Category: Pronouns


Levels 1 and 2 were combined this week; level 3 continued separately.

Levels 1 & 2:

Telling Time: This is done in ASL by bringing the proper number sign up from the wrist and then adding “morning”, “afternoon”, “night” as necessary.

Introduction to Sentence Structure: Speaking an ASL sentence is much like drawing a picture. You start with: time –> subject –> object –> verb –> question –> negation. 

Vocabulary Review:

  • Basic answers to questions
    • fine
    • good
    • bad
    • ok
    • so-so
    • sick
    • gross
    • happy
    • sad
    • yes
    • no
    • not
    • never
    • none/nothing
  • Time signs
    • time
    • now/today
    • tomorrow
    • yesterday
    • everyday/daily
    • Monday-Sunday
    • week
    • weekend
    • last week
    • next week
    • month
    • monthly
    • year
    • every year
    • future
    • past
    • close/near,
    • morning
    • noon
    • afternoon
    • night
    • midnight
    • all day
    • all night
    • day
    • hour
    • minute
    • spring
    • summer
    • fall
    • winter
  • Polite signs
    • Thank you
    • You’re welcome
    • please
    • sorry

Level 3:

We spoke briefly about the absence of sarcasm in ASL, and noted that ASL has its own idiomatic expressions that are different from those of spoken English. For example, one would not literally translate “It’s raining cats and dogs” in ASL, instead they would just make exaggerated signs and faces for “rain”.

We also learned some about directionality and the differences/similarities between the signs for:

  • me—my—-myself
  • you–your–yourself
  • we—ours—us
  • the two of us
  • you and I “sharing”, having something in common; or two objects that have something in common or the same.
  • I tell you
  • You tell me

The main focus during the meeting today was creating sentences with the right word order as well as some vocabulary to make said sentences. To denote the differences between the two, spoken English will be on the left, and the ASL equivalent will be to the right of the “–>”.

  • Why weren’t you here last week? –> Last week you here not why? or Last week you gone why?
  • I can’t find the book. –> Book find can’t.
    • If you wanted to add possession, such as “my book”, then the sentence becomes –> Book mine find can’t.
  • Where is the trash can? –> Trash (put) where?
  • What is the homework? –> Homework what?
  • I have to go to class. –> Class go to must.
  • I ate breakfast this morning. –> Today morning food I ate.
  • I like your necklace. –> Necklace yours I like.
  • I’m going shopping tonight. –> Today night shopping I go.
  • I’m going shopping next week. –> Next week shopping will happen.
  • I’m happy that the rain stopped. –> Rain stop me happy.
  • I don’t understand. –> I understand not.

Vocab:

  • Verbs:
    • leave
    • hurry
    • shopping
    • need/must
    • know
    • understand 
    • fail
    • pass/succeed
  • Adjectives:
    • tired
    • smart
    • stupid
    • dumb
    • idiot(ic)
  • Nouns
    • church
    • test
    • Clothes
      • jacket
      • pants
      • skirt
      • dress
      • shirt
      • glasses
  • Other:
    • everything/all
    • very
    • that
    • because (“why” with raised eyebrows)
  • Cascades:
    • grow
    • gone
      • paper
      • nice
      • school
      • cheese
      • movie
    • meet
    • kiss
    • different
    • divorce
      • success
      • famous

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