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Hi, Im Aspen and i started learning sign language for my bronze dofe skill a couple of years ago, however i have recently become interested in learning the language again but cannot remember a lot of what i learned before and would love for it to be another language i could use fluently! I am slowly remembering the basics of what i learned before and am enjoying learning it again. Any tips for basic beginners would be greatly appreciated! :)

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