deaf. As for talking, these are signing videos, so there is no need for me to talk. *smile*

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Thank you!

  • Rob Nielson says:

    You're welcome and good luck!

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Oops, it's Deaf, not "death." Good luck learning to sign! 🙂

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Glad to help!

  • Rob Nielson says:

    You're very welcome!

  • Rob Nielson says:

    ASL fingerspelling uses only one hand. Signing can use both hands.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Have fun learning ASL! Tell all your classmates and teacher about my channel!

  • Rob Nielson says:

    You're very welcome!

  • Steve West says:

    This showed me that (first time in kinder and ever since then) i have been too tight and bouncing and… well everything you showed not to but no one told me that.. now my hand doesn't get exhausted when i need to fingerspell.. THANKS! I will be subscribing on my own channel not my husbands. 😛

  • MadieMusicMakeupHair says:

    does it matter which hand you sign with? I'm right handed.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    I am left-handed. So simply use the hand that you tend to write with. That is known as your "dominant hand" in signing.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Good! Glad you were able to fix and improve your fingerspelling. Hope you enjoy all my videos.

  • Infinitely-Serenity says:

    well i love this but when you did all the stuff your not suppose to i did it to not knowing 😛 i got confused but this did help me! 🙂

  • Julia Dickson says:

    Is it bad if I write with my right hand but like better signing with my left hand?

  • Rob Nielson says:

    @Julia Dickson That's not bad at all. Simply pick a hand that will be your dominant one. Either one is fine, just s don't switch back and forth because that would be too confusing for the viewer. 🙂

  • Rob Nielson says:

    @iluvshaytardsfantard I'm glad you found it helpful.

  • Silvergordikuki says:

    I just started taking wonder my hand was hurting, I was squeezing too hard..I saw my problem with this video..thank you.

  • Sarah Power says:

    Hi! I found this video really helpful, as I just started learning Sign and I don't have a tutor yet, just a book. It's much easier to see the hand shapes with an actual hand! I'm just wondering about Z…are you making the shape of a Z, or is it backwards? I can't keep it straight! Thanks for the great video!

  • NewfieAdam says:

    Best tutorial yet… what to do, and what NOT to do… excellent

  • Lights254 says:

    I do have a deaf friend that I would like to communicate better with, so this will definitely help. What would you recommend for people with thicker hands and struggle with some of the letters, or in some cases, words?

  • Avery Till says:

    I had the same problem figuring the z out. I think it's signed from the signer's point of view, as if he were writing it.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    When signing – signs are always made from the signer's perspective, not the viewer. So while my "Z" might look backwards to you, to me it is correct. 😉 Simply draw a "Z" in the air using your index finger.

  • Arsinoe Kiim says:

    Great tutorial 🙂

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Thanks! Glad you like it.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Yeah, one is a number, the other is a letter. *grin* Just kidding. The signs look the same. However it is the context that makes them different (just like "W" and "6" look the same). If I'm spelling my name or giving a phone number, you'll know from that context if it's a letter or a number.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Yep. If giving a mixed comment (letters and numbers) you can distinguish the numbers by using the NUMBERS sign before giving the number.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Simply practice signing them the best you can. Even with thicker fingers/hands, the meaning is generally clear enough.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Thanks! Glad you like it! 🙂

  • denilsonrunner says:

    In terms of the alphabet is there a certain hand that would be better?

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Usually the hand that you write with (considered your "dominant" hand) is the one you will use for most signs and for fingerspelling.

  • Débora de Araujo says:

    Very very good I'm brasilian, so i know the brasilian signal languange (LIBRAS – LÍNGUA BRASILEIRA DE SINAIS), I want to learn ASL too, because I like so much to talk with deaf.
    congratulations and I'm sorry my english because I'm still learning it too.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. That's very impressive that you know 4 languages – two spoken, two signed. 🙂 Good luck and hope you enjoy learning more ASL!

  • peace love says:

    I love to learn the sign language and now i start with your teaching video. Thank you for sharing it. I wonder one thing: how many sign languages in the world? before, i think there is only 1 sign language that the people can communicate.

  • Jazmine Miller says:

    Great job! I looked up a video so my friend could learn the alphabet in sign and this was perfect!!

  • Jazmine Miller says:

    Actually, they are different. For instance, for "f" you put your thumb over your index finger while "9" you touch your fingertips together.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Glad you like it. 🙂

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Actually, that's not true. If you look at the video closely, you'll see that the "F" is done with the fingertips touching. Experienced signers usually do not put the thumb over the top of the index finger (slows them down, isn't a "natural" position).

