By Jacqueline Samaroo on March 09, 2018
LET'S SIGN! American Sign Language (ASL) is an extremely complex language that is a combination of hand movements and facial expressions. There are thousands of different gestures and signs that are part of it! Can you identify the sign language letters and words?
American Sign Language was created around the early 1800s and heavily influenced by French Sign Language. Even though it was created in 1817, it would take over 100 years before it was recognized as a "true" language. Since it is called "American" sign language, you might think the it follows the flow of common American grammar. You'd be wrong! As if it wasn't challenging enough, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says that ASL "has its own rules for pronunciation, word order, and complex grammar."
It's clear to see that ASL is an extremely complicated language which is why it is encouraged for children to begin learning it as young as possible. If you're here to take this quiz, it's clear you started learning some ASL eventually. When did you begin and how much do you know?
Could you recognize the 26 signs for the alphabet? Could you recognize phrases like "I love you" or words like "please?" There's only one way to find out!
Put your ASL skills to the test and let's see if you can identify these sign language letters and words!