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  1. Hello. I've been a member to this site for a few years now. I frequently get on here and try to practice signing with people who are interested. If signing practice is what you're looking for, I'll be in the chatrooms on this site for the next hour or so.
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  2. Hi, I just wanted to share a list I created of free ASL courses available online. Please note, these are in no particular order. STARTASL LINK: https://www.startasl.com/learn-sign-language-asl -offers levels ASL 1 thru ASL 3 courses -Each course includes a workbook you can download, and there an online dictionary video archive. GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY LINK: https://www.gallaudet.edu/asl-connect/asl-for-free/ -Offers basic ASL through modules, and has free videos you can watch to expand your vocabulary. SIGNLANGUAGE101 (Taught by Dr Byron Bridges) LINK: https://www.signlanguage101.com/free-lessons/asl-level-1 -offers lots of videos to learn ASL 1 SIGNSCHOOL LINK: https://www.signschool.com -Offers levels beginner, intermediate, to expert. (You can change your level of learning at anytime.) -Each level has lessons through modules and videos, they teach dialogue, vocabulary, grammar, and finger spelling practice. And there is an online dictionary video archive. ASLUNIVERSITY / LIFEPRINT (Taught by Dr Bill Vicars) LINK: http://asluniversity.com LINK: https://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/lessons/lessons.htm -Offers levels ASL 1 thru ASL 4 (total of 60 lessons) -There is some downloadable information like sentence practice, and an online dictionary video archive
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  3. Just joined the site. i have been using this site for a while to improve my receptive skills. I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids. Because of this it has made me aware of how helpful it would be to know ASL. I work at the information desk at a hospital and have had a couple of occasions to use ASL although I struggle with it. I have been following Bill Vicars for a couple of years and have attended a couple of in person ASL classses.
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  4. Thanks Amber for the YouTube link. It would be great if someone would create a new version of this, however I did watch the first video and found it to be very helpful. I have followed Bill Vicars YouTube videos and have taken a couple of in person sign language classes. I still struggle with receptive finger spelling and signing in conversation. I pick up a sign or two in conversation, but the trick is putting it all together. Thanks again. Fred
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    This is an attempt to get more people online at the same time to hang out and practice ASL! The idea is to organize enough that anytime after 5:00 PM Eastern Time, there will be plenty of signers of varying skill levels online and everyone can get practice in, or just hang out and make friends!
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  6. Hey all, I would be down to be a practice partner. Id say im an advanced beginner willing to sign with anyone.
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  7. Hi Jax, I'm Aislyn I saw your posts on helpful ways to immerse yourself in ASL culture. I love the idea of video diaries! I am hearing and have been studying ASL on and off since I watched Switched at Birth in like 2014, I recently picked it back up and am looking for a conversation partner. I have not had any formal training but I love watching Lifeprint videos by Dr. Bill Vickers. Not sure if you'll see this, but would you want to practice together? I have all the same video tools but flipgrid
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  8. Here's another youtube channel with a lot of content, that I can't currently comprehend easily but it looks to be very helpful in learning ASL. https://www.youtube.com/c/ASLInteractive/featured
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  9. Wish I had some great advice to give you, but I really don't. I didn't know what to expect at my first class, but it was a beginner class and I found that I knew more than I realized. The next class was advanced and it was pretty easy as well. My schedule prevents me now from enrolling again. Maybe when the "Covid" thing calms down I can resume attending class.
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  10. I just ran across an old YT channel with 36 ASL training videos from what looks like the 1980's and am curious what people here think about it. https://www.youtube.com/user/IntermediateASL/videos It looks like it's geared to teach conversational signing receptiveness.
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  11. practice fingerspelling at all times of the day, when you're bored, or about to sleep, etc. do the fingerspelling game. also practice signing with others. do bill vicars lessons on lifeprint.com or asluniversity.com They're pretty easy and very effective. make sure you practice with someone regularly to help retain the information you glean from lessons. if you're watching the videos, make sure you practice signing the practice sentences and practice watching him sign them to ensure you are gaining projective and receptive skills both.
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  12. I’m learning ASL because I want to become an ASL interpreter, it is my dream job. I want to also connect more with this beautiful community.