  • Whirlwind49 says:

    Ty for the video! much better then trying to figure out which way pictures are supposed to be facing.

  • Swenson Bailey says:

    This was a perfect video. If there was audio I didn't get it, but thanks for the help I'll look at more of your videos.

  • Amy Beaudoin says:

    With z you can use your pinky and with e you can bend all your fingers. I would know.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    "Z" is done only with the index finger, not the pinkie. And "E" is most correctly done the way I demonstrated it, although there are some people who like to do it the other way.

  • Amy Beaudoin says:

    Well some people do 'z' with their pinkie.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    There might be some people who do it with their pinkie, but the correct way is with the index finger.

  • LaTripper says:

    those ps and ks are hard to differintiate!

  • Zelda Herondale says:

    wow this is really great! thank you! i'm still a little confused about the m and the n, though

  • Susanne Schmidt says:

    Hi I´am from Germany and I would like to know: Is Sign Language in every Country different or do they use the same signs in every Country?

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Hi Susanne! Germany has its own sign language – Deutsche Gebärdensprache. If you do a wikipedia search, for "German sign language" it will give you a bit of information about the sign language used in Germany. There are actually many different signed languages. ASL happens to be the most widely used.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Hi Helen! How are you confused? 🙂

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Yep. It takes a bit of practice!

  • Zelda Herondale says:

    I think I already figured out the n, but the m is a little tricky for me. I don't know where to place my thumb when I do it. I'm not sure if it's below the pinkie, because you're doing it with your left hand and I'm doing it with the right hand. I just need that cleared out 🙂
    Thanks for answering!

  • Rob Nielson says:

    No problem. The thumb goes under your first three fingers (index, middle and ring) the pinkie finger simply rests against the palm.

  • Zelda Herondale says:

    Thank you so much, it really helped!

  • Ghazal says:

    That was great. I watched this video several times and tried to repeat everything in front of a mirror. I am going to take some ASL courses this fall…

  • Law says:

    I cannot cross my fingers on my right hand for the R…is it okay to stack them? I can do it with my left hand even though I'm right-handed

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Yep. Stacking your fingers is fine. 🙂

  • Tyler Curry says:

    I'm just curious, I noticed how you showed how bearing down on your fingers is not good, why is that? Is it because it doesn't show relaxation or comfort? I am trying to learn sign language and I want to make sure I'm doing it right.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Hi Tyler! Good question. A number of reasons why you don't want to bear down on your fingers – it looks unnatural, it's uncomfortable, it often leads to carpal tunnel syndrome for those who sign very tight and tense. ASL is meant to flow. Thus the hands, arms, wrists, etc should be relaxed (except in moments of emphasis).

  • Tyler Curry says:

    alright, thank you..where would be the best way to learn sign language at and how long does it take to learn?

  • Emily says:

    Does it make a difference which hand you use when signing? My dominant hand is my left,

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Yes it does make a difference. 🙂 You should choose one hand to be your "dominant signing hand" for things such as fingerspelling and for signs that require one hand to be the "active" hand in signs. Normally it would be the hand that you write with, etc. So if that's your left (as I'm a lefty too) then that would be the hand you use. 🙂

  • icechipz says:

    hi! i have wanted to learn sign language for about 2 years now, but unfortunately i haven't found a place i can learn it in my country (Ghana-West Africa) your videos have been a big help! thank you.

  • Linnea Martin says:

    Thanks that was very helpful! I was trying to learn the alphabet from a pamphlet I have and realize now how wrong some of my letters were. Thank goodness I found your video before I acquired some very bad habits!! You have another subscriber =)

  • Sarah Belknap says:

    Thank you so much for this video! Very helpful. I'm taking a class at my local community college and your videos are helping me practice 🙂 I'm sharing you on FB and twitter 🙂

  • Gilka Calazans says:

    Thank so much for all your hard work.

  • Delanie Carroll says:

    This video was extremely helpful for a beginner thanks so much!

  • Kelty Slaney says:

    Awesome video. Just a quick question: Does it matter what hand you sign with? Because I had a teacher (not a ASL teacher) who spelt the alphabet with her right hand but I notice he is using his left hand.

  • Fred Slayton says:

    Ha! I love how you show the common mistakes that people will make. I can actually hear your "voice" as you do them and I have to laugh! They are so entertaining for a person learning. Thank you so much for making these!

  • Janice Humphrey says:

    Great resource for beginning students. Thanks!

