8 Sites to Learn ASL Online

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I want to learn ASL: I am deaf but I don’t sign beyond a basic level.

My interest in learning sign language was a long time coming. For years, trying to “pass”, I totally resisted it, but with my hearing growing worse and with a daughter who struggles with speech, I need to learn.

As we live in a very isolated area when we are in the United States, and on the road in Mexico when we are not, I need to learn ASL online. Here are some sites that I have found useful to learn ASL:

  1. Lifeprint

Super awesome site. Free lessons, fingerspelling, dictionary, the whole shebang. Oh, and my favorite, Deaf Jokes page!!

Two Deaf men are signing to each other.
The first man asks, “What did your wife say when you got home late last night?
The second man replies, “She swore a blue streak”
And the first man asks, “What did you do then?”
And the second man replies, “I turned out the light.”

  1. Healthy Hearing’s Best Apps for Learning Sign Language
  • iASL
  • ASL Pro
  • ASL Dictionary
  • Sign 4 Me
  1. ASL Pro

This site kind of overwhelmed me with all the ads and stuff for sale. So far it seems like a lot of dictionaries, including “religious” ones (- if you are wanting to teach your child Bible signs, this is probably your stop).

  1. Described and Captioned Media Program

You are able to “check out” videos, DVD’s and books, a’la netflix. They even give you a postage paid mailer to send them back. In addition to the DVD’s, they have streaming online videos and offer all kinds of things for ASL instruction, deaf culture and children – really, really cool site. Check out the lessons available for ASL instruction hereSweeeeeet!

  1. Start ASL

This has a ton of online ASL classes here – both free and paid courses with homework and everything. I love that they have a section for homeschoolers, they have tutors and an online practice community too!

  1. Babies and Sign Language

This is primarily a site for baby sign – which I am not looking for. But they are some cool links to places to learn other languages – Latvian sign, anyone?

  1. Signing Savvy

I currently already use this on the iPhone. It’s a brilliant video-based signing dictionary. Very easy to use and free.

  1. Deaf Read

This is the Deaf blogging community. It’s awesome because there are a lot of vlogs – video blogs – a great way to interact with real people, virtually.


If you are wanting to learn ASL or have your kids learn, I hope this helps.

If you know of some other system or structure for online learning, I’d love it if you’d comment. Thanks!





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  1. I know you said you wanted more phrases rather than just words, but I really love Baby Sign Language They’ve got videos with captions, charts, flashcards, a blog, and right they are offering their 7 day course (15 minute segments) for free (it’s normally $50). You get the courses sent to you by email. Excellent learning source!

    • I’m glad you commented, Stephanie, because I’m sure there are some people reading who will really appreciate that info and link! Thank you!

  2. I have a hearing loss but only know most of the alphabet and a few basic signs. I use to learn.

  3. Hi Meriah,thanks for this. I only know workshop signs( Stop, break time, go to bathroom etc, work finished), swears, and alcohol signs (jack daniels, beer etc). Comes from working for the old umbrella of depts. of mental health and retardation (back in the distant past when it was PC to use ‘retardation’). Because of brain damage from falls and car accidents which cause lack of coordination memory loss and learning disabilities, my old sign language teacher couldn’t understand my signs and I constantly confuse similar signs like play, silly and yellow. Will check these out when I get off my butt. Cheers, Barbara

  4. For the truly geeky (found this completely by accident) CaptainValor signs songs by Jonathan Coulton, including the song from Portal. The captions have the ASL literal translations under the lyrics which really helped me get a sense of the grammar.

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