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Anyone know sign language?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
The reason I am asking is because due to my hearing loss, and having to wear aids in both of my ears, I believe that as I age, my ears will eventually get worse...I am considering taking a class to learn sign language...thing is...I will probably need the X to help out watching the kids if I take night classes...I am going to look into where and how much it would cost me if I do end up doing this...wish me luck yall!
post #2 of 20
I know ASL- sorry to hear that you are losing your hearing, but sign language is fascinating and fun!
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hissy~ what is ASL?
post #4 of 20
American Sign Language
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ohh ok...wasn't sure...thanks!
post #6 of 20
I am sorry that you are losing your hearing! I do not know sign language other than the alphabet. I have seen a place online that may ba able to help start you on you way to learning some things. It even shows you in Quick Time a person signing the letters, numbers, or phrases. here is the link

http://www.masterstech-home.com/ASLDict.html

I hope that it helps some until you are able to go to a professional, and maybe the kids won't have to be watched by the ex so much.... dunno...
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
hey thanks sillyjilly!!!
post #8 of 20
I was going to be a real smart @ss here and say the only sign language I know would get you slapped by most folks

But this is a very serious topic and I apologize for even thinking it. forgive me? I do know a little...very little but it has been many years since I used any of it. My cousin is deaf and while we were growing up I learned some. I hope that you find all the answers that you need for you to go to school to learn this language.
post #9 of 20
I don't know sign language, but I know that Kellye does (Kiwideus), and I'm pretty sure Pamela does too.
post #10 of 20
Yes but i only know the BSL (british signlanguage) because both of my parents are deaf.
I advise you though to teach your children also now because it will be easier for them later on.
the only difference between ASL and BSL is that ASL uses one hand for the alphabet.. and BSL is two handed.
Its really not that hard, you just need to get the hang of it
post #11 of 20
I think it is best to learn sign language through a real person, not online. Because there are so many different signs for different words - not just one. You would be limiting yourself. Check with your local community college and see if they are offering classes and maybe they have a class during the day when the kids are at school. Also, I advise you to visit a deaf club - you will meet a lot of people and they can help you also - at our one, we always get students of sign language and they are always welcome!

If you lived closer to me, I would be more than happy to help you!

I wish you all the best!
post #12 of 20
i know a little bsl and macaton (spell?) from working with disabled children. would love to do classes to learn more but they are not readily availble.
post #13 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kiwideus
I think it is best to learn sign language through a real person, not online. Because there are so many different signs for different words - not just one. You would be limiting yourself. Check with your local community college and see if they are offering classes and maybe they have a class during the day when the kids are at school. Also, I advise you to visit a deaf club - you will meet a lot of people and they can help you also - at our one, we always get students of sign language and they are always welcome!

If you lived closer to me, I would be more than happy to help you!

I wish you all the best!
I think it's awesome that u're thinking of learning sign language.. I agree with Kellye- it's best to learn through a real person.. And yes, I know ASL.. I also agree with fwan about getting your children/family to learn sign language. That way it'll be easier for you to communicate with your family later on if your hearing loss continues to get worse.

Good luck and keep us posted!
post #14 of 20
I know enough sign language to get me by... I agree with everyone else. Learn in a classroom, a lot of signs in books and such are old, aren't used anymore, or, in some cases, curse words (my sign teacher taught us some of those!) Good luck with the signing, it really is fun and exciting.
post #15 of 20
I have not been on this site for a long time. I was lurking around and caught your thread..
First of all, i am so sorry that your hearing loss is getting worse. I sure hope that you would be able to get use to not hearing anymore or deal with it. I think ASL is really GOOD.

I thought the link that this bill vicar whos teaching ASL. I never met him but reading his site and found that it is very useful.

this is a short history <--- http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/index.htm

this is what you can learn how to sign <---- http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/signs.htm

I strongly suggest you to look around this site in order to give you more familiar and will give you feel confident by going to any local college and take ASL classes.. GOOD LUCK!
post #16 of 20
The only sign language I know is the numbers 1 to 10, and a couple others (like mom, dad, grandpa, grandma). I want to learn more so I can train Jake (my dog) with sign language. Plus ASL is such a beautiful language!
post #17 of 20
When I took it in college, my instructor was deaf. It was a definite challenge to learn it quickly so we could get through to her. The rule was no talking , only signing or notes. Come to find out the last day of class, she wasn't deaf at all- that was just her way of teaching us quickly and efficiently. She was hands down one of the best professors I had in college.
post #18 of 20
My son is a senior in High School and they offer sign language as a second language. He is in his second year. Brandon loves it. He became interested while at work at McDonalds when a customer came in and ordered and no one could communicate with her. He said that his second year they are only going to be able to sign in class no talking. I hope you are able to find a class in your area.
post #19 of 20
I know some and my mother has taught for years. I believe the classes she has given have cost about $40-$70 at a local adult education place. It is very good to know some (even if you are not loosing your hearing) to communicate with other people. There are probably some videos and books at the library to get yourself started with also. Sorry to hear that you are having this trouble with your hearing though.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by hissy
When I took it in college, my instructor was deaf. It was a definite challenge to learn it quickly so we could get through to her. The rule was no talking , only signing or notes. Come to find out the last day of class, she wasn't deaf at all- that was just her way of teaching us quickly and efficiently. She was hands down one of the best professors I had in college.
Wow, that's amazing Mary Anne!

I do not know sign language.
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