Numbers in ASL

Numbers are everywhere! When learning a new language, numbers are often one of the first things we learn, and for good reason. Whether you are talking about time, age, money, quantities, or math… numbers just are part of our daily lives.

If you are learning ASL, then learning how to sign numbers is a great place to start! Below is a list of some free resources that can help you get started. PLUS, be sure to learn more about our next free practice session down at the bottom.

If you’d like to really do a deep dive into the topic, be sure to check out our workshop Everything Numbers where we go cover counting, ordinal numbers, math, money, and more. Of course, we can’t talk numbers and not bring math into the equation. If you’d like to learn more signs related to math, you may want to check out DeafTEC’s STEM Dictionary. For more online ASL dictionaries, be sure to check out our ASL Learning Resources page.


Put It Into Practice

The best way to learn a new language is to use it. So, I encourage you to join our next free ASL group practice session where you can find a practice partner at a similar skill level as you. We accommodate learners of every skill level, from brand new to fluent. When you join, just let us know what skill level you would like to be put with and we will take care of the rest.

You will have about 30 minutes to turn your voice off and make the communication happen by any means necessary. Even if you are just getting started, these sessions are great opportunities to network with others and find some practice partners.

After the practice session we will be discussing how you can stay motivated and make learning sign language a long term success. This portion will be simultaneously interpreted into ASL for any deaf or hard of hearing individuals that join us. Below is more information about our next practice session and the Zoom link that we will be using.

August 19, 2020 – 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Practice Session: Numbers
Discussion: How to stay motivated
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/761349379

We hope that you can make it to this week’s practice session and would love to meet you. In the meantime, enjoy the videos and keep on learning!

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2 thoughts on “Numbers in ASL”

  1. Hello:
    I am new in signing and would like to learn
    Would you please tell me “what is a sign that say the next sign will be a number?”
    For example, if I want to sign the following:
    ABC 1234 DEFG
    After I signed the character C, then how/what do I sign to tell that the next sign will be number 1, and after I signed the number 4, how/what do I sign to tell that the next sign will be character D?
    That is ” Are there a need for such signs?”
    I cannot find it anywhere.
    Thank you very much
    Jim

    1. That’s a really good question, we recently did a workshop going over that exact topic. If you’d like to check it out, you can sign up for a free trial of Beyond the Basics and it is the first video on the top of the MEMBERS ONLY page. In a nutshell, there are a few guidelines that you can follow when signing a series of numbers and letters that are mixed together.

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