ASL is a unique language with its own grammatical rules and syntax (sentence structure). In ASL the entire body is used expressively to convey information. With ASL you have to abandon "English thinking" and think visually. American Sign Language is a complex visual-spatial language that shares no grammatical similarities to English. Hand gestures, facial features such as eyebrow motion and lip-mouth movements are significant in ASL as they form a crucial part of the grammatical system.
Remember, there is much more to learning American Sign Language than just memorizing signs. ASL has its own grammar, culture, history, terminology and other important aspects. It takes time and effort to become a "skilled language user." But you have to start somewhere if you are going to get anywhere--so dive in and enjoy.
This powerpoint was made to supplement the Start ASL's Don't Just "Sign"...Communicate! along with many other valuable resourses. With 62 slides, the powerpoint provides 2 weeks of instruction.
In this section:
Signs without an English Translation
Finish (FISH, FINISH-TOUCH, Finish as a verb)
English words (and prefixes) that don’t directly translate into ASL
ABC Stories (in ASL)
What is an idiom?
One word Idioms
Commonly used ASL IDIOMS
A Few Basics of ASL Linguistics
What is an "adverb?"
Adverbs & Facial Expression
Slips of the Hand
Tip of the Finger
Following Phonological Rules
There are 62 slides in total. This serves as an excellent supplement to anyone trying to Master ASL Grammar.
For free ASL Vocablary Practice: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNeYbg5gz7AYRCgg8vjhDg
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