Good ways to learn sign language include taking classes, signing suppers, hiring a tutor and using sign language dictionaries. Each method appeals to different learning styles.
Traditional sign language classes offer a strong support system in order to build confidence in students. Learners also have the opportunity to use sign language in real life situations, as many classes attend deaf community events. Local colleges and universities usually offer sign language courses or clubs. Public libraries and local recreational programs often provide sign language classes.
Signing suppers are social events in the deaf community where a group of people meet for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant. These groups are sometimes mixed with deaf and non-deaf people. They gather to practice sign language, make friends and socialize. These dinners are also referred to as ASL dinners.
Sign language tutors can be found through local advertisements or online databases. Examples of websites that provide online databases for sign language tutors are Language-School-Teachers.com, DirectoryofTutors.com and OhSoEz.com.
Sign language dictionaries are also available online. Many of these sites provide video lessons, pictures and dictionaries organized by theme. Some of these services require a paid membership fee, while others provide free services. ASLPro.com, ASLDeafined.com and LifePrint.com are examples of such websites.