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Everything posted by Lysandor

  1. Name Signs

    I've been told that a hearing person should never ask for a name sign. It's rude. My understanding is that when you have immersed yourself enough in the Deaf community they will decided when it's time to give you a name sign. And honestly, I would bet it comes from annoyance. I imagine if you are enough of a part of the local Deaf community that Deaf people will get sick of FS your name and they'll give you a name sign out of personal convenience.
  2. Translation

    That's an English idiom. It might not make sense to a Deaf person. If you sign SHARE LOVE people might just think you're trying to say you're a slut.
  3. A.S.L in graphic novels.

    So, I'm gonna be a little bit of a di*k. This is kind of offensive. And you'll end up pissing off Deaf people doing this. This is at it's best cultural appropriation and at worst it's audism. This is taking a culture that you apparently know nothing about. A language that you obviously know nothing about. And then using those things for your own personal gain. If you want your graphic novel about deaf people. Why they need to be deaf, I don't know. Unless you're just using it because you feel your characters need to have a disability, and deaf was the winner of the day. But how are you going to give your book an "authentic feel" if you can't bother to take the time to learn enough about a culture to say a basic sentence? Do your own work. Learn it, like everyone else has had to. Spend some time with a deaf person. Learn who they are as people and then you can speak, as an outsider, to their culture. But to just ask someone to do work for you so you can gain from another culture is a little offensive.
  4. Should I learn ASL?

    I work in a hospital in PA. I started learning ASL because I had interacted with patients who were Deaf. The Deaf community in general seems to have a very negative perception of the medical community because no one knows how to sign. And we are usually so busy following rules about HIPAA and confidentiality that we ignore the communication needs of patients. I am of the opinion that it can be a great help. I started learning because the patients that I had were treated very poorly by their medical providers and I didn't want to be the type of person who was capable of doing something and chose not to because it was easier for me. So, yes. There is a need for providers who are sign capable. Frankly though, unless you are intending to go on to become certified, there will be no need for you to use it in a professional capacity. It seems unethical to interpret for your own work unless you are certified. That does not mean that you can't still say hi, how are you, how are the wife and kids. Which is a good thing no matter what. My suggestion to you would be to go to DC/Baltimore. See what it's like there. Get a sense for the community in which you will be working. Look at other providers in your area and see if there is a need for a provider who signs. If there is, then great. Take it up. Learn until you can get certified, and be that person for the Deaf community in your area. If not, learn it casually and at least be able to a good conversation with a Deaf person. DC/Baltimore has a larger population of Deaf people due to the fact that Gallaudet University is located there. But DC/Baltimore also has a much larger population in general. So you'll likely not meet as many Deaf people even though there are larger numbers there. I think it would be a benefit to analyze your motivations. What is your end goal? What do you want to do with ASL? Do you just want to be an ally for the Deaf community? Do you want to be a provider in ASL? Do you just want to be able to be friendly and communicate with someone in their language? I think the answer to those questions will guide you better. As for learning ASL. That's gonna be a long process. Some people pick it up quickly. I've been learning for less than a year. I've taken 2 ASL classes. I study online videos. I've been told by interpreters and other Deaf people that I'm signing much better than a person learning for a year should be. Some people learn more slowly. And it depends on how much time and effort you're willing to commit. I study ASL at least 30-60 minutes a day. I've heard people say that it takes 10 years of frequent interaction with Deaf people to become fluent. So realize that if you want to learn this, it's going to be a long road. But good luck. You'll decide what's best for you. Hope my rambling helps you a little.
  5. Hello

    Hi, Welcome Scott.
  6. Introduction: Hello everyone :)

    Welcome Robert, Good luck in your learning.
  7. Introduce Myself : Damien Constantin

    It really depends. Most online programs and community college classes I've seen seem to go up to level 4. There are programs for interpreters that get Bachelors degrees that go up to ASL 5 or so and then there are specialization classes specific to interpreting. But I think it really depends on the individual program. It seems that for basic community knowledge that 4 is the base knowledge and the rest you pick up through interacting with Deaf people.
  8. Introduce Myself : Damien Constantin

