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Chelsy K.

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  • Speaks American Sign Language
  • American Sign Language and Deaf Studies from Niagara University
  • Teaching since 2016
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Chelsy K.

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Experienced teacher with 9 years of practice in the language and over 5 years of teaching. Comfortable teaching ages 4 and up as well as deaf or hard of hearing individuals. I'm very aware that everyone has different reasons for learning this beautiful language. I have experience tutoring individuals who are late deafened, non verbal, selective mutism, those who want to learn Baby Sign Language, and others who want to become fluent at a conversational level. Each lesson is tailored to the goals and needs of the individual student.

When you sign up with me you not only get a once a week session, but you also gain access to my personal resource library where I have a multitude of resources for vocabulary, grammar, Deaf Culture, ASL stories, and much more that you can view at your own leisure. I not only have expertise in the language, but also linguistics, discourse analysis, Deaf studies, and beginner interpreting skills.

About Chelsy

I started my own American Sign Language journey in 2012 where I found a passion for the language and the culture. Since then I have been studying, tutoring, learning, and using the language in several different avenues of my life. I always incorporate the history of this language along with infor

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My first lesson was great. Chelsy made me feel very comfortable and was a great teacher
Tesa (Family) P.
Chelsy is very sweet and understanding. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher. She listens to what we need and has been very accommodating.
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Chelsy is FANTASTIC
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William C.

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  • Speaks American Sign Language
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 16 to 75
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William C.

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Taught American Sign Language (ASL) full-time and part-time (nights) for 39 years, just recently retired from full-time teaching. I have primarily used Signing Naturally (SN) workbooks, all levels. I have also used Learning American Sign Language (LASL).
Currently, I am teaching Deaf Culture as an online course at San Diego Mesa College.
I have been using ASL since I was 4 years old and I have attended California School for the Deaf, Berkeley (Fremont) and Riverside. I have received valuable experience from Deaf peers of Deaf parents, Deaf adults and Deaf leaders. In this sense, I am a native user of ASL and ASL Fingerspelled Signs.
Graduated from Gallaudet College (University) in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in Business Administration. I received two Masters degrees from California State University, Northridge, one in Deaf Education and the other in Educational Administration. I received my Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from University of Southern California ...

About William

Greetings ASL students!! I am excited to teach ASL to all of you. In Fall 1979, I began my full-time teaching career at Blair High School in Pasadena Unified School District teaching Deaf/HH students in various subjects. In Spring 1980, I was an adjunct teacher teaching ASL at Pasadena City Coll

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Blair
Wow, can’t say enough good things about Bill! My boyfriend and I decided recently that ASL was something we would really like to pursue learning together, so I signed us both up for lessons with Bill and we are so grateful for all of his patience, guidance, careful explanation, and enthusiasm. Learning so far has been a breeze and so much fun! We really look forward to our lessons, and they seem to fly by each time. We would highly recommend Bill to anyone eager to learn and understand more about sign language. What an incredible experience!
Bianca
Great Lesson! Bill was prepared very well and lead me through my first beginner ASL steps well. He motivated me great, it was fun and we had good laughs. Thanks a lot! great Teacher <3
I am looking forward to learn more from Bill in my weekly lessons.
Frances C.
Great all the time fun 🤩
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Carla C.

86 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, American Sign Language
  • Teaching since 1998
  • BA Music Education from Lubbock Christian University
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Carla C.

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I've been teaching American Sign Language for 5 years, and signing myself for 18 years, and my students have gone on to develop a love for ASL, Deaf people, and Deaf culture. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to carry on a simple conversation in the language, and as time goes on you'll be able to feel totally at ease with Deaf people. I have great online tools you can use for free to practice between lessons, and I'm flexible with any other resources we use. I can't wait to meet you!

