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The Benefits of Learning ASL
There are dozens of benefits of learning ASL, from professional to social. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s a great idea to learn sign language online.
- Knowing a second language is an added bonus on any resume and will further qualify you for customer service roles.
- Take advantage of the exciting career opportunities that are available for those fluent in sign language, such as concert interpreters and speech pathologists.
Physical and mental benefits
- Increase your brain power! Learning any language, including ASL, has been found to enhance cognitive processes such as problem solving and memorization.
- Using signs helps young children develop fine motor skills and muscle memory more quickly.
- Gain a better understanding of the rich and diverse Deaf culture, which includes art, music, and poetry.
- Open the door to countless opportunities for new friendships within the Deaf community. If you like making friends and crossing cultural barriers, American Sign Language classes are an excellent choice!
- Speaking sign language makes many recreational activities much more fun. You can use sign language while on a nature walk to avoid disturbing the wildlife, or while camping to have long distance conversations using binoculars.
Tips for Practicing ASL
The more you practice ASL, the better you’ll become and the faster you’ll improve. There are countless fun and effective ways to practice your signing skills. Here are 10 ideas to increase the learning impact of your online sign language classes.
- Get involved in your local Deaf community or attend a public gathering to immerse yourself in the language and get valuable conversation practice.
- Schedule weekly coffee dates with someone who is fluent in ASL and tell them how your week went. You can use Deaf Chat Coffee if you need help finding a language partner near you.
- Find a curious friend or relative to teach American Sign Language to. Even teaching the basic skills you’ve learned so far will help reinforce the concepts in your memory.
- Take advantage of video text messaging apps such as Glide to conveniently chat with other friends who use ASL.
- Listen to your favorite songs and challenge yourself to sign the lyrics. You can even slow down the song on YouTube if you’d like.
- Join an ASL discussion group on Facebook, such as ASL That! which has over 50,000 members. Facebook’s video feature makes it easy to dive into Deaf culture and be a part of the conversation.
- YouTube has several American Sign Language lessons online, and these video resources help you memorize the alphabet, numbers, and more. Check out the playlist linked above for starters. Also, watching others use ASL makes for good practice, so try looking up videos of interpreters at work!
- Websites like ASLPro feature dozens of interactive games and quizzes to test your knowledge of sign language as you progress.
- Study a sign language dictionary to expand your vocabulary when you’re unsure of how to sign something. ASL Dictionary is the perfect companion with video clips of more than 5,000 words and phrases.
- Add an ASL keyboard like Signily to your iPhone or Android for even more practice. If you forget a letter, you can easily switch back and forth to your normal keyboard.