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12 Reasons to learn ASL & Tips on ASL word order.

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I've personally used ASL (American Sign Language) to talk to someone on the other side of a very noisy establishment. It was great! :D

12 reasons to learn ASL
And since I had to snag this through screen print to get it big enough, Here is where I got it. :)

Sign word order tips
This one I got from Here

PS If you want to learn ASL but don't have access to a class, you can check out Lifeprint. It's where I'm learning. ^_^

2 years ago

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Or, when you're at a meeting or such, and you don't want to be too noisy, it's best to use ASL.

Something I do with my sister. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy
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People should learn sign language from every country. As someone who is hard-of-hearing and currently studying to be an interpreter I think it's great more people want to learn ASL or whatever sign language their country has. However I feel Duolingo is not the place to learn sign language. Going to classes or learning from native speakers of the language is the best.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hunterd0721
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I never realized all of these other reasons and now I think that knowing ASL would be very useful to know! Thanks for sharing this!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David598296

So there are no prepositions in ASL?

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I love it already!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cfremg

Do you know any good places/websites to learn ASL? I've wanted to learn for a while, but no one to teach me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy
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Lifeprint is a good website.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Yes! I don't have access to a class because of $$, so I use Lifeprint :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Mango languages recently added it but it is still new. Also, Handspeak, aslpro, signing savvy.
Though Lifeprint is my favourite.

Also, if there is a deaf school in your area you might reach out to them and see if they offer anything for the community or if they know of any ASL meetup groups.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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I agree with almost all of these, but I think it's important to note that ASL or any sign language for that matter, cannot help "end" autism.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Audism ^_~

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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Oh, I am sorry, that makes much more sense.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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If you misread it, I'm sure others will too. So, I'm glad you mentioned it. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy
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Yeah, hearing people just need to be more educated about how to deal with Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. I've had plenty experience where my own mother called me hearing impaired which is so wrong. That term makes me feel broken which I am not.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I read a book called "People of the Eye" that wrote a good piece on why deaf people are not "impaired". I highly recommend the book to anyone who sees deafness as a disability. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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And reason #13: As you age there is a good chance you will experience some hearing loss. Knowing ASL will make communication easier.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kunstkritik
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Without wanting to sound rude but is there a point outside of satisfying my foreign language needs to learn ASL when I am in europe. The deaf people hear probably would not understand me OR is ASL kind of the english under the sign languages and it helps for the most part globally?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SJ115
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It would probably make more sense to learn the sign language for the country you live in if you wanted to put it to more practical use but there is no harm at all in learning ASL.

There is International Sign Language, a pidgin language, used at events such as the Deaflympics or at international conferences but is limited. In the UK, BSL is used and it is completely different from ASL, they only have about 30% of identical signs. Even the alphabet is different - BSL uses two hands for for finger spelling whereas ASL uses one hand. I think ASL developed from French Sign Language originally. Auslan and NZSL are both related BSL, whereas Irish Sign Language is much closer to ASL and French Sign Language.

I know with BSL there are also regional dialects, I would assume that this is also the same for ASL?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RG710
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Thanks Usagiboy7 :) , for that website, it's very interesting. My brother used to learn a bit of sign language in my native language when he was in high school and I got the chance to see how he communicated with deaf people. Seeing he doing that touched my heart somehow I don't even know why :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

I remember learning noun can go before or after adj =/ does it depend on the kind of sentence?

Also the 1 thing I clearly remember about word order is that if you're discussing time you have to start with that. I keep hearing different things about syntax & it seems so flexible I'm not sure what else right or not.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I am still too new at signing to comment on sign order save that the who's and where's always seem to come at the end of the sentence. It is one reason why I really mourn not being able to afford the local uni's course. I feel like classroom instruction is essential for those of us who don't absorb grammar without thorough explanation with time for questions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

I ran across Start ASL not too long ago & it looks like it's worth doing. They have 3 free units of classes but I only skimmed through a lesson or 2 so far.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Devokan
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Wow, I didn't know there was a difference in word order. Learned something new. Thank you. :)

2 years ago