american sign language

feeling good rn. so i take an american sign language class and today we were learning some new terms that had to do with family and relationships. boyfriend and girlfriend were two of the new terms, so my professor, who is this sweet older deaf man, was doing some examples by using the word in convo with students. he pointed to me and signed “do you have a girlfriend?” and i was like, fuck it and pointed to myself (to basically say “i’m”) then fingerspelled “gay.” with a smile and no hesitation, the professor signed “sorry! do you have a boyfriend?” i couldn’t stop smiling all class. it just feels cool i don’t even know how to explain it. it that gay feeling y’all

The baby sign language phenomenon connects to what culturally deaf people celebrate as “Deaf Gain:” the notion that all of humanity can gain significant benefits and insights from Deaf visual-spatial contributions to the world, including A.S.L. and all its rich linguistic possibilities. Deaf friends I talk with applaud hearing parents for learning some signs with their children, and express hope that, someday, more people will use a signed language on an everyday basis, making communication easier for all of us.

But the developers and users of baby sign language don’t necessarily see A.S.L. fluency as a goal. Many of the books and websites actually assure parents that they don’t need to learn full A.S.L., and also that using baby signs won’t impede a child’s spoken language acquisition. […]

Finally, there is one more reason I feel ambivalent when my hearing acquaintances tell me they are using baby signs with their children. Often, I notice that these acquaintances are people who have never attempted to use any sign language with me — even though I am deaf, even though I am the one person they know who could most benefit from visual communication. This omission strikes me as a huge loss, even a huge injustice. […]

For decades, medical and educational professionals have discouraged hearing parents from signing with their deaf children. My own parents were told not to sign with me when I was a baby — and then proceeded to disregard that advice, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Some of these professionals believe that speech is superior and signing is only a crutch for spoken language acquisition, despite the fact that A.S.L. has been recognized as a full language since the 1960s.

The consequences of this philosophy of enforced speech for deaf education, literacy and language development have been disastrous: It has meant that many deaf children never acquire a fluent native language that will enable them to reach their potential. This is starting to change, but most deaf children still do not receive full A.S.L. exposure in their early years, which are critical for language acquisition.

The fundamental injustice of the baby sign-language trend is that our culture touts the benefits of signing for hearing children, but disregards A.S.L. for the deaf children who need it the most.

how to build a sentence!!

i was taught back in freshman year of high school that there are two ways you can structure a sentence. for example:

american sign language(ASL)


this structure is commonly called glossing.

say i pick a sentence from a song 

“i just cant stop loving you.”

by glossing, you have a reorganized sentence.


there is also active and passive signing.

if the subject is your topic , you are using an active voice.


if the object is your topic you are using a passive voice.


fun fact- a lot of people tend to use an active voice because of how similar it is to English grammar.

a topicalized sentence is using the object of the sentence as the topic and introducing it as a “yes/no question expression” ending with a comment.

1. topicalized


your candy is the topic and the sentence is in object-verb-subject word order.



woahhh kaylee, you made an error. why is ate not capitalized but the rest of the sentence is?

well first off, i didn’t make an error. second, words that have a sign for them such as “SOUR” are in caps. words without a sign such as “of, ate,ran,” can be finger spelled but then you'd be using SEE instead of ASL. there aren’t past tense words, that’s why you say what time of day it is!! “YESTERDAY, I RUN” or “I RUN YESTERDAY”.

either way is fine.


signing exact english

that is exactly what it sounds like. SEE is based on signs drawn from asl but is expanded using words that give a complete visual representation. “the girl had soft, silky hair.”

thats all i can think of atm so if you have anything else on asl and see let me know/add on. i might add on a bit later tho after i go shower brb

chibby-spoopy  asked:

Do you know of any ASL resources by any chance?? I really would like to learn

Check out my “Deaf Guide” if you have other questions c:

I am interested in learning American Sign Language, where do I start?

Thank you so much for showing an interest in learning ASL! It always makes me happy to see people take an interest in such a wonderful language. In order to have the best learning experience enrolling into a course at your local community college or other school is best. Here are some links though for those who want to get started or do not have time to enroll in to a class at the moment. I personally like LifePrint and ASL Dictionary, but will list other resources that have been recommended by other d/Deaf/HoH people.

LifePrint - LifePrint’s Youtube | Signing Savvy | Handspeak | ASL Dictionary | Fingerspelling Practice