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Unread 06-20-2007, 01:37 PM   #1
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Top 10 Reasons for Learning Sign Language

You can communicate through windows.
Sign Language is a 3-D language.
You can sign with your mouth full
Hearing parents can communicate with their deaf child.
You can sign underwater.
Sign Language is a neat way to express yourself.
You can communicate across a room without shouting
Sign Language is beautiful.
You can make friends with deaf people.
Sign Language brings together hearing and deaf people.
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Unread 06-20-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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U can communicate in different cars! I love that about sign language..LOL!
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Unread 06-20-2007, 01:51 PM   #3
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telling a joke that hearing can't understand lol
or talking about them without them knowing what is talked about lmao on the subway...

off topic - my sisters can lipread through the glass windows and car windows without voice or gestures... I think it comes with territory being with me for so long...
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Unread 06-20-2007, 01:54 PM   #4
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Can communicate with dogs in sign language.
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Yeah, lots of different ways!
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Unread 06-20-2007, 09:51 PM   #7
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Yes, sign language is a beautiful language. I like that reasons for learning thanks for sharing Cheri
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Unread 06-20-2007, 10:19 PM   #8
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Sign language rule! simple to say
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You can say some things in sign that words just can't express!
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Nice one... but this one...
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I personally cannot stand to watch one talking/signing with their mouth full.
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Unread 06-21-2007, 05:34 PM   #11
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You can communicate through windows.
Sign Language is a 3-D language.
You can sign with your mouth full
Hearing parents can communicate with their deaf child.
You can sign underwater.
Sign Language is a neat way to express yourself.
You can communicate across a room without shouting
Sign Language is beautiful.
You can make friends with deaf people.
Sign Language brings together hearing and deaf people.
Yeah I agree with you. I love sign language! It is most important because of commucation.

Dont forget about We can sign during give our man BJ or whatever. hee hee
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Unread 06-21-2007, 07:00 PM   #12
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Dont forget about We can sign during give our man BJ or whatever. hee hee
I supposed you've done it before
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Unread 06-22-2007, 11:45 AM   #13
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of course I did. It works.
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one thing, nobody have done before....

sign in outer space!
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Unread 06-23-2007, 06:58 PM   #15
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sign in outer space!

It's already being done, but not in the way you implied. There are video televisions and the signals are beamed to outer space!
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Unread 06-23-2007, 07:07 PM   #16
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You can statements about people you know in sign that they cannot understand and likely never will. You can be truthful and blunt without getting your ass kicked.

You can have a 'private' conversation in public places as long as there are no other fluent signers around.

It can be way to teach others about Deaf culture if they see you signing in public.

sometimes you just cant describe something in words and you need a visual aid.
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Unread 06-24-2007, 01:56 PM   #17
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My friend and I are coaches for Special Olympics and when we don't want our athletes to know what we're talking about we sign.

Once we had an athlete go,

"Could you please stop signing? My head hurts watching you."

So yeah, privacy is a great thing in the sense that people won't know what you're saying but not in the sense that people won't stare at you.

ha ha
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Unread 06-24-2007, 07:45 PM   #18
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maybe this would be better place in the sign language and oralism section.

my adds to your list

loud environments don't lower understanding

it gets rid of the cumbersome precise structure of English allowing a quick communication that if not understood is negotiated.

If people want a language that is not understood may I recommend Latin I think more people know little bits of signlanguage than Latin

Sign language is prone to massive customizing so if small bits of communication regularly done can be shortened because people use the same phrase every time for clear meaning.

There are many cases in one on one conversations where two people talk simultaneous and understand the other person too try to do that with English.

It in close groups forces a method of sharing so that all are included in communications as communication in large groups is hard.
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Unread 06-24-2007, 08:29 PM   #19
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Good for communicating in loud noisy bars.

(For a while I was going out a lot with a HoH friend and once she moved, I missed the easy communication without having to shout all the time.)
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Everyone,

If you are ever asked this, we all need to deny Dixie said it or any of us agree. What we don't admit to won't hurt us!!
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Unread 06-25-2007, 03:20 AM   #21
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You can statements about people you know in sign that they cannot understand and likely never will. You can be truthful and blunt without getting your ass kicked.

You can have a 'private' conversation in public places as long as there are no other fluent signers around.

It can be way to teach others about Deaf culture if they see you signing in public.

sometimes you just cant describe something in words and you need a visual aid.
Signing is great for all these reasons and more.

