What’s ASL Nook?

An online hub of videos where a Deaf family teaches ASL in a casual, fun way to put people at ease in learning the natural language of the Deaf.

Why should you use ASL Nook?

ASL Nook was founded by two Deaf people who come from hearing families. The co-founders established ASL Nook after giving birth to a Deaf and hearing daughter seeing there was a resource gap for teaching new parents with Deaf children ASL where it was engaging to both the parent and child. If you are looking for authentic, real-life ASL then look no further than here.

ASL Nook is for who?

Deaf children, hearing family members, ASL students, and anyone who’ve said “I’ve always wanted to learn ASL!”

Is ASL really a language?

Yes, ASL is a visual language with its own grammar rules. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial experiences and body movements, are parts of ASL that enables one to express themselves fully.

Is ASL universal?

Like other languages, there are many other signed languages all over the world. By the way, check this video out of two Deaf girls, Shaylee from America and Ava from England, showing you that ASL is not the only signed language. 

How early can babies start learning sign language?

Many people do not realize that language, regardless if spoken or signed, is created in the same parts of the brain (How do Babies Acquire Language and Revolutionizing the Science of Learning). Let’s picture parents conversing their native language to their newborn. Immediately, the baby starts absorbing the language. Be it Spanish, ASL, Italian, or English. Although ASL uses a different modality, sign language acquisition works the same way as spoken languages. Hence, It’s never too early to get your baby to start learning sign language!

What’s the best way to learn sign language?

Many experts agree that the best way to learn ANY language is through frequent informal interaction with people who are fluent in same language. In other words, surround yourself with Deaf people that sign.

How do I communicate with a Deaf person if I don’t know sign language?

It is best to let the deaf person let you know their most preferred communication method. Be it signing, writing, gesturing, pointing, reading lips, or speaking.

What is wrong with the term “hearing-impaired”?

Hearing impaired is an antiquated word that puts all people with all ranges of hearing loss together when it’s actually the opposite.This term blatantly disregards the cultural identity of those in the Deaf community.

There are so many resources related to Deaf people, Deaf culture, and ASL. Where do I start?

Jump over to our Resources page. Should you find more on your own, make sure it is done by the Deaf people as they are the real experts!