Thanks, Heart2Sign. Are you Deaf? It must be hard on you to have only one Deaf friend out there. There is a (non-Deaf, Deaf, and HOH) Deaf/ ASL community at my college, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to be able to tutor with my Deaf teacher (Scott) and a Deaf tutor (Anne) there. There is also a church about 45 minutes from me that has an ASL translated service, a Deaf Bible Study and other events sponsored by the Deaf Ministry (such as Move night every month). I am trying to find more Deaf/HOH people in my own town, as the traveling is hard on me, financially. There is a Deaf church around here somewhere, but it is not of my denomiation (Sp?). Not to mention, I am a member of another church.
Anyway, your words do encourage me, and I thank you for putting the time in to writing your message to me. I was beginning to wonder if my question was somewhat offensive to the members of this list because I had not received any replies until now (I had this post elsewhere and have gotten no replies for days). I imagine it's not an easy question to answer.
I know you (the Deaf Community) are patient; I have experienced it first-hand many, many times. I absolutely love the Deaf Community, and I love ASL. Being around Deaf people is exceedingly more enjoyable to me than being around hearing people, and I am only in Elementary ASL 1 (ending in about 3 weeks).
There is a great online ASL dictionary/learning website. They actually teach ASL in context! It is www.lifeprint.com
. They even have a fingerspelling tool.
Again, thank you for your help, and forgive my rambling...