Are your ASL fingerspelling skills up to par?

Are your ASL fingerspelling skills up to par?

Fingerspelling is the litmus test for signing skills.

Are you fingerspelling everyday?

Are you struggling to figure out if your ASL skills are improving at all?

As I said, fingerspelling is the litmus test for your signing skills, your signing ability.

7 Habits of Wildly Successful Sign Language Learners

I have lots of habits.

Unfortunately for me, my kids like to mimic just the bad ones.

My middle son, Animal, was at his grandparent’s house one day.

A group of us are lounging on the couch chatting away with spaghetti simmering on the stove in the kitchen behind us.

Animal stomps down the stairs, bursts into the living room and shouts, “what the hell is that smell!?”

Of course, I’m too immature to not laugh and parent my child. Mr. Barlow to the rescue.

Saying hell is obviously a bad habit of mine.

I know you may think that’s a silly bad habit, but we were raised to not swear and teach our children the same.

Except, well… I had a 2 year span when I was 17-19 that I swore like a sailor because I was an idiot. Sometimes it just comes out without me realizing it, even after all these years. Thus, my penchant for saying hell.

My defense… it’s not really a swear word.

Before my tendancy to over share explodes from my fingers, I’ll move on to the postive part.

We may have bad habits, but we also have good habits, so don’t despair. All is not lost.

Learn ASL in 31 Days: Day 3:: Time

  Welcome back to Learn ASL in 31 Days! You've made it to the third day!  Today you'll learn time signs.

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How did Day 2 go for you? Let me know in the comments.


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Time is more than just something that zips by you at lightning speed or crawls by like a tortoise.


Time is a very important component for ASL.



ASL doesn't use -ed to indicate past tense.

You don't sign I jogged, or I ran. 

You don't sign I jumped, or I decided. 


You use time signs to structure your sentences and add past, future, and sometimes present tense to your signs and sentences.

I'll break it down so it's not overwhelming!


First, watch the video, then we'll get down to it.


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Remember to put on the captions. There is no audio!!



Past Tense

  • You sign BEFORE (past) + what you did. Example: BEFORE BOOK READ
  • You sign FINISH + what you did. Example: FINISH BOOK READ
  • You sign the amount of time + what you did. Example: LAST-WEEK BOOK READ

Future Tense

  • You sign WILL (future) + what you will do. Example: WILL BOOK READ
  • You sign the amount of time + what you will do. Example: TOMORROW BOOK READ WILL (the will is for emphasis and can be optional)

Present Tense

  • You sign NOW + what you do. Example: NOW BOOK READ

With present tense, you don't have to sign NOW every time. You do that for emphasis, clarification, or as direction. Every present tense sentence doesn't need to start with NOW.


Actually, I have a whole lesson set aside for this, so I just gave you a quick overview!  You have lots of new signs you learned today, so I'd rather you practice those for now.


Later this week I'll have a practice sheet for you to put all these words together in sentences!

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