At first, I was going to just learn basic sign language and sign a song; however, I started looking into more articles and videos on the behavior and culture of the deaf. While looking for more videos, I found the a first vlog video from the person who makes the ASL videos I watch. She was so excited and happy in the video. It made me think back to previous articles where they mentioned deaf people tend to have a more optimistic outlook. So I watched this video to get an idea of deaf behavior, learn how to use facial expressions in sign, and practice reading sign language. Because it automatically came with subtitles, I would cover them up to try and read the signs on my own. Most signs have a pattern and are easy to identify. Others, are totally different from what would be expected so if I couldn't understand the sign I would uncover the subtitles and practice on my own. I also slowed down the videos if they were too fast. This is just one of the many videos I used for learning deaf culture and communication.
This site was great! When I first looked over it, it showed where to learn sign languages, struggles in learning the language, and adapting to deaf society. While browsing through the rest of the site, I found a page on becoming an interpreter! This is a very interesting thing to me, "there’s always a demand for skilled interpreters who can sign fluently and read another person’s signing well". So, I've started to practice reading ASL along with knowing how to sign. Hopefully, I will be able to improve my sign so I become an interpreter and use my knowledge to help others!! I am so glad I found this site because it gives my learning sign a larger purpose.
Soon after starting genius hour, my friend's deaf uncle made plans to visit. Since I knew a little sign, my mom volunteered me to teach her some asl so she could speak with her uncle. It made me remember I wanted to learn asl because I wanted to communicate and help everyone. But, after that experience, I realized how little I knew. So, I investigated this website that informs readers on deaf statistic, culture, and etiquette. And, even though it's very basic knowledge, I was surprised to be reminded of how many adults and military personal loose their hearing. Those hearing aids and help are very expensive. So, learning sign now will make it so I can communicate with those who can't afford hearing aid. And, in case I lose my hearing later and am lacking financial support, I will be able to communicate too! I was also educated on how much the deaf rely on technology for communication, and how they behave with their environment. The deaf have a more positive attitude and do not believe their hearing loss is an illness to be solved. I couldn't agree more!! I am so glad that I found this website that covers everything from learning sign to dog deafness.
this video was a great continuation of what I've been learning. It shows how to sign people and places. It continues to use the words in phrases so It will be easier for me to use the words in complete thoughts. That being said, sign language really isn't a complete thought. It usually does not use articles or many adjectives to get a point across. Many people would probably say sign language lacks proper grammar, but they just have to learn sign to easily understand it. I have found It a very easy language to learn. This video also includes some adjectives, though they are just basics. But then again, that's all you need to know!
At first, I was determined not to learn the ASL alphabet. I thought it was just a boring part of sign language and something not worth my time. However, soon I learned that the alphabet is essential to communicating with the deaf population. Don't know how to sign something? No problem! Just ask the other person how to spell ____ and fingerspell the item. Fingerspelling is using ASL to sign a word using the alphabet. It is also essential to use fingerspell/the alphabet because that is how you say names and places. On top of that, some things do not have signs in ASL, so to communicate those ideas/words to a deaf individual, you must fingerspell the item. This picture allowed me to learn the alphabet and some numbers. It is probably the most valuable source I have used because I can use it to communicate what I do not know how to sign. Some of the picture were hard to understand, but it's easy to look them up if necessary.
I was ecstatic when I learned that this lady created another video. She is easy to understand and teaches valuable things. This video focused a lot on pronouns, questions, and commonly used signs. Majority of the questions are shortened. So things like "What is your name" would be shortened to "Name you". I also learned how important facial expressions are when asking questions. The eyebrows and head tilts are used a lot to convey a message.
This was my first source for sign language. It was so nice to have a clear source that taught my easy basics for sign language. It included things like hello, I don't understand, I'm learning sign language, thank you, how to fingerspell, and other signs that scratch the surface of sign language. These were a great beginning to understanding basic of sign and how straight forward the language is. I practiced these signs till I memorized everything in the video and if I ever get stuck when I practice, it is easy to look back to this video.