November 6, 2019 100

Three-Letter Word Practice for American Sign Language Alphabet (ABC, ASL, fingerspelling)

Three-Letter Word Practice for American Sign Language Alphabet (ABC, ASL, fingerspelling)

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100 Replies to “Three-Letter Word Practice for American Sign Language Alphabet (ABC, ASL, fingerspelling)”

  • egbertkathy says:

    Thanks for the realistic practice. I have taken 3 semesters of ASL with "A's" at college level but still 'hate' fingerspelling because I am no good at it. This is wonderful practice and realistic and I am using your videos to make improvement everyday!

  • ChelseeK says:

    This is a very helpful tutorial. Thank you for posting it for us!

  • Leah Derr says:

    How can I find the answers? I don't see them.

  • Amber Lunar says:

    I'm good at finger spelling. It not good at reading it

  • Ali Gilliam says:

    Thanks for this! It's tough, but I'll keep practicing! 🙂

  • SuperImmortalwombat says:

    Is their a level zero? 🙂

  • Kelsey Catherine says:

    I just started ASL at school and have memorized the ABC's in a few hours. this is way too fast for me. anything slower???

  • Taylor9 says:

    Hey, where are your answers?

  • skimlines says:

    Speed of the spelling seems fine to me. Like reading in English I assume that over time one gains a lot of sight-words and can recognize common morphemes without having to "count" all the separate letters.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    The answers can be found by signing up on my website. They are in Module 1.

  • Tim Dodds says:

    Please don't take this the wrong way because I really enjoy your videos and they are great learning tools should put the answers on youtube. You would make more money on youtube being a partner than on another website. Your skills are good enough to earn money obviously but there is a great market for educational videos as far as youtube. More people will come back and more people will subscribe (with answers)! IMO. Best of luck in whatever you do though. Great idea this video 🙂

  • Jack Haynes says:

    way to fast on certain words, so inconstant on speed

  • isabel almonte says:

    my ASL 3 teacher showed this video in class and it was great practice. glad i found it.

  • penguinsrock2479 says:

    My ASL 1 teacher assigned this for homework and it actually really fun!

  • Noor Alblushi says:

    very helpful THANKS , but that was too fast xp

  • Levent Akyuz says:


  • Chemeleon15 says:

    Are both 10 and 15 "FAN"?
    I'm a beginner and can't see the difference in spelling

  • Katie Ivers says:

    Me too. I had to watch it in slow motion to figure it out.

  • Silvergordikuki says:

    Wow, I need practice!

  • Fiberfreak says:

    Thank you for this video! I'm practicing to become an interpreter and the fingerspelling is my worst downfall. Watching this video makes me realize that I'm mixing up 'a' vs 'e' and also 'r' vs. 'u'. It's good to pinpoint just what my mental conflict is to sharpen my receptive skills! Thanks for not being all formal with your forming of letters- your hand looks very natural like we'd see in a real conversational or interpreting setting.

  • danagrl52 says:

    is it true that you have to pay for access to the answers to this video? i went to your site, and when i tried to find the answers to this, it sent me to a package that i would have to pay for. i just think that's not very upstanding. it's like you're telling someone you'll give them a free makeover and then doing half their face. you should say that this is a partial release as a promo for your for-pay site.

  • brianna blythe says:

    are u death

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Am I death? No. I'm not death. I am Deaf though. 🙂

  • Rob Nielson says:

    Thanks! Glad you like the videos. In ASL classes, always try to sit as close to the teacher as possible. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher to repeat things. I realize you can't ask the signer in a video to repeat themselves and some signs can be difficult to see, that's why I will demonstrate some signs from different angles. Hope this helps!

  • Krzysztof Strozyk says:

    I think is fair enough to pay for somebody work. Ask in your neighborhood how much you have to pay for ASL classes, then you will be grateful with this teacher.

  • Krzysztof Strozyk says:

    Thankssssss!!! All your videos are GREAT, and helpful.
    I just started learning ASL, and I realize that having a Left handed teacher is the best way to learn. Thanks God I found you. I already registered on your website. Good luck! and thanks again.

  • Rob Nielson says:

    As a Deaf individual who is fluent in ASL and as a certified ASL teacher, I can assure you that my signs are accurate and recognized/used by Deaf on a national level and are not a local dialect.

  • Matt Sven says:

    I love your videos and am looking forward to doing your classes online. Thank you for your lessons!

  • DesireeTheUkalady says:

    Very helpful! I've had a hard time reading fingerspelling and this definitely helps!

  • Art Ramon Paintings says:

    At first your hands were a blur, but now I can make out some words. Excellent video!

  • spawntanious69 says:

    I like your video! I am learning ASL and it's hard! It's like Steve Martin said-" The French, they have a different word for everything!"

  • winddragyn says:

    Yikes, those vowels are tough!

  • cupcakexlindsay says:

    I wish there was a list of answers.

  • relivevalhalla says:

    There is if you pay on his website…I'd give you them but I think that would be pretty rude to him. :/ Sorry.

  • Dana Winright says:

    This helps me build my Clozure Skills. Thank you!

