Give your brain a boost by learning another language and break down communication barriers between you and millions of ASL users
Did you know there are as many as 500,000 native ASL speakers? And up to 2 million who have learnt ASL as a second or subsequent language? You can be the next! American sign language is a thriving language, separate from English, used throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and some other parts of the world. Learning ASL allows you to communicate with any of these people, in any situation.
There are many social, cultural and professional reasons to learn sign language, including:
- becoming part of the ASL community. You’ll be able to reach out and connect with people who are deaf and hard of hearing either socially or professionally
- communicating with a new friend at school, relative or neighbor who is deaf
- learning about deaf culture and community
- expressing yourself through body language and not just words
- learning a language is great exercise for the brain
- interpreting the signals between coaches and players at major sports’ events (see how they use sign rather than shouting?)
Whether you’re seeking self-improvement and personal growth,
work with the deaf community, or have friends or family members who are either deaf or are losing their hearing, learning American Sign Language, or ASL, can be immensely valuable to you.
You can begin now by following the demonstrations and videos in this ASL online course.