About Carla

I have been signing since 1998, spending every chance I can among my Deaf friends and immersing myself in the language as often as possible. I received my BA in Music with a certification to teach at Lubbock Christian University in 1998. Later I attended the Interpreter Certification program at Burl

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Liam Coen
Really great and patient!
Brooke
Carla was very knowledgeable and is very helpful for beginners! Highly recommend
Ronald
Carla is so clever and a wonderful instructor. I feel fortunate to be learning from her
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Tanya H.

29 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, American Sign Language
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Bachelor's in American Sign Language Interpreting from MacMurray College
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Tanya H.

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I have been communicating using American Sign Language for over 15 years. I have a bachelor's degree in American Sign Language interpreting. I have been an interpreter for 11 years and I am nationally certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be signing in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of grammar, vocabulary, Deaf Culture, and more. Let's get started!

About Tanya

I have been a professional American Sign Language interpreter for over 12 years. I graduated from MacMurray College with a Bachelors of American Sign Language Interpreting and from Walden University with both a Master's degree in both Business Administration and Education. American Sign Language

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Very patient and easy to work with
Rachel C.
Great teacher! Customized lessons to what you want to learn, explains information clearly.
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Anna Alese C.

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  • Spanish Language Bachelor's from Maryville College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Anna Alese C.

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I am a sophomore in college double majoring in Spanish, and ASL interpretation. I am fluent in ASL (American Sign Language)(6 years) and English. My current subjects I am teaching are ASL, Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, and Ukulele. I am 18 and I work great with all ages. I have taught as young as 5 and as old as 65.

Languages: English, ASL, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu
Please reach out to me about learning any of these!

About Anna Alese

Hi! My name is Anna. I am a sophomore in college double majoring in Spanish, and ASL interpretation. I am a musician and ASL interpreter. Languages: English, ASL, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu Please reach out to me about learning any of these! I have been writing music and poetry for 7 years. I

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mary remington
Alese did a wonderful job, very relatable and friendly and fun... we are enjoying our time with her as a mixed family with a profoundly deaf dad and a hearing 8 year old daughter and hearing mom. she works well with us all!
Maritza
She was so nice and also very patient. I learned so much in just 1 lesson. Definitely going to book more lessons!
Elle
Very professional and so kind!
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Serfirys V.

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  • Speaks American Sign Language
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2004
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Serfirys V.

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Do you want to learn how to communicate with the Deaf? Are you intrigued by the use of sign language? Come learn with me. I am Deaf and I use American Sign Language. My brother is also Deaf, so we grew up using ASL together and at school. I have been teaching online for the past 5 years, and I love teaching others how to improve their communication skills in ASL. Sign language is one of the most expressive languages, have you seen an interpreter recently on the new? Have you noticed how fast they move their fingers, and make a variety of facial expressions. I can help you, no matter what level of ASL you know, I want to help you make progress and become fluent. I have a toddler and he is learning ASL, if he can, you can! See you in the classroom!

About Serfirys

My name is Serfirys, my sign name is SF on the side of the chin. I am originally from Dominican Republic but I have been living in New York City for the past two years with my wife and young son. I have been teaching ASL for about fifteen years, and it is one of the things I enjoy, seeing others lig

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Angelina
Great, patient, helps you learn without even realizing you're learning.
Naomi M.
I've had 3 lessons with Serfirys and they have all been great. He is very clear, patient and is constantly making sure I understand everything.
I highly recommend him!
Heather B.
I'm semi-beginner. Learned some signs at chuch.
Wanted to continue my learning, enrolled with TakeLessons. Selected Serfirys as my teacher. Had my first lesson and LOVE IT! Can't wait to continue.

