After English and Spanish, American Sign Language is the third most used language in the United States. American Sign Language has been used in the United States for over two hundred years! The alphabet is signed using one hand in ASL while British and German Sign Language uses two hands. Sign language doesn’t only use signs to communicate. It uses facial expression, hand movement, position, gestures and body language to communicate.
In ASL, all the signs pertaining to women (such as mother) are signed near to the jawline. On the other hand, men related signs (such as father) are signed by the forehead. Asl has their own definite grammar. For instance, a well-constructed question must be accompanied