  • hikmat nasar says:

    hi im hearing and love asl. i just started taking online class. this video really helps. thanks a bunch 🙂

  • jennielee311 says:

    I keep practicing with this and the 4 letter word video. Very helpful for my sunmmer recceptive skills class. Thanks for all your videos.

  • Sherrie Jeffers says:

    Really wish this was better quality, but other than that this is really helping my asl skills

  • stevosg258 says:

    Didn't understand any of them.. :/

  • Tracy Blair says:

    Hi Rob.  I am a teacher at S.F Austin High School and I take Sharon Till's beginning ASL class.  She suggested I watch your videos to practice. They are amazing and Sharon is an amazing teacher as well.  Thanks, Tracy

  • Noelle says:

    Got the first ten (I think) but it's hard to find the answers on the website, I don't see anywhere you can sign up? Here are my first 10 answers: Her

  • seebz T says:

    I'm stumped on what #39 is!!

  • Travis Winston says:

    watch in 0.25 speed using the settings, then move up to .5, then watch normal. That helped me learn to read his words faster.

  • Chandler Gerald says:

    Got my ass kicked on that one.  Rinse and repeat.

  • Ella Laird says:

    Thank you so much, I've already learned some more complicated signs but my fingerspelling is terrible! Working hard to improve! Got all of them after some time

  • Karyl Slappy says:

    Peace & Blessing Rob my name is Karyl I am an ASL1 student at Columbus State Community College. I enjoyed viewing your video. I will watch more. This one was pretty easy to follow. I am also left-handed. Do you find it more difficult to learn ASL w/ your left hand being dominant?

  • mitchell carson says:

    awesome signs dude

  • Alexsandra Rokas says:

    I'm a signer and I cannot understand how you are signing your numbers. For me it's 0-N-E, then T-W-O, then T-H-R-E-E. Also, I sign the numbers by just the actual numeral. What the hell are you signing to me?

  • Tina M says:

    Rob, I love this video. As an ASL student in my second class, finger spelling continues to be my most difficult skill to develop. This video along with your 4-letter word practice has helped me a lot. Thank you!

  • Tina M says:

    Rob, I love this video. As an ASL student in my second class, finger spelling continues to be my most difficult skill to develop. This video along with your 4-letter word practice has helped me a lot. Thank you!

  • Jamie Sue says:

    What is number 16? Gry?

  • Carver Functional says:


  • Awesomest Person Ever says:

    Is there an answer key? That would be super useful to make sure I am understanding correctly. Thank you.

  • Stillman In Motion says:

    Is number 24 "srm"? I can't find the answer key on the website. =(

  • GoldenGracieGirl says:

    Me, on the very first word: H-E-R… That isn't a word!!
    Me, a few seconds later: ….Oh…

    I am /so/ smart.

  • Haili Balderson says:

    Thank u so much

  • Brenda Jones says:

    is #2 "arn"

  • Carrie W says:

    This would be much easier if you included the actual words in the comments so we can at least see if we've gotten it correct. As a beginner, finding the comment below showing the actual words made a difference for me.

    anyway, thank you for taking the time to do this!

  • Jack Jones says:

    This is exactly what I've been looking for. The websites that show fingerspelling are really choppy because they have each letter filmed and then thrown together to form a word. This let's me see how each letter flows. I'm in my first year of ASL and the receptive part of fingerspelling has been really hard for me.

  • Sally Backer says:

    As a hearing ASL tutor, I love that you have made these videos! It gives my students someone else's hands to see. Also, like someone else on the feed mentioned, you sign them as words instead of individual letters. That makes the work so much more natural. Thank you.

  • Andy Wood says:

    Thanks for the video! For some feedback, I struggled to tell the difference between T and N several times as the "book" sign shows the thumb on T to be straight.

  • KGreene173 says:

    Your fingerspell is lazy and unclear. Turn your hand toward the person you're signing to. Your E's look like M's, and vice versa. Your T's look like sloppy N's.

  • Haily Fitzer says:


  • Hero Prinny says:

    On number 29, second go through. You barely lift your pinky finger half way to form the 'I' before you do the next letter.

  • Alejandra Quiles says:

    More videos to practice spelling please!!!

  • Sabrina Reyes says:

    i am a really new signer and i replayed most of the words and only got one which was art….

  • Linda Sue says:

    As others have mentioned, I find it much too fast to practice as a beginner. Not the lettering per se, but one word flip so quickly into the next I don't even have time to think about the answer or pause it before it's onto the next one. Trying to pause and rewind for each one was just too much trouble. I imagine it will be a good resource later on, and thanks for posting it.

    Continuing the search for something slower…

  • summer cole says:

    whats number 37 and 50

  • Breakinq Ankles says:

    I finshed the video but im not sure if I got all of them correct 🙁

  • Lulhomie says:

    Someone be the MVP and tell us what every number say.

  • Reception says:

    #29 he does mix and then max, no?

  • Georgia O'Leary says:

    the only problem i have with this video is the quality of the video! i just cant see some of the letters because of how pixelated it is


    Ok what this words means

  • N C says:

    I didn't understand what you were signing. I wish you would have put the words on the screen or talk. ?

