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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
11:28 am
Relatively Speaking PSE Question
How do you sign "relative" as in "relatively speaking" in Pidgin Signed English?
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
12:34 am
Signing for people who are not visual learners
I took ASL lessons a few years ago but had to drop them because I went back to work and my work schedule interfered with my sign classes. These days I'm working with d/Deaf people to provide transcription and captioning for college/university lectures, which has made me interested in trying to learn ASL again. I even downloaded a sign language app for my iPod.

Here is the problem I had when I last took ASL classes: I am an auditory learner, not a visual learner. I learn by hearing, not by seeing. Since ASL is a visual language, I'm afraid this puts me at a disadvantage.

Can anyone suggest techniques or tips for helping an auditory learner learn a visual language, or is it just a matter of practice, practice and more practice?
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
10:45 am
Neither "Aunt" nor "Uncle"
I identify as genderqueer and I don't want to sign myself as "aunt" or "uncle". There are gender neutral words/signs for family members like "parent", "grandparent", "child", "sibling" "cousin" but not "aunt/uncle", "niece/nephew". What can I do?
Friday, September 28th, 2012
11:37 am
How do you say "Didn't" "Shouldn't" Etc in Signed English/ Pidgin Signed English?
How do you say "didn't" , "wouldn't" "shouldn't" etc in Signed English/Pidgin Signed English?

I can't find those signs anywhere online!
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
11:04 am
How Do You Sign Beyond the "O Clock" ?
I've been trying to look up how to sign the time but all I find is the part about "O' Clock" (ie 1: 00, 2:00, 3:00, I hope you get the idea). How do you do 1: 15, 2: 30, etc?

Current Mood: baffled
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
8:40 am
Boy forbidden to sign his name at school
The school thinks his name-sign is a weapon. They suggest he and his family come up with a different name-sign.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
10:54 am
SEE My Problem?

I'm not deaf but I have Asperger's Syndrome but I'm trying to learning to sign in American SEE and I'm looking for free websites that especially show you how to sign initials, plurals, "ing"s, "ion"s, "tives", "ly"s etc. I've seen plenty of free ASL sites but no free SEE sites. Do you know any free SEE sites I'm probably not even aware of?

Can you show me how you do the SEE markers if that's what they're called?

Thank you.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
11:11 pm
(Re) Introducing myself, and some questions re: Signmark's [Finnish Deaf Rapper] performance, here:
It's been a long while since I posted here, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself before I start pontificating too much.

My connections to the Signing community through the years (cut for length)Collapse )

Singmark is the stage name of a Deaf Finnish Rapper who writes his songs to rhyme through visual parameters; he assembled a group with two Hearing people to compose music and interpret for the Hearing people in his audience. He competed in EuroVision (a Pan-European music competition), and came in second, in the final round. This got the attention of Warner International Music, and he got a global record contract, putting out a CD/DVD combo in English and ASL in 2010, and he's been touring ever since. This is a live performance of "Speakerbox," which he gave in NYC in 2010:

It appears, to my unpracticed eye, to be mostly ASL, but he seems to switch to SEE (or PSE?) for the line "About to go down." Does it seem that way to others?

Also, do I understand correctly that purple is the color representing Deaf Pride (he's wearing a purple tee shirt in the video, and he's dressed in purple on his album cover art)? Is there any special significance to the color? (I love learning about symbolic things).
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
7:17 pm
A Christmas signing video
A clip from the modern version of "Miracle on 34th Street" featuring Santa Claus doing some signing, including an ASL version of "Jingle Bells."
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
4:08 pm
A little help here..
Hi guys,

I have very basic sign language, which I use when working with the Autistic Teenagers at one of my jobs. My cllients are generally non verbal, but I can get by using words.

I just took on a long term contract with the School Board that I also work for and the child that I will be working mostly 1:1 is deaf, and becomes aggressive when he is misunderstood (which I get) He is in kindergarten, so I'm sure he isn't signing a marathon yet, but I'm slightly worried that the sign language that I have won't be enough. I do plan on inquiring about using PEC Symbols with this child as a secondary form of communication, which I am very excited about implementing for him... but I want to really brush up on my signs, and was wondering if anyone could recommend websites for learning some new, basic signs that could relate to school activities etc.

I'm really nervous, and I don't want to fail this child. He is also a potential flight risk, so again I would like to keep the frustration to a minimum for him, because I don't enjoy chasing children.

