Hi Michelle, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing here. I love the way you teach ASL and am really enjoying learning it. I'm 16 years old, I'm not deaf, but have always had a fascination with sign language and am teaching it to my baby brother. Thanks again!!! - Audrey
Hello there and nice to meet you Miss Michelle! I came across Start ASL today. I am blown away at the amount of work (and heart, btw) you have invested in this site. You have done a magnificent job in sharing your gifts with us out here. Thanks for putting yourself and your gifts out there, I am very grateful! Blessings, Cari
I really love this site. It's exactly what I've been looking for. My newest baby has down syndrome and I'm learning sign so I can help her learn to communicate at an earlier age. Research shows that kids with Downs who learn to sign, advance in their verbal communication skills faster. So thanks for a very accessible tool for communicating with my baby. - Darrin C.
I came across your website today while doing a search on ASL. I immediatley joined your classes. We live in Canada and the cost to learn ASL at the local college is $300+. I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful site, and for educating all of us in the world of the deaf. Sincerely, Brenda L.
Thank you for this site! I am really enjoying learning ASL this way. Interestingly, I have discovered that ASL has been very useful with my son who has high functioning autism. He likes our 'secret language', and I am thoroughly enjoying my evening 'classes' with you! - Jackie
Thank you so much for your website!!! I've tried several times to learn ASL (books, videos, etc) and just gave up each time because I was getting frustrated trying to learn everything quickly. My wife and I have decided to start again (using your website) by learning one phrase at a time until we both know it very well. Your FREE website is perfect for us. Again, thank you. - Eddie
Michelle, I can't even begin to thank you for creating this site. I've been DYING to learn ASL for about five years now, and only knew rough basics. But with your website I can now carry on a conversation with a deaf/hard-of-hearing person, and it's amazing. You have taught me SO much, and I find myself signing as I talk to those who can hear! I'm definitely going to pursue learning it fluently, thanks to you :) - Drea
This is a letter of appreciation! I went to google with a desire to start learning some basic sign language, and your site has been all I asked for and more. I would like to humbly thank you for the effort you have put into all of this and for the skill I am learning from it. Peace and God Bless you always! - Matt S.
I kid you not, and I'm not saying this for brownie points...but you have got to be the most understanding instructor I have ever had! How you do this for free I do not know, but I really do appreciate you, your site, and the wealth of information. You and your site are GOD SENT from above with no doubt. Thank you ever so much, Michelle. - Donna
I just wanted to thank you for this very informative and easily accessible website. I'm dating someone who is Deaf and I wanted more than anything to be able to communicate with him more effectively than pen and paper. Now I am learning bit by bit how to. I would recommend this site to anyone seeking to learn ASL. - Rod
Hello! This site is awesome. I'm having a great time working through the units. Thank you so much for putting the effort into this! - Jenny
Hi Michelle, Being very new to this ASL world, I just wanted to encourage you. Your site is great! As a true beginner, I have really enjoyed the materials and resources so far. Don't grow weary in well-doing. What you are providing is so awesome! God Bless You. - Cheryl
Just wanted to send a friendly thank you. This site is a great resource to anyone interested in learning ASL who doesn't have money to shell out for the class. I wish more people would share their knowledge of various languages in such an instructional way online. Thanks again. - Ryan
Hello, my name is Tarah. I just wanted to personally thank you for making this website. It is absolutely wonderful and I am grateful that I stumbled upon it. I have been using it for the past few weeks now and it really works. You did a great job. - Tarah
Hi, I have always had a fascination with sign language for no particular reason other than I am a very visual person. I have always wanted to learn and happening upon your website has been amazing thus far. I love that I can learn at my own speed with videos and a workbook. Thanks for your website. It is very informative - huge help. Keep up the good work. - Jenn
I would just like to thank you for all the amazing information you have on this website! You can totally tell that you put in time and effort, especially research! It has been so helpful with my school project. Thanks. - Alina
I just found you on the internet and I'm thrilled. I've been trying to learn sign language on my own and it's been tough. I'm going to start your course and I want to thank you in advance for providing such a wonderful site...you're terrific!!!! - Maureen
I would just like to thank you so much for making this website. I go to university in a small city and there are no ASL classes anywhere. I am happily surprised that someone took the time to put such a great resource on the internet for free. You must have spent many many hours on this! Thank you so much! - Carolyn
I just wanted to say thank you for this program. I have always been interested in ASL, but it was never offered at any of the schools I went to. I'm really glad I found your program. I just finished Unit 5, and I think I'm picking it up really fast. Thank you so much for making this program free and available. - Nicole
I am a high school ASL teacher in Ohio and just discovered your site....this is absolutely awesome!! It is so comprehensive and organized ...I am using it for supplemental assignments in my classes. Thank you thank you! - Nancy