    Awesome. The lifeprint videos are a great start. I'm around video number 50 with them at the moment. I'm also taking an ASL 2 class at my local community college. Good luck with your learning.
  9. Introduce Myself : Damien Constantin

    Hi Damien. Welcome. How do you plan to use your ASL? Why American Sign Language? Wouldn't it be more beneficial for you to learn LSF? Or do you plan to move to the United States or Canada?
  10. Hello, I'm Matt

    Hey Matt, I used to spend a lot of time in Frederick MD. Isn't there a Deaf school near there? Do they have any Deaf socials in that area?
  11. Why I’m learning ASL

    I hope he's learning too. Wouldn't do much good if you can talk to Deaf people, but he couldn't hear but couldn't sign either.
  12. Hey there. For anyone interested in practicing who has a Glide account and would like to use it with others here, please post them here. I can start a practice group that we can all send messages to each other with. Mine is GAEHIWB. Add me and let me know that you're from this site and I'll add you to a practice group.
  13. ASDC Immersion Weekend

    Hi. Decided to post this here in case anyone else was interested. American Society for Deaf Children is having an immersion weekend on January 13/14. It's a two day 8 hours per day event. There will be workshops on fingerspelling, 1 on 1 times with Deaf instructors. Information on Deaf culture. All sorts of stuff. And you'll be split up based on skill level. http://deafchildren.org/2017/09/january-13-2018-asl-learning-in-camp-hill-pa/
  14. Unknown Sign

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think that might be the sign for PHARMACY. You signed MEDICINE + STORE. So I'm guessing that means PHARMACY. I don't know the context of the conversation. But that would be my guess.
  15. Howdy

  16. Gamer

    You could probably use ON TABLE GAME AGENT
  17. Gamer

    I sign VIDEO GAME + AGENT.
  18. Howdy

    Sweet. I'm a queer gaymer boy who's an all around nerd. Welcome.
  19. Hello

    Glide in an app for your phone or tablet. MANY Deaf people use it to video chat. It's a good way to practice.
  20. Rookie

    You can add me on Glide and I'll try to add you when we get space. @GAEHIWB Just make sure that when you add me or you message me that you put that you are from this forum. I get random messages from spam on there sometimes. It helps me differentiate real people from fake.
  21. Start ASL

    I've been using this program for a few weeks. It's been very helpful. The cost is relatively low. It's basically $10 a month to access their content and then you can learn at your own pace. They have 3 different courses with different levels of course work per unit. I'm still on course 1 and I'm only halfway through and I've already learned a lot. It's basically set as a class format. You learn content, do practice modules, watch videos of conversations to try and learn to follow, then take a quiz on that content.
  22. Rookie

    Yeah. It's an app for your smartphone. You have to have a decent camera. The app should be in whatever phone you uses app download program. It's called Glide. Just download it and it will set up a username or have you create one. Androids seem to force a ridiculous username on you. Download the app and you can find a couple different groups to chat with. Facebook has a few groups for beginner ASL users who want to sign with each other. I'm part of a practice group, though we're closing in on our 50 member max.
  23. Why I am learning ASL

    I kind of took the same languages you did. I took 4 years of French and 4 years of Spanish. Not that I could use it anymore.
  24. Anyone want to practice with me?

    You guys should get on Glide and exchange usernames. That way you don't have to set up times that you are signing together. You can then sign with each other at your convenience.
  25. Hello!

    Hi, NICE MEET YOU. I think we're all here for the same kids of things. I'd be happy to get with you on here or on Glide at some point to practice. Though I'm only at ASL 2. So I don't know what help I'd really be to you. I tend to sign more PSE as well since I'm just not exposed to many deaf people. Well, at least not to the point where I fell comfortable asking someone to help me learn better.