ASL Students: Be honest, your reason???

Reason for wanting to learn ASL

  • My friends are doing it, I want to do it too!

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Watching others sign is so cool!

    Votes: 10 15.6%
  • Sounds more fun than learning Spanish or French

    Votes: 8 12.5%
  • To be able to communicate with a deaf person

    Votes: 32 50.0%
  • Other - will explain below

    Votes: 47 73.4%

  • Total voters
    64
  • Poll closed .

Grayma

New Member
Travis, does that mean you'd be willing to skype with somebody who is learning ASL?
 

bibliotech

New Member
I am learning ASL because I was never given the chance to when I was a child. I think all deaf children should be given the opportunity for both signing and speech.
 

Smithtr

G.G.H.T
Premium Member
Travis, does that mean you'd be willing to skype with somebody who is learning ASL?


yes I do help to community ASL around to vlogs to blogs I will skype I adjust to my times I figure out! It is vey difficult i am hard work on ASL not easy! it is very tough!!
I know he does Skype with some people, but for some reason, he won't with others, like me. Don't understand why, but ah well.

Honest, it is my times stress too many students ASL too overwheling to I can't control times pretty work too much students, I have difficult ASL students, I am best research ASL!
I like you
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It is difficult on students ASL , I wonder on ASL students too much on me I do evuatiation back up high ASL!!!
no harm to you!!

I am best work volunteer for all of everyone means students ASL I want to best free times help people treat to!
 

Grayma

New Member
My skills are not ready for prime time. I mean, I sign so poorly that I wouldn't want to try a video chat. Plus, I hate being on camera.

I have a decent vocabulary, not great, but decent. I just still can't get the grammar. My brain is just too rigidly English, I think.

My deaf friend doesn't have trouble understanding me, but she uses a lot of SEE, I think.
 

Smithtr

G.G.H.T
Premium Member
My skills are not ready for prime time. I mean, I sign so poorly that I wouldn't want to try a video chat. Plus, I hate being on camera.

I have a decent vocabulary, not great, but decent. I just still can't get the grammar. My brain is just too rigidly English, I think.

My deaf friend doesn't have trouble understanding me, but she uses a lot of SEE, I think.

you have situation his/her friends prolem SEE poor difficult on communication understanding, It is very not easy, I know camera adjust on, It is very fix! I think so on adjust to quality camera, I think so issues on video camera, It is very weak on sign language no matter common , It is very love communication to development to mind sign language quality on ASL! that is why reason make sure on clear on development!!!
 

MrEDDenver

New Member
Why learn ASL

I have a couple of deaf friends and I want to be able to communicate with them and their friends. I don't want to always have to have someone deaf interperting for me. I want to be able to communicate for myself. I love the language it's so visual and for me I think it's fun. Plus I enjoy learning more about the deaf culture. It's facinating and I'm just so excited that it's finally getting to be accepted by the hearing community.
 

Smithtr

G.G.H.T
Premium Member
I have a couple of deaf friends and I want to be able to communicate with them and their friends. I don't want to always have to have someone deaf interperting for me. I want to be able to communicate for myself. I love the language it's so visual and for me I think it's fun. Plus I enjoy learning more about the deaf culture. It's facinating and I'm just so excited that it's finally getting to be accepted by the hearing community.

that is correct, you are visual on the visual on, Many people have deaf have reason visual on skills powerful roles increase experience myself roles more level! how do communication take best! I am experience ASL visual on communicat

Deaf Cultures also Visual both communication! It is very pretty lots of communication skills roles! I know on best!! skills!
 

ElaineV

New Member
I posted some of my reasons in my introduction thread (I did baby signs with my son and enjoyed it). I like how ASL forces me to be more expressive. But mostly I just enjoy talking with my hands and learning new things.
 

Latascha

Member
I speak English, I speak German. I sign German, some Austrian Sign Language I know, too. ASL is just the next step. I prefer signing over lipreading and missing a lot. Yet, I really have a lot of work ahead of me until I can say that I know that language. Sometimes it is just kind of strange. I don't fit in with german people, not 100%. Everybody always tells me that I am SO american. I don't know about that, however I have a certain order in my mind how I see myself. First I'm a woman, second I'm Deaf, and THEN I'm part german, part american. I love meeting people from the USA around here. I love my friends over there. But all of them are either hearing, or know German Sign Language. So I really have none interaction with the deaf community over there. I really want to change that, though. So here I am, trying to pick up some ASL. (At least the grammar is easy :D)
 

SammiSprinkler

New Member
I will say that many of these factors played into my choice to start taking sign language classes in High School. As a graduation requirement, we each have to complete 2 years of a second language and Sign Language was an offered class. I didn't understand anything or much about deaf culture or the language so I went the "safe way" and took a Spanish class. I hated it.

The next summer I had a deaf neighbor move in down the street. I sat next to her on the bus every day and we would write back and forth. Going over to her house a few times I saw her and her parents interacting and became really really interested in the language. It was absolutely beautiful, the movements and expressions. (Her brother was hearing and able to help interpret so I could have conversations with them) but I wanted to be able to talk to them myself, so the next year I enrolled in ASL classes instead of continuing Spanish.

