Hello! 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.
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.
You can find all of my lessons, interviews, and tips on my YouTube channel “Chris Gorges” where I publish a new video every week. If you hit the subscribe button underneath any of the videos and ring the bell, you’ll be notified when a new video goes up. This is a great way to be consistent and add new vocabulary, gain insights into deaf culture, or receive some great learning tips. Plus, its free!
A FREE GUIDE
Another freebie that can help you get a head start is my guide “6 Steps to Sign Language Fluency”
In this guide you will learn a few ways in which you can speed up the learning process itself so you can attain your goals of becoming fluent in as little time as possible.
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.
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 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. We have things varying from t-shirts and hoodies, to phone cases and stickers. Come check out and see what we have to offer.