American Sign Language

For this week's Mango Monday we present American Sign Language.

American Sign Language is one of the newest offerings from Mango languages. According to Mango:

If you’re someone who likes to talk with their hands, this language is for you. You’ll learn to use your entire body to chat with others in the American Sign Language (ASL) community, which boasts over 250,000 speakers in North America alone. Learn to ask someone out on a date, sign along to your favorite songs, or ask for directions in ASL. Train your brain to convey thoughts and ideas in an entirely new way with ASL’s unique grammar, syntax, and culture. Get ready to engage your hands, eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and even body position to tell the greatest story of your life.

American Sign Language is not the same as signed spoken English. It has its own grammar and syntax as any other language does. It is also not made exclusively of pantomime, though some signs do look like the meaning they wish to convey.

Because Mango's American Sign Language component is still in development, the first set of lessons is a 5 minute video about finger spelling the alphabet and a neat trick for how to sign repeated letters. Try it and have fun! Then stay tuned to Mango for more ASL components as the language offering grows.

American Sign Language is only available through Mango Languages.

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.