American Sign Language Contrary to popular belief American Sign Language (ASL) is not a signed version of English. Therefore there is not an exact comparison between the two languages when dealing with vocabulary. Here are a few tips that may help you understand the difference between ASL and English. ASL is a language that has a unique grammar and vocabulary that is different from English or any other spoken language. ASL has a foreign language word order (e.g. car blue instead of blue car, nouns come before adjectives) When you sign in ASL you are using a grammar that is different from English. For example, English: The sunset was beautiful yesterday. ASL: YESTERDAY, SUNSET BEAUTIFUL (The English sentence is translated to ASL then signed without using spoken words.) Facial expressions often express the „tone‟ of our voice. For example, you may say, “I‟m happy to get a paycheck.” However, the tone of your voice would be very different if you won the lottery! This is also true with ASL except you would use your facial expressions and movement to express your excitement about winning the lottery! English is a Deaf individual‟s second language. If you are using ASL, you will be using visual cues and body language (facial expressions) to communicate your ideas. While learning the Pledge of Allegiance, students should be reminded that they will not be signing word for word in English. Rather, they are signing the concepts/meaning for each phrase or idea. The English words are translated to sign language. Other countries have their own sign language just as with spoken languages. American Sign Language is used primarily in the United States and parts of Canada. There is a British Sign Language (BSL), French Sign Language, Korean Sign Language, Australian Sign Language, and so forth.