  • Daniel Parker says:

    Hey Rob. I was looking for a great vid on learning sign language (ASL) and stumbled across yours (and boy did that smart! Just kidding 😉 ) I like your style/presentation a lot, We have two deaf people at church and one has his own Sunday school so I am attending his class to encourage him but he is actually doing more to encourage me so I want to be able to communicate on a better level and this is a great place to start. Thanks.

  • maisetas says:

    when should i use fingerspelling  and when sign gestures?  can i communicate only with fingerspelling ?

  • babyjenks1784 says:

    I have known most of the ASL alphabet since I was a brownie in girl scouts (it was in our handbook) I have been fascinated with ASL for as long as I can remember, my first experience with it was probably Christmas Even on Sesame Street where Linda and Bob sing a song about Christmas using ASL.  I could do all the signs right a long with them.

    I am going to keep practicing my finger spelling, I was definitely making some of the mistakes you showed in the video, like holding my hand too tightly.  I would love to take an ASL class some time.

  • QueenWeezy™ says:

    Love it

  • artistsComplex says:

    This adeptly addresses my main concern with learning ASL, which is the subtle ways one could ineffectively execute (i.e.: fail) a sign.

  • LetMeVlog Yum says:

    making P is kinda hard

  • Soraya M says:

    great video

  • kingofthecourt says:

    question! do you use your right hand, mirroring the video, or your left hand, like he does? does this make a difference?

  • macelsinore says:

    Really like this vid. As a hearing person
    I knew the asl alphabet but I learned some small mistakes I was making.

  • Syl Barba says:

    Hi Rob, 2 years ago my husband had his hearing checked and it turns out that he has 42% hearing loss..he is little by little going deaf. He was not happy using hearing aids, Just recently we decided to learn sign language. We just finished learning the ABC's from another program on youtube. I browsed thru all these types of ASL videos and most of them are for children. Under the lesson of ExpertVillage I saw in the comments that some of the signing she was doing was wrong (I was convinced they were right because the way she signed "Help") and was suggested to find your video. yep. you are, who we are looking for as the perfect teacher to help us continue our education in learning to sign. We thank you for your time and appreciate your effort. We kindly ask if you can continue to number your videos so we can follow you so we don't miss any lessons that you are contributing. We will re-check our ABC's by you and make sure we signing correctly. Thank you once again-"We truly appreciate you"

  • Michelle Giorgi says:

    I agree with what you stated in the description. the best way to learn ASL is through a person who truly knows it, intellectually. We, as hearing people do not have the true capability to deliver the language efficiently. The correct way to learn sign language is through the perspective of the community that it belongs to. You get more out of the language by focusing on the sign itself rather than the word. thank you 🙂

  • LovingMiley 1211 says:

    The asl apps teaching the wrong way to do the asl alphabet.
    I was making a lot of mistakes._. THANK YOU!

  • Maritza Hesse says:

    Thanks so much for the clever way of showing us how to sign. It seems I've been learning the wrong way and now have to make some adjustments.

  • sloppymantis says:

    thanks for making this vid 🙂

  • Vu Vu says:

    Thank's! I'm from Vietnam.

  • April Enriquez says:

    So you use letters to say a name?

  • Megan Deppe says:

    when signing a Z should I draw it my direction or theirs?

  • ArtistsAnomalous says:

    I'm confused. The sign for r is clearly meant to represent an x, and the sign for x is clearly meant to represent an r, so why is it the other way around?

  • TerrificTweens101 Kc says:

    What's the pretending to mess up for

  • tsnyder111 says:

    Thank you so much for the videos. I'm still a beginner in sign but I love learning it. But I have a question. I am left handed so do I use my left hand as the lead hand or my right hand. I am practicing both ways but I would like to be proper.

  • peacefuljeffrey says:

    Very good and very helpful. Thank you. ?

  • Emerald Schreier says:

    I'm learning asl online right now and was unsure about a few letters but this helped me so much! Thank you!!

  • NoriMori says:

    I first saw this video years ago, and I loved it because it was the first I'd ever seen that shows the signs from multiple angles, and shows common mistakes. Thank you!

  • Alexander N says:

    i cant do w on my right hand bc i cant touch my thumb to my pinky haha

  • Deshay Dawkins says:

    is he realy deaf

  • Aurora Landeros says:

    Does it matter for D what finger you put up? I've learned that I have to put my pinky up.

  • happymikeface Rockeyro says:

    well i did my homework now back to class

  • Grace Cortier says:

    Are you still doing sign language?

  • Grace Cortier says:

    Do you know any Sign Language for Baseball ?

  • Erica Vanderlinde says:

    Just started a basic course today because I work in public school. Love the way you correct us…much appreciated! Thank you ?

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