In the U.S. the fourth most common language is American Sign Language. American Sign Language or ASL is a way of communication for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. As common as this language is, many people know nothing about it so i decided to open myself to this challenge. I decided to dedicate myself to this topic and learn as much information on this language. I wanted to open myself up to a whole new community just like i had in learning Spanish and French. I wanted to take the next few months and learn as much as possible about something that i honestly knew nothing about. So what is American Sign Language? How much can i learn in 3 months?
During my 3rd grade year my teacher had taught us some hand signals in order to answer her multiple choice questions. I was always very curious as to how she had come up with the hand signals and asked her.She tried explaining it to me once and i could not understand what she was talking about. I remember her saying something to me. Something along the lines of “ someday you will understand”. Now here i am about ten years later completely understanding everything. What my teacher had taught us was the first couple letter of the ASL alphabet. She has taught us a,b,c,d,e, and f in order for us to answer as a class what we taught the answer was to a multiple choice question. That instance of my life had come back to me about two years ago and i wanted to pursue it but life got in the way and i was unable to really be able to take a class or even try to learn by myself. About a year later i started watching a show called Switched At Birth on Freeform and once again became fascinated in the ASL community. The show is really surrounded by ASL and even dedicated an episode to just ASL. T...
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... more like video calls and they have lights attached to the doorbell so every time someone rings the bell the lights will flicker. One topic i wasn’t completely sure of was whether deaf people could drive. The answer is yes. They are able to drive. Regardless of their deafness studies have shown that deaf people are not a danger to themselves nor other driving. What about music? How do they listen to music? Well they play their music really really loud so they can feel the beat and from there they are able to dance or simply just enjoy what they feel.
I 'm not too sure what i was expecting when i started this.I think i thought it was going to easy and that i was going to be able to master ASL but i was wrong. It was pretty hard to self teach a new language. It was hard to learn something that isn’t a part of my life nor did i have anyone to help me much.
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