ASL | Tom Loves Ruth Narrative | American Sign Language

Explore new signs and practice your ASL skills as you learn to sign an interesting narrative.

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👍 This course is designed to INCLUDE complete beginners without any prior knowledge of ASL. Previous ASL skills are welcome but NOT required.

IN THIS COURSE, our goal is to use American Sign Language (ASL) to sign a narrative about a unique situation. To achieve this, we’ll learn the ABCs, review fingerspelling rules, learn individual vocabulary words, see English translated into ASL, create complete sentences, and learn to sign the entire narrative. Along the way, there will be tests to review your ability to sign correctly and understand what I’m signing.


  • Students will learn the complete alphabet in ASL including the four (4) fingerspelling rules
  • Students will learn to correctly finger spell the first and last names of the characters in the narrative
  • Students will learn to sign fifteen (15) vocabulary words: A-LOT, ALREADY, CRAZY, EASY, FALL-IN-LOVE, FLOWERS, HAVE, IMPOSSIBLE, LOVE, MARRY/MARRIED, MAYBE, SINGLE, STILL, THINK, WILL
  • Students will see English sentences translated into ASL using ASL grammar rules
  • Students will learn to combine vocabulary signs with fingerspelled names to create complete sentences
  • Students will learn the correct facial expressions and head movements to communicate a question
  • Students will use complete sentences to sign an entire narrative about a unique situation
  • Students will race a timer as they sign vocabulary words, sentences, and the complete narrative
  • Each individual sign will be taught step by step to ensure comprehension, correct hand shape, and hand position
  • Students will be tested on their ability to sign and recognize ALL material taught in the course


  • Students will know the complete ASL alphabet and be able to fingerspell
  • Students will be able to sign and understand ASL vocabulary, sentences, and an entire narrative
  • Students will have a larger vocabulary and understand the mechanics of each sign taught in the course
  • Students will feel more confident as they continue their journey of ASL improvement

Course Curriculum

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45903+ Students
50 Lectures
1+ Hours of Video
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Able Lingo ASL

Hello! My name is Michael.

Learn more about my ASL project here:

SINCE 2012, I have successfully taught customized American Sign Language courses and English courses to students from around the world. I grew up with a Deaf brother within the Deaf community. I have graduate and undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Criminal Justice. I am TESOL and TEFL certified. Prior to teaching online, I was a police officer and a U.S. Federal Investigator. I'm fluent in English, Spanish, American Sign Language, and Indonesian.

WHEN I was three years old, my younger brother became sick with spinal meningitis. In the process, my brother became deaf with an almost complete hearing loss. This difficult situation provided a unique opportunity for my family and I to become fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). My brother was not sent away to a deaf or hard of hearing school. He grew up with us, his hearing family, and we were active in the Deaf community.

AS a former police officer and federal investigator, I often used ASL to communicate with and serve members of the Deaf community. I decided to create simple, step-by-step ASL courses because sign language is a useful and fun skill to have. Like learning any language, it opens your mind and creates the ability to communicate with a whole new group of people.

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