American Sign Language Alphabet

The American Sign Language alphabet is a collection of 27 hand-made charactors or "hand-shapes" used to demonstrate each letter of the English alphabet.

The letters are represented by using the palm, fingers and thumb of a persons dominate hand in corrilation with a bent, rotated or straight wrist to make the individualized shapes. There is a very slight visual corrilation between the hand-shapes used in ASL and the shapes of writen English letters.

Fingerspelling as it is called is used for just that, to spell. Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals who use American Sign Language to communicate do not depend on the "fingerspelled" alphabet alone to communicate but use it mostly as a mode of spelling nouns (names of people, places and things) as well as enfising ideas, feelings, concepts and to clearify when and if a miscommunication accures.

Sign Language alphabet letters difer from country to country, same as most written language. Although, one would think that the letters used to sign the ABC's in England BSL (British Sign Language) would more closely resemble the hand-shapes used in American but they do not. Actually, England uses 2 hands to visualize its alphabet letters while American Deaf and Hard of Hearing peoples use only one hand, we like to keep things simple here.

Learn the ASL Alpabet Letters with our Printable Chart

There are many reasons a person might want to learn the ASL alpabet... little kids may want to learn it just for fun, a family member may want to learn it so they can communicate a little bit with a fellow family member who may be Deaf or Hard of Hearing or an individual interested in a high demand career as an ASL interpreter may start here in the process of becoming such. Whatever the case, you can use the completely original Printable ASL chart found right here on as your first step towards learning the ASL alpabet letters.

This printable ASL chart is easy to read and very clear. Use the sheet here as a resource to start memorizing the asl alphabet then when you think you've got it down try spelling A - Z without looking. If you can't, keep practicing. If you can... look around you for signs, papers, anything with writing on it and start practicing. It is very important as we said before to know that the alphabet is not the way Deaf people communicate most comfortably so while your learning the asl alphabet try picking of some everyday sign language vocab to use too.

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