ASL Grammar Without Frustration Part Three

You've made it to part three! Wahoo!

Did you miss ASL Grammar Part One? Go check it out as well. You get a free download.

Did you miss ASL Grammar Part Two? Don't skip it! You also get a free download for you to practice with.

In Part One we went over why you need to know ASL grammar and why not to put it off so late. We also went over Facial Expressions and the role they play in ASL grammar.

In Part Two we went over Body Language, then we combined Facial Expressions and Body Language to use in a specific form of ASL grammar.

Now in Part Three, we'll be going over some new things -- don't want to give away the surprise before the video starts -- that cover grammar and the ASL model.

ASL Grammar Without The Frustration Part Two

You've been biting your nails, anticipating part two in the ASL grammar series.

Well, put your hand down, get the bandaids out, and get to watching.

I say it in this video and in part one -- Did you miss Part One? Well, go on ahead and watch it so you're not behind. This video will be here when you get back. -- knowing sign language is so much more than just knowing the signs, knowing your vocabulary. It's just a fraction.

Obviously, it's important, there's just so much more to sign language than your favorite Sign Language dictionary.

Don't despair! It's not going to be crazy difficult.

Last time we talked about facial expression and its importance in ASL is not just with looking lively, but is actually part of ASL grammar.

ASL Grammar Without The Frustration

But then... you've started to learn it and your brain cramps up, there's just so much to it that you get confused and frustrated, and just worry that no one in the world will understand a thing you're saying. Much less your grammar being correct.

Or worse.

They'll laugh at you (and not in a good way). They'll tell you to stop signing, tell you to quit, and make you feel like a big embarrassed piece of garbage.

First of all, let me assure that none of the above will happen.

Second, I am here to help you move forward and get comfortable with grammar. So comfortable that you won't even realize you're using grammar, but will just be signing along, enjoying yourself, and not headed for a panic and stress-induced stroke.

Learn ASL in 31 Days: Day 2:: Questions

Welcome to the second day of Learn ASL in 31 Days! Today you're going to learn the proper way to sign questions.  

You've been dying to learn ASL forever! Now you can! You'll learn not only vocabulary, but also grammar and all the skills the go along with ASL. For FREE! Pin so you can have easy access to all 31 lessons. Learn the right way to ask questions!



First, how did you do with Day 1?  You practice your alphabet?  Keep it up!!


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Why are you learning questions for day 2?

Questions set the foundation for ASL grammar, which is vital to signing ASL and not SEE.

SEE = Signed Exact English

ASL = American Sign Language

If you don't know already, ASL is its own language and is not gestures based on English.  It has its own grammar, rules, syntax, and the like just as every other language.


You will also have a TON of questions to ask when you're learning ASL. You're going to want to be able to ask them right from the beginning.

Watch the video and then make sure you read the information underneath as it will give you even more tips and ideas of how best to use your new signs.


Turn on the captions!!  If you are viewing on a tablet or phone you can click this link to view it in YouTube.

Remember to put on the captions. There is no audio in this video, to know what I'm signing you'll need the captions!


How to Use Questions

You all know how to ask questions!  That's pretty easy.  As you are learning ASL you will be asking lots of questions!

  • How do you sign ___?
  • What does ____ mean?
  • What's your name?
  • Where is ____?

Special Why

The sign WHY is used as a rhetorical question and in place of because.

Here's an example:




  • I could also have said because in place of why.  However, why is used most frequently as I showed you in the example.
  • No, I wasn't shouting at you.  All caps is how you write ASL.  You can't really write it, but you can write out the signs you would use and the order and all sorts of other goodness.


Don't forget how important your facial expressions and body language are in ASL.

That is how you know you're asking a question, making an exclamation, being sarcastic, sad, funny, anything!  When speaking you inflect your voice to indicate you're asking a question. In signing it  is your face.

WH questions

For WH questions: who, what, where, when, why, how, what-do your face is to be in a certain facial expression.


Do you remember what it was from the video?




Did you remember?


Your eyebrows are down, eyes are squinting, lips pursed, and you lean forward - or backward.  You don't have to be comical about it, but don't be shy about it.


Yes/No questions

For Yes or No questions your eyebrows are raised and you tilt your head and body forward.  You would also change the phrasing of your sentence.




You remember what the sign for candy is?  Twist your index finger where your dimple would be (in cheek, near mouth).  You'll see me sign this quite often.  What can I say, I like candy!


If you have more questions about ASL I  have a few posts that can help answer common questions.


urkelgif 13 Things to Never Say to a Deaf Person

18 More Things To Never Say to a Deaf Person

The Shocking Truth About ASL in GIFs

There's more, but I won't overwhelm you today!  I'll save that for another day. :)


Join in on my Facebook page to join in on the conversations and ask all the questions you can think of!


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Here's Day 3