Thanks for your support!
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
11:08 pm
sign for bi-polar?
 Hey all!

My friend and I are wondering if there's any kind of established sign for bi-polar disorder. Or any other mental illnesses for that matter. [We're in the US, but other sign languages are cool too!]

Thanks for your help!
(x-posted a few places)
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
3:29 pm
:waves: New around here. I'm a college student thinking of going into special education. I took three years of ASL in high school for my foreign language requirement, so I have a fair background in the language, but in the past few years, I've forgotten a lot of the vocabulary I learned in class. Does anyone know of a good (current, things like the old handshape for the letters "m" and "n" throw me off) book for gaining/regaining vocabulary if you already have a background in the context/syntax of the language?
Sunday, December 5th, 2010
8:27 pm
ASL etymology?
I'm wondering about the signs for pen and pencil. As I understand it, "pen" looks like "write", and "pencil" looks the same, but first you mimic licking the pencil. Does anyone know how that developed?

x-posted to deaf 

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
10:11 pm
ASL grammar question "us two"
Hello all!

I'm in a second semester ASL class in college, and we recently discussed the sign "us two"/"them two"/"you two" where you have a K handshape and you shake it between the two people you're talking about. My professor (who is Deaf) used it in example sentences like




He also said that you can't use this sign between generations, like using it for your mother and your sister would not be considered "right". But this didn't fit with my prior knowledge, so I asked him about this situation: I'm standing with my parents, and I say to my mom that my dad and I went to a movie last night while she was at a meeting or something. I would sign US-TWO (dad and me) GO-TO MOVIE. He said that was fine, and that it was different than what we were talking about in class.

Am I missing something here? I just feel very confused. Thank you! (x-posted to deaf )

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
7:50 am
Get Your Exchange Story Told and Receive $50!
Please share this with people who are deaf or hard of hearing who have studied, volunteered, researched, or worked abroad:

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is offering $50 for disability stories on international exchange, including options to submit blogs and featured person profiles. People with disabilities can take advantage of this added incentive to share overseas study, volunteer, work and research experiences! International and U.S. people with disabilities are encouraged to email submissions, but they must be currently living in the United States to receive the award. The deadline is September 8, 2010. Learn more on our stories and blogs webpage.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
5:58 pm
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
2:15 pm

Hi everyone,
I wonder if any of you could help me I'm currently in my 4th year at university doing my dissertation and for this i'm researching communication between deaf and hearing community specifically the problems deaf people may have and their participation in the deaf community, to do this i need quite a large number of deaf people to fill in a survey for me, I'm looking for a cross section of the deaf community the only criteria being that you are deaf.  My dissertation research is focussing on communication between deaf and hearing communities, specifically with what problems deaf people may have when try to communicate with hearing people and how factors such as age, sex, and communication method may affect this. 

The survey can be found here if anyone wants to help, thank you.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
8:53 am
New Video!
Oh man...it's been forever since I posted here and posted a video on youtube.
Just a warning...my ASL has gotten pretty bad. I haven't been able to take a class since December 2008...and so...it's kind of dodgy.
But, I hope you enjoy it all the same! I'm sure there are some mistakes, so I'm sorry.

P.S. - I forgot that it's not available in Germany (uuuugggh), so if you're interested in seeing it, give me your email and I'll email you the original or something!
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
5:26 pm
Babies who sign
Last night I was at a Christmas party. I was bored and had no one to talk to, and then I noticed that the host's granddaughter Maxie (a little over a year old) was watching me, so just for fun I signed to her, "Hi, Maxie" in case she knew baby sign. Well, after I did that she latched on to me for the rest of the party! My ASL is pretty rusty because I haven't used it for years, but I remembered enough signs to keep Maxie entertained for awhile. She kept going up to the food and signing "More food" and then when her mother gave her some food she signed "thank you," except she signed it to me instead of to her mother!
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
11:37 pm
"inquisitive" sign history
I'm writing an essay, and I am supposed to pick three words that describe myself. Since I'm studying three languages right now and foreign languages are a big part of who I am, I decided to use one word from each language. I want to use something to the effect of "inquisitive" from ASL, and the sign I'm thinking of is wiggling the index finger many times (QUESTION-QUESTION-QUESTION).

I feel like this is a very bizarre question, but I'm curious whether to a native signer there would be any significance in moving my finger sort of in the shape of a question mark while I do sign it.

Thank you very much!

x-posted to deaf
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