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Average Cost of American Sign Language Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute American Sign Language lessons is $48. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $42 and $57 per hour.
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"Cathy is very knowledgeable of ASL and the history behind it. She demonstrates how the local deaf community uses signs that may be different in other places."
Ann
Took American Sign Language lessons from Catherine M.
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"Carla was very patient and easy to talk to. Her enthusiasm for teaching ASL made me realize I had made the right choice for my teacher."
Steve
Took American Sign Language lessons from Carla C.
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Took American Sign Language lessons from Leslie S.
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"A great instructor! Very patient and encouraging, and a great resource for real-world knowledge and experience. Very valuable insight, analogies, and guidance. Would definitely recommend!"
Beth
Took American Sign Language lessons from Dan C.
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"Serfiry is very fluent in his teachings abilities. He knows how to draw out the characters of the language. I can see the passion he has for his talent. Different backgrounds of people making progressive progress in sign language. It’s awesome to see the interaction with the students and Serfiry"
Luz Howard
Took American Sign Language lessons from Serfirys V.
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"She is awesome and very patient."
Sarah
Took American Sign Language lessons from Ava H.
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"Very enthusiastic about his work. I enjoy working with Serfiry. His a well respected person. He know how to interact with various people he comes in contacts with. As a ASL teacher he makes people very encouraging to reach there goals."
Ronald
Took American Sign Language lessons from Serfirys V.
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Smriti Choudhary
Took American Sign Language lessons from Eduardo C.
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"My daughter absolutely enjoys her time with Joy. She has always had a desire to learn ASL but there were no consistent opportunities for such an education. When she found out that ASL would meet her foreign language requirement, she started searching and found Take Lessons, which led her to Joy. Joy has a teaching style that has increased my daughter's passion for ASL...so much so, that she intends to continue her ASL education through the college level. If you or your child are serious about learning ASL, I highly recommend Joy. She should be in the schools with this."
Robin
Took American Sign Language lessons from Joy B.
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"Eduardo is a very patient and helpful teacher. I've learned so much so far and look forward to improving even more. He puts you at ease doing something that has the potential to cause a lot of frustration or anxiety. Great teacher!"
Brooke
Took American Sign Language lessons from Eduardo C.
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American Sign Language Lessons Near You and Online

Are you looking for a way to take your sign language skills to the next level? Signing up for sign language lessons with a qualified ASL teacher is the best way to learn how to sign. Whether online or in-person, private sign language lessons enable you to build up your conversational abilities in the most efficient way possible.

About ASL

American Sign Language (ASL) first arose in the early 19th century when a minister, Thomas Gallaudet, was attempting to teach his neighbor's deaf daughter how to read and write. Gallaudet visited the National Institute for Deaf-Mutes in Paris, then asked one of the professors to return with him to the United States. 

Together they established the American School for the Deaf and developed ASL. Today, ASL is the fourth most studie

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d language by American university students, but it’s not a universal language. In other words, signs differ between American, British, and French Sign Language. 

There are even different ASL dialects in the United States, Canada, and other countries. It's also a language in its own right — not an exact, word-for-word equivalent of spoken English. Syntax and words can change meaning in American Sign Language depending on hand movements, expressions, and where a sign is placed in a person's signing space.

Why Learn Sign Language?

Many people learn sign language because they're part of the Deaf Community or because they wish to communicate more easily with deaf friends and family members. But you certainly don't have to know someone who is deaf to want to learn ASL. There are plenty of other reasons to learn, too!

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires many businesses and services to provide ASL interpreters, so learning ASL will boost your resume in almost any industry. Knowing ASL also provides opportunities to help those around you. Consider volunteering at a local church or theater. Or, you can simply be prepared to assist a stranger when you’re out and about. 

Learning how to sign is a deeply rewarding process, right from the start. You’ll be amazed at just how much you can communicate with signs, facial expressions, and body language. This opens our minds to the fact that communication is about much more than spoken words.

What You'll Learn in American Sign Language Lessons

The prompt feedback, individual attention, and personalized curriculum you'll receive from a teacher in sign language will give you an advantage when learning this complex language. Many students find that private ASL lessons are more engaging and effective than large classroom settings.

