Basic ASL: First 100 Signs
This page contains links to about a hundred basic ASL signs that
are frequently used between parents and their young children.
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.
- Family - mom,
dad, boy-girl, marriage,
brother-sister, grandpa-grandma, aunt-uncle,
- Places - home, work, school, store, church,
- Time - day, night, week, month, year,
before-(in the past),
- Temperature - hot, cold
- Food - pizza, milk, hamburger,
hot dog, egg,
fork, cup, cereal,
candy, cookie, hungry
- Clothes - shirt, pants, socks, shoes, coat, underwear
- Health - wash, hurt, bathroom,
brush teeth, sleep,
- Feelings - happy, angry, sad, sorry, cry, like, good-bad,
- Requests - please, excuse, thank
you, help, who,
what, when, where, why, how, stop
- Amounts - big, tall, full,
- Colors - blue, green, yellow,
red, brown, orange, gold &
- Money - dollars, cents, cost
- Animals - cat,
Also see: here,
One hundred signs
[Or click here for a sample quiz assignment for which the answers have NOT been posted so you can use them for student
Sample Practice Sentences:
Here are a few practice sentences you can sign using the
"First 100 Sign Concepts"
Note: Don't sign the information in the [ ] brackets.
I LOVE MY FAMILY.
MY DAD LIKE[s] COLD PIZZA.
MY MOM LIKE[s] CHURCH.
[The] HE-(point off to your side) BOY LIKE[s] HOT-DOG[s].
[The] SHE-(point) GIRL WANT[s] [to] FOOD [eat].
[The] THOSE-2 BOY [and] GIRL FUTURE [will] MARRIAGE [get married].
MY BROTHER LIKE HOT WASH-(body) [bath].
MY SISTER LIKE[s] SCHOOL.
MY GRANDMA HAVE [ has a] GREEN COAT.
PAST [last] YEAR MY GRANDPA WORK [ed].
MY AUNT SLEEP HER UNDERWEAR.
MY UNCLE DIVORCE.
SHE HAPPY BABY!
SHE (the) GIRL (is) SINGLE
MY MOM-DAD (parents) (are) SEPARATE(d).
I FINISH(ed) MY HOME-WORK.
I DRIVE-to SCHOOL.
I GO (to the) STORE.
I PAST GO (went to) CHURCH WITH MY BOY-MARRIAGE (husband).
PAST (last) WEEK I SLEEP IN MY CAR.
PAST (last) NIGHT (it was) COLD OUT (outside).
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