American Sign Language (ASL) being the language of choice for most Deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans, is the third most commonly used language in the United States today, only behind 1, English and 2, Spanish.  American Sign Language is NOT the English language translated word-for-word into manual hand gestures.  It is a beautifully expressive language that has a syntax and grammar of its own.  After years of debate, many schools in the United States are finally recognizing ASL as a foreign language in meeting requirements in the school systems; for example, many colleges and universities offer ASL classes along with Spanish, French, German...etc. as fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.