A word can make all the difference when interpreted incorrectly. Anyone that knows American Sign Language, aka ASL as a second language has experienced a time where you were lost in a conversation. You reach that point in the conversation where you must decide...do I just smile and nod like I understand what is being said or pause the conversation to clarify. I believe many people may choose to nod to prevent feeling stupid. Well with sign language you can only nod so much til you truly need to learn more signs. It is not fair to neither you nor the deaf person signing to you if you just act as if you understand what is being said.
There are times I sign with deaf people and I will miss a word and feel very lost once a sign that I don't know is used. When I don't know a sign I just ask because many deaf people are very willing to teach you along the way. I don't like getting stuck in a situation where I may not know a sign and neither does my coworker, Seth. That is the reason we wanted to start the journey of learning new signs.
When I sign with a deaf person or interpret for them, I want to be able to do so effectively without any issues. Seth and I have continued our path to learn new signs but this week the majority of them I already knew. Why do I still study these words for the week you may ask? Well I am still teaching Seth signs even when I know them plus it is always a good idea to test your knowledge. It has been a great experience so far learning new signs. Now that Seth is learning more and more signs it is time to teach him the structure of an ASL sentence. He already knows how to sign but currently uses more a SEE (Signed Exact English) than ASL. Which signing system do you use? There is nothing wrong with SEE or any other signing system but he wants to learn more about ASL as a whole. Are you willing to learn more about ASL and the structure of it? Join me on my next blog to learn the structure of ASL.
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I created Deaf Insight to help spread deaf awareness. It is a place for everyone to come together to help share with the world! In this blog, I discuss my thoughts about many things. I hope you all enjoy it!