Please note that other countries' sign languages use different hand shapes and movements than American Sign Language. Therefore ASLSJ is not intended as an international sign language writing standard.
Many people have been taught the hand shape alphabet in ASL when they were in primary school. ASL also has hand shapes for numbers. The manual alphabet is used for spelling out specific English words, but ASL mostly uses ASL words to convey meaning. The best way to start learning is by going to an ASL class at a Deaf school or a community college. You can also find instruction videos on the internet or at your local library.
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