Hi! I'm a Deaf and Hard of hearing specialist that works in Ceres, CA and I just found your website on Sunday night. I must say, you have put a ton of hours and heart into this site! I apprecitate all the time you have invested into your site. It will be a true asset to anyone who finds you. Well Done! - Julie A. Ceres, CA
I just wanted to thank you! I have been interested in learning sign language for many years. I am enjoying myself and I am only halfway through ASL 1. I just wanted to let you know that someone out there is getting a lot out of your website. Once again, thank you!! - Victoria
Wow! I always wanted to learn ASL, but my high school dosen't offer it. I have done unit 1 and I think it is amazing, and I'm picking it up fast! I think everyone should learn ASL, because it really is an amazing language and communicating source. Thank You!!! - Hali
I am an interpreting student in IL. I am about to start my second year and am so excited. I have been using your site for extra practice when I can fit it into my busy schedule. I love this site so much that I am doing a presentation to my class about it next week. Thanks for the Awesome site. You are a great encouragement. - Amy
I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you providing this free resource for those of us trying to learn ASL. I especially enjoy your monthly newsletters. I always look forward to it when I see it appear in my inbox. Keep up the great work! - Cherilyn
Hello! Thank you for putting up such a wonderful site. I have been looking for something like this for such a long time, and I am thrilled at how fast I am learning. Thanks for your time and effort. - Jill
This site is EXCELLENT! THANK YOU. I'm a child care provider working 72 hour weeks. How cool is this--it's free and the best part I dont have to sit with my parents for numerous hours explaining how to sign simple signs. I can refer them to this site. Thank you for giving me a few extra minutes in my hectic life. - Kathy
Hi Michelle, I just wanted to express my appreciation to you for offering a free online ASL course. A couple of weeks ago I discovered your site and have now worked through unit 6. I think you are putting together an excellent course and I love what you've done so far with the workbook, drills and quizzes. Your videos are good quality and your site easy to navigate - great job! Thanks Again, Tim
I have been using your site and it has been really amazing. It is the most comprehensive tool out there and I have learned so much about the actual language as opposed to just simple phrases that I can copy. With your site and all the work you guys have put into it, I can actually formulate my own sentences instead of just copying phrases. Thank you so much! - Mallary
Thank you for your site and books! You have the resources all in one place. I'm teaching ASL to beginners and was trying to find a good book/site to direct them too. Your site is exactly what they need. I will direct them here and suggest they buy your books as I have. Keep up the great work! - Alex
I LOVE this site! It's the best one I've found!! I started learning sign at our church and I love it!!! I am going to further my education so I can become an interpreter. I love learning sign and I LOVE this site! I will definitely tell everyone about it!! Thank you!! - Mandy C.
I am deaf but I wasn't born deaf. I started losing my hearing in middle school and I am now 24. When I saw this site I felt a lot of joy because the big reason I didn't try to learn ASL was because classes were too expensive. My friends are happy that I'm finally taking action and so am I. - Sean
I don't know what to say except thank you for all the hard work that you all put into this website. I have three children who all are hearing impaired. I cannot afford the college programs to learn ASL and we live so far away. Without this website I do not know what I would do. Again, thank you so much and may God Bless each and every one of you. - Anonymous
I'm 13 years old and have been deaf since age 3. Yes, I have learned much sign language before this, but your site is by far the best, easiest, and most fun and involved way so far. Your site means so much to me and I dont know what I'd do without it. - Anonymous
This website is great. I can't believe this service is free as I am finding it invaluable. Just stumbling upon this resource has inspired me to complete the entire course, learn ASL and start volunteering in some way to help the deaf community. It is a beautiful language. It just feels so natural when signing. Thank you so much for this awesome site! - Davis
This class has really helped me so far. I started ASL a few weeks ago and I was having a hard time being able to get the language down. Then a friend told me about this site and I have been picking it up much easier since. Thank you for providing the site, it's been a huge help. - Justin
I am a Deaf Educator. I was so thrilled to see this available online. I can study at my own pace and at any time of day. Though I already had a good sign vocabulary, I love watching the ASL conversations as forming ASL sentences is my weak area. I am learning so much. This is so beneficial for me. Thank you. - Lyndee
I love these lessons! So easy and practical. I've worked through lessons 1-2 in an hour and have learned so much already. I'm excited to meet my Deaf friend next week for lunch. I can already sign so many words and questions. Thank you so much! - Wendy G.
I can't believe what an incredible and awesome website this is!!! I found it just when I needed something online rather than at the college because of my work schedule and children at home. I love all of it, everything, all materials couldn't be any more user friendly!!! I especially love the dictionary and live online showing of words. Thank you ever so much Michelle! - Jean Ann Lambert (SC)
This site is amazing!!! I tried looking everywhere for ways to learn sign language. This site has helped me so much and it's all in one place! - Sujeet Kumar (Patna, Bihar, India)