10 Things You Should Know About ASL

1. American Sign Language is Not English on the hands

2. ASL is a Visuo-Spatial language (meaning, not only do the signs need to be comprehended, but where the signs are happening needs to be understood)

3. ASL has grammatical features

4. English word endings are not used to depict tense in ASL

5. Both English and ASL are filled with adjectives

6. Prepositions in ASL are shown in locatives

7. There are several ways to form negative sentences in ASL

8. The verb “to be” is signed differently in ASL and is not represented by English signs

9. Fingerspelling plays a role in ASL

10. ASL does not use written format

Scheetz, Nanci, and Susan Easterbrooks. “10 Things You Should Know About American Sign Language.” ASL Interpreting and Deaf Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2011. <http://pride.valdosta.edu/online