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    Filed at 7:23 pm under by dcobranchi

    I need some help. The girls (and I) want to learn ASL. None of us has any kind of experience with the language, so we’re going to at least try to learn it via some kind of program. Does anyone have any experience in this area? Suggestions? Warnings? Wild guffaws?

    We’re leaning towards Naturally Signing.



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    July 30th, 2010
    at 11:38 pm

    Years and years ago, I took ASL at a community college. They had a series of 4 courses that brought me to near fluency. You might want to look for a course near you. I think a group setting facilitates fluency much better.

    It is easier to learn to sign than to learn to read sign. If you are only practicing with yourselves and a video, you won’t grasp the range of subtlety and accents in sign language. Yes, believe it or not, people have “accents” when they sign (no one signs like the signs in the book), and that is sometimes hard to decipher, but if you have a group, you get used to it faster. Some people make it harder still by signing left-handed, or even worse, double-handed. I’m bad for that, but I can’t sign certain letters with my right hand because of a broken finger that healed a bit crooked (I cannot cross my 1st and 2nd fingers), so I sign right-handed and spell left-handed.

    It really is a wonderful thing to learn, though. You will be amazed at how often you will be able to use it.