Category: Prepositions


  • Christmas
  • Christmas Tree
  • Merry Christmas [M C, or Happy Christmas]
  • Hannukah
  • Happy New Year
  • Happy Birthday
  • Cookies
  • Milk
  • Ornament
  • Stars (bright or not)
  • Candy cane
  • Santa
  • Elf
  • Reindeer
  • Gift
  • Snow
  • Snowman/Snowperson
  • Chimney [firestack]
  • Song
  • Stocking [socks big]
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Hope
  • to
  • Dear

ASL song interpretation rarely follows the words of the song exactly, nor does it necessarily follow the proper grammar rules of either spoken English or ASL. This is an interpretation of the National Anthem.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

Looking  seeing dawn

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Big big proud all of us celebrate light

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

Four big stripes star sparkle through terrible fight/war

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

Over trenches watch “wavy classifier”

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Red rocket “hand flash explosions”

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Show through all night flag steady “point to American flag nearby”

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

Question marks stripes “wavy classifier”

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Land free America people brave.

Hello soon to be loyal blog-reader! Although ONU’s ASL club hasn’t had a blog until recently, we have been busy learning vocabulary, culture and a bit of signer’s perspective for almost two academic years! The following is a long list of what we’ve come to learn since the club began in 2009/2010. More fine-tuning and formatting will come in the following weeks– so be on the lookout!

Week 1

  • Alphabet
  • Numbers 1-10

Week 2

  • Numbers 1-21
  • “Wh- Questions”
    • why
    • who
    • what
    • where
    • when
    • why
    • which
    • how
    • how are you
    • what’s up
    • what are you doing/what are you going to do/what’s going on

Week 3

  • Colors
    • blue
    • yellow
    • green
    • purple
    • red
    • pink
    • orange
    • white
    • black
    • gray
    • brown
    • tan
    • silver
    • gold
  • Relation names:
    • girl
    • boy
    • mom
    • dad
    • grandma
    • grandpa
    • sister
    • brother
    • cousin (girl and boy and neutral)
    • aunt
    • uncle
    • niece
    • nephew
    • daughter
    • son
    • baby
    • wife
    • husband
    • friend
    • family

Week 4

  • Responses to “How are you?”:
    • Fine
    • good
    • bad
    • ok
    • so-so
    • sick
    • gross
    • happy
    • sad
    • angry
  • Pleasantries:
    • Thank you
    • You’re welcome
    • please
    • sorry
    • yes
    • no
    • not
    • never
    • none/nothing
  • Time
    • Now/today
    • tomorrow
    • yesterday
    • everyday/daily
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Wednesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday
    • Sunday
    • week
    • weekend
    • last week
    • next week
    • month
    • monthly
    • year
    • every year
    • future
    • past
    • close/near
    • timeline

Week 5

  • More Time Signs:
    • morning
    • noon
    • afternoon
    • night
    • midnight
    • all day
    • all night
    • day
    • hour
    • minute/second
  • Halloween Signs:
    • Halloween
    • mask
    • ghost
    • monster
    • pumpkin
    • jack-o-lantern
    • candles
    • leaf/leaves
    • vampire
    • witch
    • costume
    • trick-or-treat
    • harvest
    • broom
    • rake
    • haunt
    • spider
    • bat
    • scarecrow
    • scare
    • fool
    • caramel
    • candy

Week 6

  • Seasons:
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Dining
    • Food/eat
    • breakfast
    • lunch
    • dinner
    • hungry
    • thirsty
    • cook
    • water
    • milk
    • coffee
    • tea
    • pop
    • coke
    • pepsi
    • drink
    • alcoholic drink
    • hamburger
    • hotdog
    • beef/meat
    • chicken
    • turkey
    • bread
    • strawberry
    • cherry
    • apple
    • banana
    • pineapple
    • pumpkin
    • cheese
    • salad
    • corn
    • onion
    • potato
    • soup
    • toast
    • eggs
    • bacon
    • pancake
    • syrup
    • chocolate
    • peanut butter
    • nut
    • butter
    • jelly
    • jello
    • pie
    • cookie
    • candy
    • pizza
    • french-fries
    • sandwich

Week 7

  •  Nationalities:
    • English/England
    • French/France
    • German/Germany
    • Spanish/Spain
    • Irish/Ireland
    • Scottish/Scotland
    • Swiss/Switzerland
    • Italian/Italy
    • Mexico
    • Russia
    • Africa
    • Canada
  • Places in the home:
    • Room
    • restroom/bathroom
    • kitchen
    • bedroom
    • living room
    • garage
    • up/down- stairs
    • dining room
    • hallway
    • house
    • home
    • attic
    • work
    • office
  • Ways to spend time:
    • Sleep
    • wake up
    • homework
    • school
    • store
    • church
  • Driving
    • Car
    • road
    • accident
    • traffic

Week 8

  • Review of Colors and People

Week 9

  • December Celebrations:
    • Christmas
    • Merry Christmas
    • Happy New Year
    • Hanukkah

Week 10

  • Good to know:
    • want
    • need
    • should
    • must
    • like
    • don’t like
    • love
    • hate
    • think
    • have
    • leave
    • go/go-out
    • join
    • enter
    • walk
    • run
    • jump
    • dance
    • stand
    • sit
    • building
    • stressed

Week 11

  • Telling time
  • Numbers up to 100,
  • Animals:
    • cat
    • dog
    • fish
    • squirrel
    • bird
    • snake
    • bear
    • duck
    • cow
    • pig
    • chicken
    • horse
    • mouse
    • bug
    • spider
    • butterfly

Week 12

  • Descriptions:
    • many
    • much
    • more
    • very
    • big
    • small
    • skinny
    • moderate
    • fat
    • pregnant
    • hair
      • long
      • short
      • curly
      • straight
    • bald
    • face
    • beautiful
    • ugly
    • beard
    • stubble
    • moustache
    • tall
    • short
    • blonde
  • Clothing
    • clothes
    • earrings
    • shirt
    • skirt/dress
    •  pants
    • shoes
    • boots
    • socks

Week 13

  • Relation
    • You
    • your
    • class
    • step-relatives (brother, sister, mom, dad)
      • brother
      • sister
      • mom
      • dad
    • half-relatives (same)
    • neighbor
  • Environment
    • Tree
    • flower
    • grass
    • beach
    • sand
    • fence
  • Good to know:
    • Try
    • Right
    • true/really
    • camera
    • keys
    • medicine

Week 14

  • At Home:
    • Blinds
    • couch
    • bed
    • window
    • chair (regular)
    • chair (recliner)
    • table
    • tv
    • door
    • front door
    • toilet
    • fireplace
    • stove
    • oven
    • counter
    • shower
    • bathtub
    • curtains
    • lamp
    • sink
    • fridge
    • freezer
    • ceiling fan
    • microwave
    • mirror
    • closet
    • dresser
    • desk
    • fence
    • stairs
    • swimming pool
    • roof
    • yard
    • attic
    • porch
    • air conditioning
    •  furniture
    • coffee table
    • rocking chair
    • piano
    • rug
    • shelf
    • bookshelf
    • dishwasher
    • phone
    • comforter
    • pillow
    • blanket
    • towel
    • clock
    • tissue
    • art
    • picture
    • picture frame
    • library
    • kitchen
    • garage
    • bedroom
    • bathroom
    • washroom
    • dining room
    • family room
    • Living room
  • Building materials:
    • wood
    • brick
    • stone
    • stucco
    • glass