It’s been almost literally forever, but I’ve got another sign language lesson for you today! And it only took 365 days! This lesson is all about how to ask questions in ASL.
When you’re first learning sign language, using questions can be kind of awkward. First, they nearly always appear at the end of a sentence, which is weird to English speakers.
Example: “Where did you eat last night?”
In ASL, you would sign: “Last night, you eat where?” (Or something similar)
So it can be kind of strange using them. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll be signing questions all over the place! Read on to learn more about how to ask questions in sign language!
How to Ask Questions in Sign Language
This video includes a lesson in how to sign these common question words:
- What’s up
I also talk a little about how these question words are used. For example, “What’s up?” in sign language is often used as an informal greeting, just as it is in English. (“Hey! What’s up?) But it’s also used to ask for more information or for an explanation of a concept.
So you might see a sentence signed like this: “That book, what’s up?” – which means “What is that book about?” Or you might see this: “Before happen, what’s up?” – which means “Tell me about what happened earlier.” In English, “What’s up” is still considered slang, but it’s perfectly proper grammar in ASL!
Take a look at the video to see more about how to use question words in sign language!
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Johnny McCarron says
I’ll have to keep these basic things in mind as I’ve been thinking about learning sign language. Do you have any tips about becoming fluent in sign language? I really think it would make a difference to be able to communicate to those that can’t hear.
Selena Robinson says
Hi! My best advice is to just watch as many videos about signing as you can and try to connect with the deaf and hard-of-hearing in your area. You can learn sign language from a book (kind of), but until you get to learn about deaf people, you won’t really be fluent.