American Sign Language (ASL) is a beautiful language used primarily by the Deaf Community* in the United States. In fact, it is currently the third most popular used language in the U.S., after English and Spanish. ASL is not universal so the signs used by other nations may be different than what you see in the U.S.
ASL is also unique in the syntax of how the concept is expressed. In simple terms, one would develop the space of the story first before showing any action. For example, instead of saying “the boy ran to the house,” we would say in ASL, “house, boy, run-to.”
ASL is like English when it comes to learning the language. The basics can take a few days to an year, depending on one’s learning abilities. Then it’s a lifelong endeavor to master it and use it naturally in conversations. The best way to learn ASL is not necessarily in the classroom but rather by hanging out with Deaf* people. Contact your local Deaf* club or organizations or even your local ASL classes to see how you can get involved with the local Deaf Community*.