Become a lifelong learner of American Sign Language (ASL) with this guide for true beginners. It breaks down ASL fundamentals and gives you step-by-step instructions for signing more than 400 vocabulary words, organized by practical topics like greetings, hobbies, times, places, and more.
The building blocks of ASL—Lay the foundation for ASL learning as you explore the five parameters of signing: handshape, location, movement, palm orientation, and non-manual markers.
Clear guidance for novices—Learn how to sign each vocabulary word with the help of detailed written directions and large, full-color photos, so you know you’re doing it right even if it’s your first sign ever.
Lessons and quizzes—Put your new skills to the test with themed lessons designed for real-world conversations, and brief quizzes at the end of each section.
Make learning ASL fun and easy with this top choice in American Sign Language books for beginners.
About the Author
TRAVIS BELMONTES-MERRELL is an educator, father, husband, and member of the Deaf community. In 2018, he received a master’s degree in teaching American Sign Language from the University of Northern Colorado. He teaches ASL in high school and also serves as the ASL program coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington.