My name is Ryan Moriarty. I am a college student attending the University of Montevallo with a minor in Deaf Studies. I became interested in sign language in high school and began teaching myself basic vocabulary. I searched for good online lesson-oriented sign language resources and found a lack there of. I already created vlog type videos on my personal youtube channel and naturally was drawn toward video as a medium of learning, communicating, and sharing information. I started creating these videos in an effort to fill a need that I saw and also teach myself within the process. While I am not as experienced or qualified as an interpreter, I am constantly growing and looking for ways to improve myself.
You’re probably familiar with American Sign Language, but did you know that ASL isn’t the only type of sign language? In this overview of different types of sign language, you'll learn that in the United States alone there are two other main kinds, called PSE and SEE. Learn the basics of sign language systems and discover why, despite the similarities between the English we speak in America and English spoken in Britain, ASL is actually closest to French Sign Language!
Looking to broaden your linguistic skills with American Sign Language? Start at the beginning, and learn each letter in the alphabet, as Sign Language 101 demonstrates the proper sign. Though ASL includes many different signs for many different words, not every word in English has a sign, making fingerspelling an extremely important skill to have.
Don’t talk to the hand, talk with your hands! Test your knowledge of American Sign Language fingerspelling with this quiz from Ryan Moriarty of Sign Language 101. In this ten-question quiz, Ryan spells out words in ASL, and you must use your linguistic skills to figure out what he is communicating. The quiz is a great follow-up to Ryan’s previous lesson, "The Alphabet in Sign Language."
It’s easy to show numbers 1 through 10 with your fingers, but if you couldn’t communicate verbally, how would you demonstrate a large number like 1,785,322? American Sign Language can provide the answer! Though ASL methods of counting on your hands take a bit of getting used to, with a little practice there’s no number you won’t be able to sign. Learn how to sign from 0 to 1,000,000 in this lesson from Sign Language 101.
Why just count numbers on your fingers when you can say numbers with your fingers? Test your knowledge of American Sign Language numbers and fingerspelling with this eight-question quiz from Ryan of Sign Language 101, and improve your linguistic and communication skills. The quiz is a great follow-up to Ryan’s previous lesson, "Numbers in Sign Language."
Your loved ones are the most important things in life—so make sure you know how to sign the name for each of your relatives! In this lesson from Sign Language 101, Ryan demonstrates how to sign all of the titles, names, and words relevant to your family (including the word “family”). Learning the reasoning behind many of the signs (like those for “girl,” “grandfather,” and “children”) will make mastering this new vocabulary a breeze. Finally, learn which titles/names are gender specific.
Learn how to sign words for around the home! In this lesson from Sign Language 101, Ryan demonstrates signs for vocabulary words having to do with the house: room, door, couch, closet, basement, attic, and many more. These words will be useful in every day life, so feel "at home" using the signs for around the house!
So, you've been studying sign language, and have watched the lessons on families, relationships, and the home. Now, it’s time to test your memory and correct any signs that need adjusting! In this quiz from Sign Language 101, Ryan tests you on some of the most foundational and most important signs you’ll learn: those relating to the most important people in your life, your family and friends, and your home!
He can sign, she can sign... now you can sign, too! In this sixth lesson in the series from Ryan Moriarty of Sign Language 101, learn to sign personal and possessive pronouns, both singular and plural, in American Sign Language. The video also covers adding the 'self' ending to any pronoun and related vocabulary words, including 'person,' 'people,' 'any,' and 'every.'
How do you sign colors? Ask, and sign language buff Ryan Moriarty shall answer! In this lesson in his Sign Language 101 course, learn how to sign colors and basic question words. The lesson covers the American Sign Language signs for red, orange, yellow, blue, green, pink, white, grey, black, tan, brown, gold, silver, ask, answer, who, what, when, where, why, how, which, and because.
Sign language is a valuable language to know—so test your muscle memory and see how much you've learned! Now that you’ve watched lessons on signing pronouns, colors, and questions, Ryan Moriarty of Sign Language 101 is here to test you on your skills. This quiz is conducted entirely in sign language, so make sure that you are comfortable with the signs, and have watched the corresponding lessons. Good luck, and let the signing begin!
Learn to discuss your dashing duds in sign language! In this lesson from Sign Language 101, Ryan demonstrates the signs for the major articles of clothing, including those specific to women (ex: skirt) and men (ex: tie). You'll also learn the signs for accessories like jewelry, purses, and scarves. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to discuss clothing in any conversation!
Set up a date to learn American Sign Language! Ryan Moriarty from Sign Language 101 demonstrates and teaches you how to make the signs for each of the days of the week, with important tips for the beginner signer. A handy hint: there's a pattern most days follow... but not all, so don't get caught out!
No need to find yourself at odds with American Sign Language! This lesson is the first of four beginner videos from Sign Language 101's Ryan Moriarty teaching you crucial verb and adjective signs and their opposites. Signs in this video include: come and go; open and close; large and small; start and stop; new and old; slow and fast; dry and wet; and clean and dirty.
In this second of four American Sign Language lessons on opposites, Ryan Moriarity from Sign Language 101 helps you to expand your ASL vocabulary by learning some common verbs and adjectives and their opposites. Signs in this video include: always and never; right and wrong; strong and week; hot and cold; true and false; up and down; and agree and disagree.
Want to take your American Sign Language to extremes? Expand your vocabulary with help from Ryan Moriarty in this third of four lessons on common words and their opposites. This videos covers instructions on how to sign the words: best, worst, same, different, find, lose, easy, difficult, can, can't, with, without, tall, short, before, and after. When learning to sign with these lessons, you can't lose!
Learn sign language from these straightforward and engaging lessons, complete with demonstrations and tips on how to remember different signs. In this fourth and final lesson on common words and their opposites, Ryan Moriarty teaches you how to sign words including: great (or wonderful), lousy, improve, deteriorate, exciting, boring, beautiful, ugly, light, dark, long, short, soft, and hard.
You've worked hard learning new words in American Sign Language using Ryan Moriarty's four Sign Language 101 lessons on words and their opposites. It's time to put your knowledge to the test! Learn a few bonus words to flesh out your sentences (sing, about, and opposite), and then remind yourself of all that you've learned by taking this quiz on the sign language vocabulary covered in those videos. This quiz is a great way for beginners learning sign language to chart their progress.
Learning American Sign Language is a skill that you can practice all year round! Ryan Moriarty brings you another lesson on sign language for beginners by teaching you how to sign the words for season, summer, spring, winter, and fall. Get clear demonstrations, explanations of synonyms, and a chance to expand your vocabulary and practice your sign language.