Post # 1
I was wondering if any of your Bees know American Sign Language? I’m taking a class this semester on Deaf Culture and I’m interested in learning. I was wondering what others experiences were – was learning from a book easier vs. video, or did you start some other way? Did anyone take classes?
Post # 3
I know a tiny bit of ASL, but my sister is fluent. She took classes one-on-one with a deaf person and she learned very quickly, apparently this is one of the best ways to learn because you can’t “cheat” and get lots of chances to practice. I tried learning out of a book myself and I found that watching my sister was much faster than trying to understand the images.
Post # 4
I know ASL, but my older sister is deaf so I learned it the same time I was learning to speak so it is kinda second nature to me. Trying to get Fiance to learn before the wedding…..I dont think it is hard but again it has always been part of my life.
Post # 5
I learned it from one of my studets! He is autistic and learned ASL when he was very very young, and last year taught it to me. I also took a class the year before. I use it every day when speaking to the kids because a lot of them know it. My boyfriend learns it a little more everyday because I am constantly doing it not fully but when I say certain things I go to sign language.
The class I took was taught by someone who is partially deaf. It was amazing how quickly I picked it up. Good luck I think it’s a great thing to learn.
Post # 6
I have always wanted to learn ASL. I learned the alphabet in 3rd grade and still remember it but other than that and a few random signs that’s all I know. Good luck!
Post # 7
I was taught sign language to use with infants and I learned about 15-20words in an hour with an instructor. In person is definitely the best way to learn.
Post # 8
I took 3 years of ASL and we learned a lot from watching then practicing through skits and with partners. Honestly watching someone else (my teacher) do it and then practice signing the words over and over was the best way for me to learn. We didnt use video as much as we did books and an ASL dictionary (which is very helpful). However, there are a lot of videos online that can help you, which I wish I wouldve know about when I was taking my classes.
The hardest part of ASL was learning the structure such as what words to drop and sentence syntax.
Post # 9
i agree with all pp, the best way to learn is immersion. in school, alot of my closest friends were deaf, so by the time i started taking asl in high school, i could comfortably converse with deaf people. i think i had a harder time with asl with someone new to signing, id already picked up the habit of using pse, or pidgin signed english, a mix of asl and signed exact english, so it was kind of sticky for me to try to remember to use proper syntax in class.
Post # 10
The easiest way for me was to just throw myself into it. I refused to let others write things down for me. I worked at Ky School for the Deaf for four years…they offered a free weekly class…I took that for a few months but after awhile it was too basic for me. After working with mostly deaf adults for a year I started to catch on to more than just signing words and making choppy sentences…it’s a whole different language that is so hard to explain…the dropping of certain words, etc. After the second year I was completely fluent enough to interpret classes.
Still, there are tons of ASL sites to quiz yourself.
If there is a deaf school in your area, volunteer or ask about their ASL classes. The interaction with deaf adults will totally benefit your learning process. In my experience they were completely helpful and patient.
Post # 11
Thanks for the replies, everyone! Great advice. I think I’m going to look to see if there are any classes offered in my area or at the college. I would really love learn more. In this Deaf Culture class we’re only on week three and I don’t know if we’re going to cover any depth of the language – we’ve discussed some difference in English and ASL in terms of grammar and sentence structure and whatnot, so maybe we will. But I’d like to really take an individual class.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre
@Vidya: hey, a little late to join, but i’ve been learning a bit. my uncle’s bestie is deaf, so i’ve always know a handful of words and the alphabet, but i’ve been picking up a few extra words lately, and have been trying to watch asl videos and movies. it’s slowly catching on. eventually, i’d like to take a class or join a group so that i can get some practice and learn sentance structure, culture, and conversational skills!
Post # 13
@Vidya: I’m a sign language teacher! I love ASL ! and if you take the class that would be fantastic! once you get through the first semester its SO WONDERFUL!
Post # 14
I’ll be taking classes in a few weeks to learn ASL. I have always wanted to learn it.
Post # 15
@Rubbs: how exciting!
Its hard at first but so rewarding
what book are you using ?
Start practicing your abcs now !!!! And your name !
Post # 16
@alishaloo: I am a little nervous about it! My husband keeps saying I’m going to cancel, but I won’t.. lol.. I’m not sure what book it is, but I’m going to pick it up before classes start. They start on the 13th so I’m going to check the hours for the bookstore and pick it up sometime next week probably.
Do you think I’ll learn enough for only 3 classes that run about 3 months?