Nowadays, you can do pretty much anything online, language learning included (thank you, 21st century!). Websites and apps like Duolingo聽will teach you everything from basic vocabulary to the best pickup lines to use in French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian, just to name a few.

Female with freckles grinning and using an I Love You hand-sign.

Now there鈥檚 a super easy way to learn the basics of sign language too: GIFs. Robert DeMayo is an ASL consultant and educator and one of the four stars of聽See What I鈥檓 Saying:聽The Deaf Entertainers Documentary. He teaches ASL using DVDs and online streaming, and now he鈥檚 begun to grow a following on GIPHY, too. There, you can find him demonstrating everyday expressions, questions, vocabulary, and more. DeMayo鈥檚 instruction is particularly useful when you need need to鈥

鈥sk someone if they鈥檙e okay.

Tell someone you don鈥檛 like something鈥

Ask to borrow something鈥

鈥r, (of course!), talk about your love of avocados.

The main categories of Robert鈥檚 GIF tutorials include date and time, weather, expressions, emotions, lifestyle, sports, food and cooking, holidays, transportation and travel, emergency and disaster, people and family, and education. (Phew!) Or, if you want to just see everything all at once, you can opt to do that too.

These GIFs won鈥檛 tell you聽EVERYTHING you need to know, but they will give you a great head start. Vocabulary and common sayings will get you far聽鈥 as will an ability to talk about Twitter and Instagram (#usefulthings).

And, once you鈥檝e learned everything you can learn from his GIFs (and gotten good at talking sign language smack with聽your BFF in public), you can head over to Robert鈥檚 full site to start learning more.

As with聽language, learning ASL is a great way to show people you鈥檙e trying to connect with them and their culture. Even if you don鈥檛 think you鈥檒l use it right now, you never know when you might need it!

Would you learn ASL? What do you think of using GIFs to do it? Tell us @BritandCo!

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