Private lessons are available for students of all ages and backgrounds. Every lesson plan will be uniquely tailored to match the student’s individual interests and learning style. For example, if your goal is to communicate with a loved one, the focus of your sign language lessons may differ from those centered on professional applications of ASL.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner ASL Lessons

If you have little or no previous knowledge of ASL, a beginner’s lesson is the perfect place to start. These classes introduce students to the basics of sign language, laying the groundwork for ASL proficiency. In your first few lessons, you can expect to study the following topics:

  • Fingerspelling and numbers
  • Basic vocabulary
  • Commands and sentence structures
  • Asking and requesting
  • Providing clarifications
  • Pluralization
  • Classifiers

Sample Curriculum in Intermediate ASL Lessons

In intermediate American Sign Language Classes near you, you'll continue to refine your existing skills and practice using basic sentence structures. Intermediate lessons will likely cover the following topics:

  • Complex grammar rules
  • Communicating narratives
  • Proper sequencing
  • Conditionals
  • Additional study of the Deaf Culture and Community

Sample Curriculum for Advanced American Sign Language Lessons

In advanced American Sign Language lessons, you'll apply everything you've learned to develop and discuss more complex ideas. You'll discuss current events, political issues, and attitudes within the Deaf Community. Classes may cover the following topics:

  • Improve conversational skills
  • Describe complex situations and processes
  • Discuss hypotheticals
  • Use character role shifting
  • Develop simultaneous interpretation skills

The amount of time needed to learn ASL depends on your frequency of lessons as well as time dedicated to studying and practicing in the Deaf community. Most ASL degree programs recommend at least six courses to reach a lower-intermediate level. 

Achieving fluency requires additional education and practice. But don’t be intimidated! You can overcome challenges and learn more quickly when studying with a private teacher at your own pace.

Find the Right ASL Teacher

Every student has their own learning style and should find a teacher they can connect with. When you're ready to begin lessons, a quick search in our directory for ASL teachers will provide a long list of qualified candidates. You can view qualifications such as teaching experience, degrees, reviews, and more. You can even send an introductory message to them before booking your first lesson.

Our teachers come highly recommended and have passed background checks. They’re also flexible when it comes to scheduling so that you can learn at your convenience. Lessons can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the goals of the student. You’ll find that learning ASL is a great investment of your time and energy, whether you take lessons twice a week or just once a month.

Online sign language lessons bring students a whole new level of access to the best ASL teachers. You can use online lessons to stay connected with your tutor, whether they’re across town or across the country. This also means you can keep your pajamas on and learn from the comfort of your home!

When studying with a TakeLessons tutor, you'll enjoy course materials that are customized to your interests. Teachers can also provide special focuses in areas such as interpretation. So, whether you want to improve your existing skills or you’re just getting started, studying with a private tutor will put you on the fast track to reaching your goals!

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Is ASL used throughout the United States? Is it only spoken by those who are Deaf and hard of hearing? Believe it or not, ASL is widely used by several people in many areas throughout the U.S. There are approximately 500,000 deaf people in the U.S. Yet, these are not the only people who use American Sign Language. Besides the Deaf communities throughout, there are also hard of hearing individuals who are fluent in ASL. ASL Interpreters Another group of people that use ASL almost on a daily …

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Sign Language for Beginners: 10 Basic ASL Phrases & Words

To effectively communicate with sign language, you need to know basic sign language words and phrases. Just like spoken languages, there are a variety of sign languages used around the world. American Sign Language (ASL) is used throughout North America, including the U.S. and English-speaking Canada. ASL is a complete language, which means that you can communicate just about anything through signing. Those who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as people with functional hearing, use ASL …

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What's the Difference Between ASL & BSL?

Have you been wondering, "What's the difference between ASL and BSL?" This is a great question, and deserves a little more background. First of all, did you know that sign language is not universal? Just like there are numerous spoken languages (around 6,500) used across the globe, there are also many sign languages (somewhere between 138-300) used by various Deaf communities. Though it’s a common belief, sign languages do not stem from a country’s spoken language. The natural develo …

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