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An ASL Story called TIMBER!

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KristenDQs post title reminded me of this fun American Sign Language story with a great punchline. If you've ever watched this story before, this version has a twist ending that I'd never seen before.

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One thing that is highly valued in Deaf culture is story telling. See if you can follow it, even without the English. If you watch it, however, and don't get the ending, feel free to ask and I'll explain. :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/thwain
thwain
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A tree with Usher's Syndrome!

Edit: I tried to be subtle and not give away the answer. Usher's Syndrome is a genetic condition that involves hearing loss and Retinitis Pigmentosa (a progressive loss of vision due to retinal degeneration). People with RP often use a modified form of sign language that limits the space for signing to keep it in the visual field. In some cases, vision decays to the point that tactile signing is the only way they can communicate.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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Here is the direct link to the video I found...and yes @Usagiboy7, I remember this story very well from my classes!

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=asl+story+timber

I can also explain if people don't understand it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I just got to the ending and noticed it had a twist!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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Yup...there is also a similar Pepsi Superbowl commercial. I couldn't find it without subtitles but here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffrq6cUoE5A

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Woops, thanks for pointing out that my link was missing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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You're welcome!

2 years ago

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I don't get it. It might help if I knew any ASL, but I at least got that there were trees, and that they were being chopped down. :)

2 years ago

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In the original version, a lumberjack was harvesting trees. When they came to the biggest tree, they chopped and chopped but it just wouldn't fall down. That is a very odd thing, because whenever the lumberjack has called out T I M B E R ! before, the trees had fallen down. So, the lumberjack gets on the phone and calls a doctor to come and check out the tree. The doctor does some tests and determines that the tree is Deaf. So the doctor asks the lumberjack to step back and begins to finterspell the word T-I-M-B-E-R. And, the tree falls down. In this version, the tree is both deaf and blind. And so the doctor fingerspells T-I-M-B-E-R against the tree's bark so the tree can feel the formation of the fingerspelling. And, the tree falls down. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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:D

2 years ago