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  1. Are you going to be learning ASL together or do they have a headstart already? There are a few ASL dictionaries, like Handspeak, also a lot of material on Youtube. Google "ASL signs", set it to videos and youtube, and just start watching all the videos. Take lots of notes to remember the signs. Open a new notepad file and put in it all the site addresses, you will want to find them later. look for specific videos on every subject, alphabet, numbers, verbs, time, animals, etc. Make sure you're all learning the same thing, and make sure you're not learning BSL, wups~
  2. Just start now, and see how it changes over time, as you learn ASL, trying to be perfect now only slows you down.
  3. There are a few youtube channels that are more obscure that can help, especially "Read with ASL" google it with the word youtube appended. Others are at a more intermediate level, like "IntermediateASL", "ASLInteractive", and of course Bill Vicars. Talk to Deaf people in your city for both advice and connections. Go to your community college and ask to talk to an ASL teacher, and tell them about everything. Find a Deaf club/group in your city, but in-person is much better, especially if they can interact with him directly and they can certainly direct you better. If there is a Deaf school nearby, stop in and talk to everyone there, basically let Deaf guide you~
  4. Hi cos, the practice part is easy when you find the right ASL youtube videos, this one has a few ASL master-lists of signs that's good for quick refresh~ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6yFmQWbC-hkdd7NaZvpKA
  5. 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
  6. Oh okay, I'm joining the second class of two, but I prolly still know most of the material, which works out well as I need to focus on learning fluency. Hopefully it's going to be taught entirely in ASL.
  7. Welcome, your work lobby sounds like the perfect place to practice ASL, would it help to have a button, hat, scarf, or an apron with something related to ASL on it that people can see, and think of using ASL while they are there? Is there an interpreter there, and would they find themselves in the lobby if they knew someone there was learning to become fluent? I've been learning ASL for nearly six months and just signed up for a class that starts in a week and a half. Would you have any advice to brace me for the experience? The accompanying book, I already know most of the words in it, so I'll mostly be concentrating on receptiveness and confidence in doing so. Clips from ASL scenes in TV shows are also good for becoming familiar with signing reception, as it's usually kept short and often uses fluent inflections. I'll also have to focus on one of those ancient PBS ASL videos, number two was about commissioning a newspaper article, but it was quite long. I've made a cursory pass through them all, and it very clearly details life in the 70's, and most of the signs used were recognizeable from Vicar's set. I think they used an older sign for the word "everything", but seeing the differences helped me understand the sign better.
  8. 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.
  9. I watched most of the Bill Vicars ASL videos, they will get you pretty far and once you get into them you won't want to watch other ones for a while. I don't know just yet how long it takes to become really good at ASL, and it feels like something that you get slightly better at every day over a very very long time. Also, google the fingerspelling tool and practice reading the words that it shows at different speeds if you haven't already, it helps a lot to increase your receptive speed. Oh, why am I learning ASL, I started because I had a near-deaf experience which made it a curiosity, and then my hearing test showed just how deaf I was becoming, so I pushed harder and kept at it, and now I just can't stop, must learn all ASL everywhere~~
  10. Hi Melissa, to break into learning ASL before knowing any words, just find a video about the most common or first hundred words, and try to learn from as many different people as possible, partly to keep it interesting and you'll also learn more variations of signs that way, which helps with reading sign later. The format of these videos is usually a printed English word shows up and the person immediately signs it while the word is showing. Some videos have really well defined facial expressions, as it depends on the signer's facial expressiveness. Learn from wherever you can, as everyone has something different and overlapping knowledge keeps it refreshed. In addition, lookup videos on the fingerspelling alphabet, as that comes in handy as well. If you like learning from a book, find out of the library has an ASL book or just get one at a bookstore, just make sure you're learning from it before you buy it so you know that you can. Learning is slow and steady, always compare your progress to the time that you didn't know any ASL yet and you'll do fine. A lot of days you'll mostly be solidifying knowledge that's previously been put in your brain, and this a vital step in learning as well.
  11. Hi Jax, that's an excellent list. Yesterday I saw the youtube TED talk on "learn any language in six months", and it has amazingly helpful tips that will speed up the process. It's good to look up and it reminds me of a dream I has last month, where I signed to someone that "my signing reception really bad", and they signed back (as my subconscious), with a signed response that I couldn't make out. Luckily another person walked through and voiced the translation, which seemed to fit the signs, saying, "I'm in the same boat as you" I'll just print the comment that explained the TED talk in shorthand now: - Focus on language content that you like Use new language to communicate from day 1 When you first understand the message you will unconsciously acquire the language Physiological training Psycho-physiological state in training - Listen a lot (brain soaking) Focus on getting the meaning first (before the words) Start mixing what you know Focus on the core Get a language parent Copy the face/hands "Direct connect" to mental images You can always go to different stores in your city and if you're lucky find someone Deaf who works somewhere that you can also shop at, like a food store. Then tell them you're learning sign and are practicing. Just remember that this is a huge imposition to begin with, just think if you're good at math and someone randomly comes up to you and asks you to help them learn mathematics, or some other thing, completely out of the blue, surprise! Also you can go to the local community college and talk to the ASL teachers, who ended up giving me a classlist and circled the ASL classes, which gave me a crazy idea that I could give the classlist to the manager of the store where the Deaf person works and magically create a signing place. I can't say if that would be a good thing, possibly go to a place you already go frequently or that you work at and suggest that it become an ASL signing place, you never know. And I might still even take the second class in the list, if I can confirm that it will indeed help me through the level I'm at now. Anyway, keep showing yourself as many different examples of signing from as many different people as possible and practice moving your hands fluidly in signing, even repeating many times to find all the little efficiencies in motion. Glossing, look through as many examples of ASL glossing as possible, and compare the written ASL labels to the English sentences.
  12. Having intensely focused on learning sign for five months, and only getting part way into it, it feels very much like a complete language to me, even though the labels for each sign are in English, the same can be said for every other language, the label for a German word is also in English, at least for me, and it's in French for someone else. The meanings for each sign are as subtlety varied as corresponding words are for each language. A single concept in sign can mean an entire phrase and vise versa. Could I read sign before learning it, definitely not, and can I read sign in the wild now, not very well at all just yet, but I'm learning. Signing increases your effectiveness in communication with everyone who knows it, from not understanding to a place of understanding, and that's what's important. A year ago I had pretty much no exposure to sign, even though my parents have been hard of hearing for my entire life. Last year I was exposed to an amplified sound that deafened my right side for a day and a half, during which I felt a constant pressure on my hearing hairs possibly trying to stand back up or something. We gain so much understanding and complexity in every way we extend ourselves towards others, as the Foundation of Respect is adopting people's decisions about themselves and not imposing on them, and letting go of decisions made about others. Any group that adopts decisions of negation made about them is diminished, and it's only our interconnectedness that washes away things like proxy, oppression and ignorance. I think I have Meniere's, but my natural tendencies for self-care have always guided me well. Having that label could have been useful long ago as others would have helped me figure it out. I know myself well enough to understand, and to decide for myself, that it's the self-care that's important and not the label. It makes sense that in learning we see the complexities that opens us up to understanding, and when we want to know where you fit, well that's for each of us to decide for ourselves.
  13. AmberASL


    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.
  14. 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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