Anonymous said: I'm trying to learn sign language (i don't have any deaf family or friends), and i just wanted to say thank you for having your helpful links!

You’re welcome!

good luck and keep going :)

Anonymous said: I'm in asl 1 and I have to sign a complete song! I'm doing Gust of wind by Pharrell (ft. Daft Punk). The only thing is I'm still having trouble dropping the simple things and a little with the asl structure. Can you recommend some websites that could help me to get the hang of it?

You can check out my helpful links page!

http://weloveasl.tumblr.com/helpfullinks

A great book for this is:

A Student’s Guide to Mastering ASL Grammar! Don’t Just Sign… Communicate!: A Student’s Guide to Mastering American Sign Language Grammar

http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Just-Sign-Communicate-Mastering/dp/0984529446

Anonymous said: Hi:3 I live in Gainesville Florida I'm in ASL three and Deaf culture. I'm studying to become an interpreter. I just wanted to say I love you blog and how it is knocking down stereotypes about the Deaf.

Thank you!

I hope you have a great journey in becoming an interpreter and good luck!

l0kasenna:

officialnatasharomanoff:

slecnaztemnot:

nmscares:

#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares

This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.
She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.
"No… They don’t, actually."
"And how do you communicate, then?"
"Talking?"
"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"
"It is, sometimes."
"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.
But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”
It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.

i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.
i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.
little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.

I’m absolutely shocked at this, it’s never crossed my mind that many parents wouldn’t even try to meet their hard of hearing kids halfway.

l0kasenna:

officialnatasharomanoff:

slecnaztemnot:

nmscares:

#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares

This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.

She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.

"No… They don’t, actually."

"And how do you communicate, then?"

"Talking?"

"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"

"It is, sometimes."

"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.

But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”

It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.

i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.

i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.

little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.

I’m absolutely shocked at this, it’s never crossed my mind that many parents wouldn’t even try to meet their hard of hearing kids halfway.

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Anonymous said: So, ever since I came to university, I haven't really had anyone to sign with, do you know ways I can meet other signing people? Even just people to skype with. The only people i've met so far are like, 1st semester students who, while very nice, aren't able to keep up conversations for very long.

I would recommend finding deaf events in your community. You can check out http://happy.deafcoffee.com/

And this http://events.deafnewspaper.com/

Keep going! 

Anonymous said: Okay so I saw something on another page that said that she doesn't paint her nails because she will be made to take it off in signing class, is painted nails, bracelets, rings, etc frowned upon in signing or is it a distraction? Thanks xx

I’m sure many people have different personal opinions on this, but my ASL teacher has never had a problem with it, and I’ve seen interpreters wearing nail polish before. But I am sure that some teachers prefer to limit distractions while others don’t mind it. 

Anonymous said: Another anon from Turkey :) I decided to learn sign lnguage but i'm not sure which one should i learn. Here Turkish sign language is used. Courses are for tsl i think. I want to ask how common is asl, Only USA or are there another countries use?

Hello!

ASL is using in the United States and some parts of Canada, and some ASL-based creole is used in West Africa and southern parts of Asia. It’s fairly similar to French sign language, but they are not the same. But I would say ASL is mostly used in the USA.