We visited events in the deaf community, went to comedy shows, and video chatted with students from the residential school in my state. I work at a movie theater which offers additional closed captioned films on Sundays (I work from opening to closing on sundays) and I am the only person who knows Sign Language.

** I am still learning sign language, and am not fluent yet. Gloss is especially difficult for me, but I am able to have a conversation (with fingerspelling) and slightly modified sentence structure. **

Im not sure if my random thoughts made lot sense above, but basically I thought the language was beautiful, I wanted to connect with a group of people I couldn't communicate with, and now I am in school for interpreting because I became very interested in deaf communities and tradition.
 

Mr.Tom

New Member
Great post, Amylynne.

I'm learning to be able to use it to communicate quickly and effectively to the deaf community.
 

Lang3Girl21

New Member
My Reason

At first, it was because it seemed like a cooler language to learn than Spanish or French (I already knew Spanish basically, I'm cuban with spanish speaking grandparents) in High School. But it was also because I never fitted in right at school and was curious to see and learn about the Deaf culture. Senior year of High School I took a trip to a Residential school and felt welcomed immediately. NOW I'm studying to become a Deaf Ed teacher and loving every minute I'm immersed into the culture and language!!
 

Wiggee

New Member
I took Latin in high school, then didn't need any languages when I first went to college. When I went back to college as a transfer student, I found that I needed 2 semesters of a language. I'm not sure why I decided on ASL, but the reason I tell myself is that I want to be a high school teacher, and that I thought ASL could help me connect with some students.

Ages ago, when I was in second grade or so, my mother taught me the alphabet and numbers, so I could try to communicate with more people, and in more situations. When you're that young, learning from a (crappy) book on how to sign isn't terribly endearing.

Now, I want to continue learning ASL because I've fallen in love with it.
 

tuatara

pro-water
Premium Member
Thanks Mr.Tom : )

I thought of another reason I'm psyched about studying ASL, and this one I didn't see going in. I think I'm using a part of my brain that hadn't, up until now, gotten much exercise. Besides the feeling of exhilaration as I learn, I'm basing this notion on the fact that after spending several hours intensely trying to sign and understand other signers, I feel like someone hit me over the head with a rock. But, you know, it's a really nice rock.
 

CMartos

New Member
For my son

He's not Deaf, but is legally mute. My mom is an SLP who uses Signed English, and she encouraged me to learn ASL and teach it to him. He signs more than he speaks.

After becoming involved in the Deaf community so that my son would have playmates and be able to attend events where he could communicate, I made Deaf friends, who encouraged me onward in my ASL pursuits. Eventually, I applied to and was accepted into, an Interpreting Program.
 

Kyelena2

New Member
When I was in Elementary school, they taught the manual alphabet to my class. I learned about Helen Keller that same year. I became obsessed, there was a passion inside of me for learning how to communicate with someone who couldn't hear me. As a child, I thought it was unfair that anyone would be 'left out' of a conversation and felt I couldn't do that to another person. After that, I didn't know anything more. School systems didn't teach me any more than the manual alphabet. I honestly didn't know that two handed sign language or even ASL existed. I thought the manual alphabet was Sign Language alone. When I became an adult, I was going through a journal I had written about wanting to teach Sign Language. Of course, the same passion was within me when I read my words. I decided to look up Sign Language on the internet. I found a free ASL course, I began throwing myself into learning the language. I realized after the course, ASL was needed in my job as a paramedic. I started researching, writing papers, and showing the need for medical providers to learn to communicate through Sign. I started creating a course to teach basic Sign Language to medical providers and it was approved through my service.
So, in short... I'm not exactly sure why I have this passion in me for Sign Language. It has been there since the first time I saw the manual alphabet, and has never left me. I believe that everyone is equal whether you can hear, see, speak, or none of the above. I also believe it is each individuals responsibility to communicate with the next. I couldn't imagine being in an emergency situation and not being able to communicate my needs or thoughts. It upsets me deeply that anyone would ever have to endure that situation. This may not be the response you were looking for, but this is my personal beginning. The more I learn about Deaf Culture the more passion that overcomes me.
 

clawsspe

New Member
When I was in 9th grade I took a Chinese class, when I moved to another school for my 10th grade year, they didn't offer a Chinese class, that's when I noticed they offered sign language. I needed 2nd language credit for college, so I didn't think anything of it at the time. Then during the summer of 2011 I started watching Switched at Birth and found that sign language was way cooler than I thought it was going to be. I never thought I was going to go far with sign language, but on a Saturday at an anime con there was a deaf person there, I was really nervous at first to use sign so I just wrote on a piece of paper that she had, I left than came back really wanting use sign. Ended up interpreting for her the last 6 hours I was there. I really sign language it is beautiful language, and I will do anything to meet more deaf people, I just love the culture.
 
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