Learning a new language can be fun, exciting, and empowering. However, at the same time it can be difficult and challenging. That is why I wanted to provide tools that can help make learning sign language a fun and engaging process.
On YouTube I have created some simple and easy to follow lessons to help you build a solid foundation for your sign language journey.
If you are completely new to the language, you may want to start with my “Learn the Basics” series where we cover things such as the ABCs, numbers, colors, animals, and also the first 100 signs you need to know.
I also have a other videos that cover themed based vocabulary on location, for example, teaching signs for zoo animals at a zoo or learning beach signs at the beach. These are a fun way to make learning new vocabulary a little more entertaining.
You can find all of my lessons, interviews, and tips on my YouTube channel where I publish a new videos regularly. Subscribing is a great way to be consistent and add new vocabulary, gain insights into deaf culture, and receive some great learning tips. Plus, its free!
A FREE GUIDE
Another freebie that can help you get a head start with learning sign language is this guide entitled “6 Steps to Sign Language Fluency”.
Time is our most precious resource, so this guide was designed to save you as much time as possible when learning a new languageso you spend less time struggling and more time communicating.
THE FASTEST ROUTE TO FLUENCY
When confronted with a monumental challenge, we have two choices. We can try to go at it alone or we could ask for help. Learning a new language can be like climbing an insurmountable mountain filled with challenges and pitfalls. Trying to make the climb alone can be quite frustrating.
For example, it wasn’t until 1953 that someone successfully climbed to the peak of Mount Everest. However, today over 800 people a year are able to reach the peak. How? With guides that help them each step of the way.
So when it comes to reaching conquering our Everest, we have the choice of trying to figure things out ourselves and push through various challenges, frustrations, and roadblocks … or we can have someone help us along the journey.
That is why my wife and I started to offer 1 on 1 tutoring for those that are interested in making the climb easier and more attainable. If this is something you would be interested in, you can check out more details here.
GROUP PRACTICE SESSIONS
In the past few months I have met many students that are currently trying to learn sign language but have been having a hard time finding others to practice with.
If you have been wanting to start practicing with other learners so you can advance your skills in the language, you can now do so by joining the GROUP PRACTICE tier on Patreon.
At this tier level you will have access to monthly group practice sessions hosted by either me or my wife Johnni Gorges. In this way you can have an opportunity to put what you have learned into practice with others learners.
Groups will consist of between 2-5 students at a time and I will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for all. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me direction at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you aim to be even more consistent with your learning, we publish daily content that covers vocab, grammar, deaf culture, and more on all of the popular social media platforms. Below are links to each one.
SUPPORT OUR MISSION
ASL Basics was created with the goal of offering free educational content to allow anyone the opportunity to learn sign language online. I am very grateful that so far we have been able to do just that. We have enabled tens of thousands of people from dozens of countries to learn sign language on their own terms.
According to the National Institute on Deafness (NIDCD) as many as 3 of every 1,000 children are born with hearing loss and more than 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
Your support would mean that we could continue to produce free educational content to empower hearing parents to communicate with their deaf or hard-of-hearing children, teachers the ability to directly communicate with their deaf students, or afford anyone the opportunity to learn sign language and be a part of the deaf community.
On top of that, you also receive some special benefits on Patreon too, such as exclusive access to our patron-only feed which includes things like effective learning strategies, tips on how to speed up your progress, behind the scenes content, early access to our lessons, and more. And as an added bonus, you also get a discounts on all our merch.
Another way you can help support us continue to make free educational content is by getting some merch. It’s a fun way to show that you belong to the sign language community and look stylish while doing it. We have a few fun designs that each are available in various styles, sizes, and colors. You can check out them all here or check out each design with the images below.
My name is Chris Gorges and my goal with ASL Basics is to provide free educational content available to anyone that would like to learn sign language. Both my wife and I have been deeply involved within the deaf community for over 10 years and are very grateful to be a part of it. We are both currently working as certified sign language interpreters in California and are very happy that we have been able to help many others learn and attain fluency in sign language.
Over the years I have given over 100 public discourses in dozens of cities and have worked with students of all ages and all grade levels. My favorite part of what I do though is teaching. Why? Because in many cases, sign language is the sole means of communication between family members, relatives, students, or deaf in our local communities.
However I know learning an entirely new language can be hard. Even more so when you don’t have others to practice with. That is why I am striving to create an large online community of learners that can support each other as we all go through the process of learning the language together.
If you are a busy parent that has a deaf or non-verbal child, a teacher with a deaf student, or are someone that would like to make sign language a career, first I want to commend you for accepting the challenge of learning sign. Secondly, I assure you that I will do my utmost to help you through the difficult process of learning a language, get past the struggles, and attain the fluency you are looking for.