Sign Language Numbers
Learning sign language numbers is one of the quickest ways to be successful in learning the language. Numbers 0-10 are pretty intuitive.
ASL is the 4th most common language in the United States. While originally developed for deaf people and hard of hearing, now many parents teach it to babies before they have spoken language.
And, for reasons not fully understood, many autistic students who lack verbal skills, can express themselves using ASL.
My own son who is now a teenager, has very few verbal expressions but has many things he can say in ASL.
Numbers in Sign Language
Teaching numbers in sign language is also a math skill, even if the child doesn’t realize it.
Part of learning math and numbers is being able to quantify things—like being able to not just know the number 2 and say the number 2, but can you visualize what 2 of something looks like?
But when you are doing the sign language sign for 2, you are holding up 2 fingers. Thus, it reinforces what 2 of something look like. Make sense?
Sign Language Numbers 1-10
Starting with 1-10 is where most people start when learning ASL numbers. This is an area where participants can have early success in this new skill. From there you can build to learning colors in sign language or other common words like thank you in ASL.
Here are some free ASL Number worksheets you can print and use. They include coloring pages which can make learning sign language more fun and more inviting for kids.
In addition to the sign language number skills, there are many other skills that can be reinforced. I have them listed below the free PDF worksheets.
The PDF worksheets for sign language numbers can be used at home or at school. They may not be sold or used commercially, per the terms of the clip art.
I have a few other resources for you to use for ASL and learning numbers in ASL.
Here is a coloring workbook of ASL numbers.
After you learn the ASL numbers, you may want to learn the ASL alphabet for fingerspelling, colors in sign language, or other common words in ASL.
Numbers in ASL
Learning numbers in sign language is a fun and valuable skill that can enhance communication with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. American Sign Language (ASL) is used widely in the United States and parts of Canada, and it’s a rich and complex language with its own grammar and syntax. If you’re new to ASL, learning numbers is a great place to start.
Numbers are used frequently in everyday conversation, so it’s important to have a good understanding of them. In ASL, numbers are signed by using specific hand shapes and movements, and they are signed differently than they are written in English.
For example, the number seven is signed by holding up the index and pinky fingers while keeping the other fingers down. The number eight is signed by holding up all fingers except the thumb.
There are a few different ways to learn numbers in ASL. One is to find a class or workshop in your community or to take an online course. Another option is to find a tutor who is proficient in ASL and can work with you one-on-one. If you’re not able to attend a class or find a tutor, there are also many resources available online, including videos, articles, and tutorials.
When learning numbers in ASL, it’s important to focus on both the hand shape and movement used for each number. The hand shape is the position of the fingers, and the movement is how the hand moves to sign the number. To master the hand shapes, it can be helpful to practice forming the hand shapes in front of a mirror or to use a tool such as a hand puppet to help you visualize the shapes.
In addition to learning the hand shapes and movements, it’s also important to understand the rhythm and flow of the numbers in ASL.
This includes the way numbers are signed in a sequence, as well as how they are signed in relation to other signs in a sentence. To develop this understanding, it’s helpful to practice signing numbers in different contexts, such as counting items, giving your age, or talking about money.
Another important aspect of learning numbers in ASL is to familiarize yourself with the numbering system used in ASL. This includes the way numbers are signed for larger values, such as tens, hundreds, and thousands.
Sign Language Numbers 1-20
For example, the number 50 is signed by holding up the “5” hand shape and then quickly changing it to the “0” hand shape. To help understand the numbering system, it’s helpful to practice counting up to 100 and beyond.
In conclusion, learning numbers in sign language is a valuable skill that can enhance communication with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. By focusing on hand shape, movement, rhythm, and the numbering system, you can build a strong foundation in signing numbers in ASL.
Whether you attend a class, work with a tutor, or use online resources, practicing regularly and using numbers in real-life situations is the key to mastering this skill.
How to Say It in American Sign Language
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