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  13. Hi how are you doing? What is new with you . I am still trying to find ways I can learn American Sign Language. I dont know where to start or were to find things for me to learn. I am hard of hearing. I wear a hearing aid in my right ear. I am really want to learn sign language. My hearing is kind of bad in my right ear and i have some of a hearing loss in my left ear. For some reason I can not wear a hearing aid in my left hear . I have try to wear a hearing aid in my left ear it felt like I was a deaf because I could not hear anything and i don"t know why
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  14. Hi I'm Jax, hearing, and a college student. I asked myself this question, and ended up making a list. 1. Watch Movies in ASL. 2. Watch Vlogs in ASL on youtube. 3. Start a video diary where you only use ASL. 4. Practice ASL conversation in online chatrooms. 5. Join a social ASL learning group online. For example, you could join a discord server or a fb group. 6. If you have a friend who knows ASL talk with them often. 7. Join an online ASL immersion event. 8. Hire a virtual tutor to practice ASL conversation. 9. Find a friend to plan and schedule a day together, where you will use 'no voice' and only ASL. 10. Attend a free virtual meeting/seminar that relates to ASL or Deaf Culture. If you have additional suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I look forward to your response.
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  15. Hi I'm nearly fifty, and I'm hearing up to 1.5k, hard of hearing at 40db in the rest of my useful range, and at 8khz and above I'm completely deaf, finding out from a hearing test six weeks after starting to learn sign for fun because youtube kept suggesting it. I've been learning ASL for close to five months now, and definitely need to start practice communicating, but my computer has no video input, and am not sure how to start.
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  16. Hi, I've been learning sign from Bill Vicars' YT videos almost exclusively for nearly five months, and highly suggest reviewing vocabulary through the Handspeak site to review the expressive facial "morphemes" for each word, as they are very clearly defined there. Also the Handspeak site's "Reverse ASL Dictionary" is very useful when remembering the sign but forgetting the word, which comes in handy for people like me with a tiny little bit of non-verbal aphasia. Also something that's amazingly helpful is Bill Vicars' Fingerspelling Tool, as well as the Fingerspelling Game on this site~~
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  17. Hi, I would be willing to practice with you, just be aware I am also a student and am not fluent but I am learning. Is there a specific time during the day you would be willing to video chat?
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  18. Hello my name is Colleen and I have always wanted to learn sign language.
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  19. Yes I would love to. I'm in asl 122 (asl 2) at my college and I love to practice. It seems I'm the more enthusiastic than most in my class so, is the plan to meet on this site at those times?
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  20. Hello Melrose, my name is Dion I'm an interpreter aswell, would you like to sign with me?
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  21. i am learning just in case and i have found important stuff. use asl sign fingerspell match game. listed below are the icons to get there with the android app. first then the memory game which is match game. then use this website that we are on for speed sign reading. what i need if anybody is listening is a speed signing program that uses a webcam to learn to sign back to people at high speed ok. that is what i am doing here. also a match to go with videos where you watch and choose a word or phrase in match game form would be good with these features. watch, pick then when you hover both light up with back lighting. then video will play again for viewing again. i am sure this way will teach perfect sign in a very short time.
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  22. I love learning ASL from Dr. Bill Vicars's ASL sites (his free ASL University site at https://www.lifeprint.com and his fee-based site, ASL Training Center). He's funny and a great teacher! Another fun learning site is Sign Duo at https://www.facebook.com/SignDuo. Hope you like them, too!
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  23. Im learning asl because my wife and a few friends are deaf, (2) I am a firefighter and sign language is very handy in a noisy place. I watch closely when meeting some patients and sign to then when i speak to them. if they are deaf it makes it easier for me to pass on information when we are directing traffic at accident scenes. sometimes patients are deaf and i may not know it but it helps us to communicate accurately with other non signers. (3) we have had multiple requests to teach asl in our department so my wife and i are organizing as much information as we can. and (4) it is a lot of fun!
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  24. Hello out there Im a hearing husband of a deaf wife. Im a retired electrician and safety instructor. while i do know some sigh language this site will help me and some others in our fire department. there are not many deaf people in our community but i have a lot of deaf friends all over we have a heck of a lot of fun and they are quite patient with teaching this fumble fingered old fart that i am. so im very happy to be here!
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  25. You can learn a lot by watching ASL speakers talk to each other. Pick a video and then try to imitate what they are saying and how they are saying it. It is important that there is more than one person in the video so you can see how they react and respond with turn taking. Please post a video that you would like to discuss, and then ask questions about everything. Eventually you will undersrand enough to not need to ask a lot of questions in future videos. Here is an example to the knid of video to study. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hRRw15weblc
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  26. This is what I understood: I went to the kitchen cabinet and pulled out something, it smelled bad so I put it back, Jelly felt something, I washed my hands, took out chips?, I threw that away, I need to go to the store. Some tips: Keep your finger spelling level and calm. You tend to bounce your fingerspelling, that makes it very hard to understand. If you need to, use your other pointer finger to hold at the base of your palm to keep your hand steady. Don't swap hands. In ASL you need to pick a dominant hand. If you are right handed it's usually your right, if you're left handed it;s usually your left. But pick one. That is the hand that will be your dominant and you will use that for your fingerspelling. It is bad form to switch hands when signing. It makes things confusing for people when you swap.
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