17 Free Sign Language Learning Resources

Learn sign language with free courses, videos, games, and more

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.

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There are also free baby sign language resources if you're wanting to use sign language with your baby.

American Sign Language University's Free Sign Language Classes

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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 videos which are a great introduction to common signs used between parents and younger children. There are also some sentences you can practice using the signs you learned from the videos.

Sign Language 101's Free Sign Language Classes

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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.

You can watch these sign language videos on his YouTube channel or through the link below.

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.

Start ASL's Free Sign Language Classes

Start ASL free lessons page

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

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. 

ASL Connect From Gallaudet University

ASLConnect sign language resources from Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University, a private school for the deaf and hard of hearing, has this ASL Connect program to help you learn sign language from home. There are over 20 videos to help you learn everything from colors, letters, and numbers to themes regarding sports, family, weather, basic needs, places, and more.

There are also basic, interactive sign language lessons you can take part in. These include three modules—Personal Information, Making an Encounter, and People—each with their own set of lessons such as greetings, telling your name, making an introduction, vocabulary, and more.

Free Sign Language Classes at ASLPro.com

Aslpro.com conversational phrase

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.


SignSchool beginner's video lesson

SignSchool 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.

However, you can select any difficulty you want if you're already knowledgeable; pick between Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Besides the lessons, there's also a fingerspelling game and the sign of the day.

Sign Language Learning Apps

Apps are available for mobile devices that let you learn sign language anywhere, a benefit if you don't use a computer often or if you like to squeeze in some ASL courses on the go.

The ASL App

The ASL App on Android

Learn sign language on the go with the free ASL App that makes it easy to understand 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.

This sign language app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad.

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ASL Fingerspelling Game for Android

ASL American Sign Language Fingerspelling Game on Android

Flip through this game to see how to sign every letter of the alphabet using pictures. You can start from A and move through to Z, or you can get random letters to mix it up a little.

There are over 140 flashcards to review in this app, plus dozens of other activities.

This game for learning sign language is for Android devices only.

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Marlee Signs for iOS

Marlee Signs iPhone app

Marlee Signs is video-based and shows you how to sign any word letter-by-letter. Plus, there's a library of conversation starters, numbers, letters, and other common words.

The great thing about this sign language learning app is that you can learn at your own pace. Instead of being pushed through a course from start to finish, you learn what you want when you want.

iPhone and iPad users can install Marlee Signs.

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Printable Sign Language Charts

Sign language letters and numbers

Printable sign language charts are good for instant reference. Put a few in your pocket, place them around the house, or spend some time memorizing them to learn offline.

Start ASL's free sign language chart of common words provides images of words like "what," "how," "hungry," "bathroom," "woman," and "food" being signed. Instructions for how to sign are below most of them.

Alphabet fingerspelling provides two sets of pictures you can print for learning the alphabet. Both sets have the letters on the hands, but they also have a version without the letters for practice.

Print individual letters in sign language for large, printable letters of the alphabet represented in sign language. One way to use these is to print them off and place them next to objects that start with that letter for passive learning.

These numbers/common words/letters are similar to the other printables here with four images you can print for keywords, such as "how," "which," "where," "yes," "please," "thanks," "goodbye," etc. There are also printables for the alphabet and numbers 1 through 10.

Online Sign Language Games

Deafsign sign language game

Online games can make learning sign language fun. If you've completed a few courses or spent some time with a sign language app or worksheet, play a game to test what you've learned.

Choose the Sign gives you random signs, and you must select the right answer from the ones given. There's also a 2nd3rd, and 4th section for similar questions.

The Name the Color game on Sporcle tests whether you can name all 18 colors before the 15-minute timer is up.

What's the Number? signs a number to you and you must provide the correct answer. You can adjust the amount of time the sign remains on the screen, and you can play with numbers from zero through nearly a billion!

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