7 Websites and Apps That Offer Free Sign Language Classes

Take a free online course to learn sign language

Illustration of a woman signing in front of a laptop

 Ashley Deleon Nicole @Lifewire

These free sign language classes use a variety of techniques to teach you sign language so you can communicate with a loved one or simply have fun learning to sign.

Included in these free sign language classes are videos, quizzes, puzzles, games, diagrams, and printables that will really help you learn how to sign or how to build on the sign language that you already know.

Some of the sign language classes are huge courses with many units to teach you the complete sign language and some are smaller classes that will just teach you the basics. Whatever free class you choose, you'll have a great time building up your skills.

I have lots of other free sign language resources that include free games, apps, printables, and more. Also, if you're wanting to use sign language with your baby, here are some free baby sign language resources to help you and your baby learn how to sign.

American Sign Language University's Free Sign Language Classes

American Sign Language University webpage

There are plenty of great resources available from American Sign Language University (ASLU). On top of the 30 lessons, dictionary search, and numbers guide, you can find a fingerspelling practice tool, quizzes, and several word search puzzles, among other things.

You'll find many videos on sign language here, and the lessons are in order of difficulty so you can progressively learn to sign like you would with any other language.

Be sure to check out the First 100 Signs video which is a great introduction to common signs used between parents and younger children. There are also some practice sentences you can practice using the signs you learned from the video

Sign Language 101's Free Sign Language Classes

Sign Language 101 webpage

Watch 10 video lessons of Dr. Byron W Bridges teaching you ABC's, colors, pronouns, gestures, numbers, body language, common phrases, antonyms, verbs, directions, time, common phrases, and more.

Videos are around 20 minutes long each, giving you a deep look at signing as you progress from easier to harder lessons. After completing the lesson you should have a great grasp on the basics of sign language.

Expert Village's Free Sign Language YouTube Videos

Expert Village Sign Language lessons on YouTube

If you'd like to try out the basics of sign language before you commit to a whole course, try out these free YouTube videos.

Expert Village has a collection of 15 videos to help you learn common phrases. Among other things, colors, everyday words, animals, and beverages are some of the topics of discussion. Each video is just a couple minutes in length.

StartASL's Free Sign Language Classes

Start ASL homepage

There are plenty of free resources available that you can learn at StartASL.

There are around 40 units spread across three classes, with lots of videos for easy learning and printable workbooks for answering questions. Units are set up in such a way that you start off easy with the basics and then move toward the harder signs, such as conversation practice and storytelling. There's also a set of units for learning to fingerspell.

Free Sign Language Classes at ASLPro.com

ASL Pro homepage

This website has a large dictionary of signs, a set of conversational phrases, and a number of religious signs. They each have a video to explain how the sign is to be performed.

After you've manually gone through the lessons, you can take lots of quizzes and play a handful of games.

Sign School

Sign School homepage

Sign School is a free online sign language class that steps you through the basics (starting with how to spell your name) and then moves you through lessons that progress in difficulty.

Besides the lessons, there are games and the sign of the day.

The ASL App

The ASL App homepage

Learn sign language on the go with the free ASL App that makes it easy to learn new signs and practice ones you already know. You get to set the pace and you can jump in and out of learning sign language whenever you want.

The ASL App will help you learn the alphabet, numbers, universal gestures, colors, and tons of other basic signs. There are also handshape exercises to get your hands used to the physical act of signing.