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Here is an excellent video to warm up and loosen stiff muscles in your hands, although assigned for musicians, it applies for American Sign Language (ASL) signers too!
Since I get so many requests for how to learn more about CPC here's an excellent video discusses about RID Code of Professional Conduct signed in ASL by a CODA interpreter named Wink (Will Smith):
Another interesting topic arose and lots of people wonder if ASL is used only for Deaf or hard of hearing people. ASL or sign language can be used by anyone - deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, autistic, baby, teens, elderly - anyone interested in communicating in another visual language.
It's useful for hearing people in settings such as:
Bartenders and customers no longer have to lean over to shout in each other's ears in a noisy bar.
Scuba Divers can have fully expressive conversations in ASL and not limited to scuba gestures.
Construction workers no longer have to shout and/or use limited gestures to give important instructions.
Doomsday Preppers can stealthily communicate in ASL (or sign language) so intruders cannot eavesdrop.
Parents and babies can efficiently communicate with each with ease instead of guessing what their cries or tantrums means.
Militants, Police Force, Firemen, Paramedics can all use ASL with each other and for Deaf folks.
People who work with animals intimately, can use ASL to clearly give visual cues.
Patients who have had a serious invasive surgeries and cannot communicate with their mouths due to tubes - can sign to doctors or nurses to clearly communicate. Very important!
The list can go on and on of how useful ASL is for our societies in this world.
Who else do you think can learn ASL?
Discovered a great site that has a list of ASL signs by subject area:
This is excellent for ASL students and/or ASL interpreters needing to expand or improve their vocabulary on different subjects.
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I'd like to introduce a great website that compiles many ASL related sites in one place. They kindly voted my website as one of the good ASL website, which surprised and delighted me for I've a humble site, nothing fancy but it does its job. There are many other useful sites to check, very convenient thus saving us a lot of time and energy when researching things. Thanks, Anjul!
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This month I have a guest to share invaluable tools. Introducing Sheldon Soper.
Digital Tools for Learning ASL
Learning any new language can be a challenge. Experts will tell you that the more ways you can immerse yourself in your linguistic exploits, the more successful you will be. Learning American Sign Language is no different.
Obviously, having the help and support of experts and native speakers will always be beneficial. However, personal help may not always be available. So what are some ways to study and practice your ASL skills when you are on your own?
Thankfully, there are plenty of digital options for conveniently expanding your ASL knowledge! Whether you are seeking to improve your ASL vocabulary, helping someone explore the language, or simply need a handy reference, here are some helpful digital tools to make the process both painless and engaging.
The ASL App
Platform: iOS & Android
Price: Free app with several vocabulary packs included; additional vocabulary packs available via in-app purchases
The ASL App is an American Sign Language learning tool that uses video tutorials to teach common words and phrases. The videos are filmed at a high enough resolution that gestures are clearly discernable. Many of the videos also offer speed settings to allow users to slow things down to catch important nuances and movements. Some of the videos even include alternate camera angles as well.
A nice added feature is the included set of handshape exercises. These provide helpful ways to keep hands and fingers both flexible and nimble!
While the ASL App is no replacement for a proper ASL course or ASL tutor, it can be a handy way to help novices build their fluency with common, everyday phrases while on the go.
Similar Apps: Marlee Signs (iOS - Free, in-app purchases); ASL Dictionary HD (iOS & Android -$5.99 or Kindle - $6.99)
Platform: iOS & Android
ASL Translator is an internet-enabled application that allows users to translate text into ASL signs. Once the user inputs text to translate, the app uses an algorithm to try to determine the most efficient and widely used ASL phrasing. The app provides results as helpful videos demonstrating how to communicate the inputted text through sign.
While there are over 100 phrases that are included in the application for offline use, the majority of the app’s features require an internet connection. This is something to keep in mind given the fact that the app’s primary functions involve downloading streaming video (especially for those with sensitive cellular data plans!).
Platform: virtually any web-enabled device
You can learn just about anything on YouTube. The challenge is, with over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, how do you know where the quality content is hiding?
There are several excellent channels on YouTube dedicated to providing quality educational content for ASL learners.
Real-time translation of both text and speech have become commonplace technologies on modern computers and smart devices. Sign language is also getting in on the act!
Technologies like Uni ( created by the Rochester, NY based company MotionSavvy) are helping improve communication between the deaf and the hearing. The Uni application uses the built-in video cameras on compatible smart devices to translate sign language into spoken text. As a result, deaf individuals can use the tool to effectively communicate with people whom they otherwise would be unable to speak with. Within the same application, vocal responses are translated to text making possible genuine, authentic conversations between sign language and spoken word.
Technology has made learning languages a much more interactive and convenient process. ASL is no exception! When paired with instruction from certified experts, learning ASL has never been more accessible!
Sheldon Soper is a ten year veteran of the teaching profession and currently serves as a junior high school teacher in southern New Jersey and as a writer for The Knowledge Roundtable, a free tutoring marketplace. His primary focus is building reading, writing, and research skills in his students. He holds two degrees from Rutgers University: a B.A. in History as well as a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. He holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Elementary Education. Thomas has also worked as a tutor for grades ranging from second through high school in a wide variety of subjects including reading, writing, calculus, chemistry, algebra, and test prep. His core educational beliefs stem from the notion that all students can be successful; it is the role of educators to help facilitate growth by differentiating and scaffolding student learning on a personal level.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Life has kept me pretty busy as I adjust to living in Columbus, Ohio.
On the left, you'll see my darling Ziggy, my hearing service dog, posing so seriously in front of the holiday tree. I have to learn to use the white device to brighten dim room and a black furry dog.
I'm hoping to get a small teaching job for ASL Level 1 at DSC next month. Deaf Service Center offers free ASL classes for local Columbus students - only need to pay $30.00 for materials. I look forward to applying my successful techniques (TPR, using props, role playing, Language Hunter's techniques, etc).
I can only do my best and hope they'll find it fun to learn.
I still offer private ASL tutoring or mentoring service for local folks needing extra help. Email me for an appointment - Tues to Friday - 10am to 5pm EST. Wed nights are reserved for ASL classes.
First come, first served.
Have a productive, healthy, fun, adventurous 2017 everyone!
RaVen & Ziggy
RaVen - a dedicated ASL Master Tutor of
25 years of teaching anyone who wants to keep ASL alive for our present and future Deaf & HoH community.
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