  • Creeper Creep says:

    Nice job! This gave me a good time and practice!

  • Skyler Muir says:

    Thank you for this video! All the others I've found seem to take extra time to make their hand shape overly perfect and distinct, so it doesn't really help with real life comprehension. I do have to set the speed down, but it's really helpful and I am looking forward to being able to up the speed!

  • sav says:

    I have no idea why people are saying your fingerspelling is sloppy when THEY are here to practice themselves from someone who is literally Deaf . people are so rude and have no idea what they're talking about, im so sorry! your spelling is obviously fine and thank you so much for making videos like this!

  • sevengem says:

    I actually think this fingerspelling speed is just perfect for my receptivity skill level! I'm still a beginner, but not like a beginner-beginner, so I've started to get frustrated with many other receptivity videos because the spelling is sooooooo sloooooow. I got almost all of the words on the first or second try, missed only a few both times! Thank you for posting!

  • AS says:

    I just learnt the ASL alphabet today I’m finding this video very clear thank you. I appreciate you repeating each sign.

  • Lucy Prince of Wales says:

    Are thr answers viewable some place. I am registered on your website but domt see the answers for this quiz

  • Gayatri Prakash says:

    I am a brand new signer and really appreciate you taking the time to make this video. That said, I had a very hard time on Word 16. I assume it is GUY but the U really looks like an R.

  • Gayatri Prakash says:

    I am also having difficulty telling "E" from "O".

  • Diane Goldman says:

    I don’t see any vowels, i only catch first and last letters. Very discouraging! ?

  • MrShadowpanther3 says:

    My daughter and I recently started Scuba Diving. While dive training has some common diving term signs, we recently started teaching ourselves the ASL alphabet to increase the things we can communicate underwater. We could bring a slate, but this is much more flexible.
    A dive instructor once said "underwater, we all lose the power of speech communication".
    My brain still has to remember the letters and decode the words. It is still slow going but videos like yours provide practice material!
    Thank you!

  • Tom Keenan says:

    I went through the fifty words, and wrote them down. But now I can not locate the "answers" that you indicate are available on your website. Bummer.

  • Jules Reid says:

    #26, anyone else get dan or am i just v bad at this?

  • Pablo Curcó says:

    Amazing video, thanks!

    This is what I got:

    1. her
    2. art
    3. him
    4. ear
    5. jaw
    6. lap
    7. get
    8. die
    9. bet
    10. fin
    11. mad
    12. lie
    13. may
    14. car
    15. fan
    16. guy
    17. tip
    18. bat
    19. lad
    20. tap
    21. dot
    22. Don
    23. key
    24. sum
    25. boy
    26. Dan
    27. pat
    28. hit
    29. mix
    30. his
    31. ate
    32. get
    33. eye
    34. bad
    35. lot
    36. for
    37. kin
    38. leg
    39. add
    40. man
    41. Ben
    42. jam
    43. hay
    44. kit
    45. oil
    46. met
    47. top
    48. sun
    49. max
    50. jet

  • Christina Morgan says:

    First, I find it sort-of distracting having your hand pop up and down each time. Wish you could just move your hand back into place to start the next word. Second, I never know if I do have the word correct because It moves along so fast I lose track even with a list. Might be good to finger spell the word twice (with 5 seconds between each to allow the brain time to comprehend and reset), and then show the word on a card or on screen. Just a thought 🙂

  • Christina Morgan says:

    Slowed it to .25 and it was too slow. Went through it once at 0.5 and got them all so immediately upped it to .75 and that's perfect for now, so I guess choose the speed that works for you and then increase it as it gets too easy…

  • Ellie Drake says:

    for a while i was scared of this guy cuz he spelled DIE on number 8 and he looked like he was going to kill me


    now im not

  • Michael Henry says:

    Answers plz

  • Elizana Wanjiku says:

    Why don't you give answers after your videogame? Honestly how would you expect one to know they are right?

  • Wilner Sumagingsing says:


  • Alicia Owens says:

    Love the video ! Definitely helping me learn to sound out the words as I watch others sign them which has made it 10times easier for me to read fingerspelling

  • gao jasmine says:

    Useful video, thank you

  • Tonya Schade says:

    I loved your video, please make more! ?

  • Mary Ann Hoffman says:

    I am having trouble reading the other person when fingerspelling. I started mimicking you and I was able to get the word so much easier. Just had a hard time getting used to seeing it backwards. Gonna try mirror now. Thanks so much for the help!!! ???

  • Vicki Kahn says:

    I slowed it down to 50% and got all but 2 words. Yea me

  • Keenan ​ says:

    Wow, I can't believe how much I improved. When I first watched this video (like 2nd week of ASL 1) it was soooo hard. I had to slow down every single word at like 0.25x speed. Now I'm 1.5 months in from practicing on Now I'm at the point where I can get most of the 3-letter words on Deaf speed. Then I came back to this video and was shocked at how "easy" the words were. I still have a long way to go (need to practice longer words) but thank you so much for making this video.

  • Mayo Gundam says:

    Blink and you'll miss it!

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