Sign Language 101
The Basics of American Sign Language

Born deaf to deaf parents and growing up with a deaf sister, Dr. Byron W. Bridges has used ASL as the primary language throughout his whole life. He attended deaf schools and public schools. Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University.

Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, Deaf Tend Yours. He has written video scripts and produced numerous sign language related videotapes/DVDs. He is a nationally-known teacher and lecturer in ASL and sign language interpretation. Dr. Bridges has been in the field of ASL linguistics, interpreting and post secondary teaching of ASL as a second language for 30 years. He is a certified Deaf interpreter (CDI), earning the certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

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    Sign Language Antonyms
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    Check out this American Sign Language (ASL) lesson from Dr. Bridges to learn how to sign common antonyms like "good" and "bad" or "smart" and "stupid."

    Check out this American Sign Language (ASL) lesson from Dr. Bridges to learn how to sign common antonyms like "good" and "bad" or "smart" and "stupid."

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    ASL Signs to Describe Time
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    Words like "late", "early", and "hour" all have their own unique signs in American Sign Language. Learn how to communicate various time expressions in ASL.

    Words like "late", "early", and "hour" all have their own unique signs in American Sign Language. Learn how to communicate various time expressions in ASL.

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    Calendar, Numbers 61-70 & Weather in ASL
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    Discover the signs for everything you need to describe numbers 61-70, calendars, seasons, and weather phenomena in this beginner ASL lesson with Dr. Bridges.

    Discover the signs for everything you need to describe numbers 61-70, calendars, seasons, and weather phenomena in this beginner ASL lesson with Dr. Bridges.

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    Labels in the Deaf Community
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    Have you ever wondered what the best way to refer to a deaf person is? Find out what deaf people have to say about certain labels during this cultural lesson.

    Have you ever wondered what the best way to refer to a deaf person is? Find out what deaf people have to say about certain labels during this cultural lesson.

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    ASL Signs for People & Relationships
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    During this lesson, focus on the ASL signs for nouns that describe people and family relations. Some examples include "mother", "father", and "neighbor."

    During this lesson, focus on the ASL signs for nouns that describe people and family relations. Some examples include "mother", "father", and "neighbor."

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    Sign Language Numbers 51-60 & the Body
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    It's time to learn the signs of the body! Find out how to distinguish your "nose" from your "face" when signing in ASL, plus, learn the numbers 51 through 60.

    It's time to learn the signs of the body! Find out how to distinguish your "nose" from your "face" when signing in ASL, plus, learn the numbers 51 through 60.

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    ASL Signs for Clothing & Deaf Culture
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    Discover the signs for articles of clothing like "skirts", "jackets", and "hats" with guidance from American Sign Language teacher and lecturer Dr. Bridges.

    Discover the signs for articles of clothing like "skirts", "jackets", and "hats" with guidance from American Sign Language teacher and lecturer Dr. Bridges.

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    ASL Questions, Phrases & Numbers 31-40
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    Learn ASL signs for the numbers 31-40 as well as for common questions and phrases this signing lesson with American Sign Language teacher Dr. Bridges.

    Learn ASL signs for the numbers 31-40 as well as for common questions and phrases this signing lesson with American Sign Language teacher Dr. Bridges.

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    ASL Review, Deaf Culture & Hearing Aids
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    Test your ASL knowledge with a brief quiz on antonyms, the numbers 31 through 40, and common phrases during this wrap up lesson. Plus, learn about hearing aids!

    Test your ASL knowledge with a brief quiz on antonyms, the numbers 31 through 40, and common phrases during this wrap up lesson. Plus, learn about hearing aids!

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