- Dec 30, 2011
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You guys are so blessed to have all these resources to help you learn ASL. I feel like I was learning during the Stone Age.
"Back in my day" the most technology available for learning ASL was books and VHS tapes. That was about it. And there weren't that many of those either. Classes and workshops were harder to find, and weren't consistent in quality.
Now, there's the internet with forums, like AllDeaf, online video dictionary sites like aslpro, signingsavvy, lifeprint, and handspeak, and examples of real life signing on vlogs, and youtube. You can buy, check out, or borrow DVD's, and you can chat with deaf friends via videocameras. It's great!
There are so many youtube ASL videos that I can't keep up with them. That's a good problem to have.
I know, and I do appreciate it. I did first learn sign language back in the stone age, too- books and video tapes! That was 1980-82.
So I know what a blessing it is to have all these resources at my fingertips. But I also know how much more easily I learned new signs, and how much more flexible my fingers and shoulders were back in 1980-82.