Hi Emma, I am hearing and teaching myself ASL, I have a hard time with the ASL concept, how to form sentences. Learning the words isn't so much the hard part (remembering them all, maybe, but it's only been a few weeks), but I have a hard time taking them from words to sentences without it being English.. Any suggestions? Thank You!!
The trick is to usually look at what you’re talking about.
- Usually, the subject of an English sentence is the “topic” of an ASL sentence.
- Time (meaning any signs that tell you when it is that you’re talking about) goes at the beginning.
- Question words appear at the end.
- In sentences, it’s usually the verbs that end the sentences.
Those are the basic rules. Other than that, it’s just practice. And remember- there are several different ways for just about everything to be said. There’s really no one answer.
So, “I’m going to the store” becomes STORE, ME GO-TO.
"I have to finish homework tomorrow" becomes TOMORROW, HOME+WORK ME FINISH MUST.
Does this help?