My favorite use for sign is with toddlers (Hearing, I have yet to meet a Deaf or Hard of Hearing toddler), especially at that stage when they can't quite vocalize, but can move their arms just enough to begin to sign. They are so very cute to watch when they sign. Just today I asked a boy if he wanted "more" cheerios "please". He didn't get the "please" part down, but when I said can you say "thank you", he turned around to look at me and signed it while he vocalized it, and smiled. Soooooooooooooo cute.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 05:09 AM   #22
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If you are ever asked this, we all need to deny Dixie said it or any of us agree. What we don't admit to won't hurt us!!
Pfft, I'll admit to it. My best friend from my ITP and I were at a gym where they had completely screwed us over on our contracts (in fact everyone associated with our accounts ended up getting fired). We were having a meeting with the incredibly sleazy manager who was giving us the runaround and so forth. Every time he had to take a phone call or go talk to someone else or whatever, she and I would start up a conversation in sign all about him and what a jerk he was and what we should do about it.

It obviously threw him off because here we were, clearly not deaf (nor, of course, pretending to be), and yet we were having these signed conversations in front of him. But we were more than happy to unnerve him since he was bilking us out of our money.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 08:25 PM   #24
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I can only imangine the look on his face. lol. nicely done interpretrator.

pek1: I wont repeat it!
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wow cheri, what caught my eye was your 16,364 posts.
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You can statements about people you know in sign that they cannot understand and likely never will. You can be truthful and blunt without getting your ass kicked.
So very, very true. It's amazing how easy it is to tell people they got fat in sign.

And yes Interpretrator, I HATE going somewhere noisy with people who don't know sign.
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I agree with Sheila. I hate going into noisy places where people don't know sign too. I've hated it since before I learned sign. Talking over other sounds in certain places is one of the many facts of the nature of speech that really suck! I am so glad I became a signer in 1997. I am hearing but I believe I have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Many people tell me I "shouldn't limit myself to only signers when looking for people to relate to professionally or as friends". Umm...I refuse to believe I am "limiting myself". I am a proud signer and I find it highly offensive when people tell me that! I love signing! I hate speaking so bad that I will make sure I forget how to speak someday cuz I want places to start providing me interpreters at their expense. Their top reason for refusing is "that I can hear and that I can talk". I cannot afford to take them to court. I should NOT have to take them to court & NOR should I have to pay my interpreter $100s or $1,000s that I will NEVER have.
You seem weird. And hostile. And out of place here.
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I did not join to be misunderstood. I have already been diagnosed with a developmental disability called Asperger's Syndrome (AS), which is a form of autism. There is plenty of research proving the benefits of signing for people with all forms of autism. I joined this site to meet other proud signers. I don't want anyone here to feel afraid of me or uncomfortable with me. I've read plenty of posts by hearing people on AllDeaf.com & so I don't know why I'm being labeled "out of place here". As for "hostility", I NEVER intend to be taken that way. I don't know what thread to introduce myself on, so if the admins see this post, they should feel free to move it to wherever it belongs.
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Interpreters are a limited in time and abundance, why should a business pay and an interpreter waste their time interpreting for you when you understand spoken English? IMO your sign pride is misplaced and you're awkward. Don't blame your hostile nature on a disability diagnosis (which is relatively new and harbors a crap load of skepticism at that)

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I did not join to be misunderstood. I have already been diagnosed with a developmental disability called Asperger's Syndrome (AS), which is a form of autism. There is plenty of research proving the benefits of signing for people with all forms of autism. I joined this site to meet other proud signers. I don't want anyone here to feel afraid of me or uncomfortable with me. I've read plenty of posts by hearing people on AllDeaf.com & so I don't know why I'm being labeled "out of place here". As for "hostility", I NEVER intend to be taken that way. I don't know what thread to introduce myself on, so if the admins see this post, they should feel free to move it to wherever it belongs.
I have Asperger's too. I don't seem to have so many problems making friends as you. Quit trying to get attention for it.
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I agree with Bottesini. We all have to put up with anyone who has a mean altitude and we still go on discussing. If you want to rant, that is okay as far as you don't get out of control. We are just discussing what we feel and you have a right to feel what make you unhappy what the ADers said. I do that sometime when I had a bad altitude with someone but I did not want to go far into making trouble. When we discuss, we want to let them know how we feel. So just ignore them when they make a negative remark to you. Just have fun discussing with us.

I came up with few reasons of learning sign language. You did a beautiful job on your ten reasons of learning sign language.

1. Very happy to learn that ASL help me open door to communicate

2. So relieve to learn new signs with Deaf signers in Deaf Club

3. Learn that I can have ASL interpreters in community college instead of mainstream schools where they don't allow ASL

4. Make new friends who might sign differently than I sign so I learn from them

5. I learn to associate with Deaf signers and get along with them in spite of their altitudes
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