english sign language

To say there is no worth in learning a language that isn’t economically useful is like saying there’s no point in being friends with somebody unless they’re going to help you get a better job. It’s a spectacular, cynical miss of the point.

Rhona NicDhùghaill, “Don’t Neglect the UK’s Indigenous Languages

The whole article is great, but this quote is especially stellar. 

People who don’t sign will never understand how revolutionary skype (and similar apps) are.

Love Has No Language

Request by @belle6026 to do a story where Draco learns how to sign in order to talk to his crush

Requests Open

Warnings: None

Word Count: 725

Originally posted by daisiesanddraco

Draco rarely found himself so infatuated with one person, or so curious about their life. Most of the time he would come to know people from gossip or talking with them and decide they weren’t worth his time. He had a strange feeling that this wouldn’t be happening this time. There was this girl, Y/N, Draco had known her since year one at Hogwarts, yet had never spoken to for obvious reasons. He could only imagine what it was like for her, probably like watching the world behind a sheet of glass or some other obstruction. Everyone on his side could interact and communicate freely, while on her side things were much more difficult. He knew many didn’t dare try and cross that boundary separating her and the rest of the world. There weren’t many people at Hogwarts who even knew what Sign Language was, let alone knew how to sign.

               It was one rainy day in November that Draco found himself sitting opposite the girl during one of their class study sessions. He looked across and waved, smiling when she returned the gesture. He took out a piece of parchment and scribbled on one corner, “Hello, how are you?” before sliding it over to her. He could almost see the drop in her expression, and it made his entire heart ache. He watched as she scribbled a response before sliding it back to him, “I’m alright, how are you?”, he saw just under his writing, in beautiful script. He frowned slightly looking up as his mind started to race. There was no way they could have meaningful conversations like this, and Draco was determined to get to know this girl. There was something about her that drew him in, something about her that made him want to break down that barrier. He held his hand up in a sort of ‘Wait’ gesture before standing up and disappearing back to his dorm. She would probably be waiting awhile, but he was going to do it.

               On their next trip to Hogsmead, Draco made a beeline for the bookstore and looked through everything until he found one small, old book on sign language. He was honestly surprised to find one at all. Returning to Hogwarts with his prize Draco spent weeks studying the hand gestures and workings of the language. He practiced well into the wee hours of the morning. He started with simple things such as, “Hello, how are you?” and responses, before moving on to more conversational tools. It took about two months before he felt comfortable enough to possibly hold a conversation.

               The next morning, he walked up to her in their first class with a big grin on his face. His heart beating rapidly, he signed, “Hello, how are you?”, and he swore he could see her face light up. Almost too rapidly for him to understand she signed back, “You know sign?”. It took him a moment to figure out what she said before responding, “I’m still learning. I wanted to talk to you properly. This is what you were waiting for”. Draco would have done anything to see her smile the way she beamed at him then. He must have been one of the first people to even try and learn her ways, instead of make her learn theirs. “Thank you”, was all she responded. After class that day the two joined up outside the castle. They spent hours teaching him new words and perfecting his signs. Now whenever he wanted to talk to her, he could. He learned that she loved to draw because it was a way she could express herself in ways others could understand. He leaned all about her family and her life, and for once he didn’t get bored, but rather just became more infatuated every single day.

               He told this story at their wedding, explaining to the crowd of people in both English and Sign Language that love could break any barrier. He explained that sometimes if you really cared about a person, it didn’t matter what you had to do, you would do it, and even if your first attempt was horrible, they would still appreciate the effort. The way she lit up that day was still burned into his mind, and he worked everyday to bring that same smile to her face.

ASL Tip #6:
When signing ASL you have to remember the most important rule. ASL is NOT English! You don’t just translate an English sentence into sign. You change the order of the words as well. For example when signing the English question “How many hours do you sleep?”, you sign in the order of “Sleep you hours how many?”. The action or main subject of the sentence goes first, then who your talking about, then the unit in question (hours, minutes, inches), then finally the wh-question that would go in the beginning of an English sentence.

Whale sounds brought to the deaf

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy whale-watching excursions around the world every year, pursuing humpbacks for their mysterious, multi-octave songs. And now the fun is opening up to deaf people, who are feeling the sounds for the first time.

One voyage this week took a a large group of deaf students out to see humpbacks frolicking in the waters of the Caribbean. While they didn’t hear the grunting and the squealing, they wore high-tech backpacks that tuned whale songs into vibrations.

The children gasped as they felt the sounds for the first time.

“When I first felt the vibration, I felt it in my heart,” said Nicole Duran, 15, a student at the St Rose Institute for Deaf Assistance in Santo Domingo. “It reminded me of a heartbeat,” she said through a sign language interpreter.

Nicole was among 47 students on the field trip from Santo Domingo, the capital on the south coast, to Samana province on the north coast, a three-hour bus ride.

In grades seven to 12, the children used their hands to express the thumps, pings and gentle massage they felt on their skin. Stretching their arms high and low to follow the varying tones they sensed, the students opened and closed their hands rapidly to express strong impacts.

“I feel the pulses - it’s like boom, boom, boom!” Melissa Castillos, 18, said aboard a 48-foot, power catamaran in the Bay of Samana. “I’ve seen photos and videos of whales, but this is the real thing.”

The migration of several thousand humpbacks from the northern Gulf of Maine to the Dominican coast brings some 50,000 tourists to the area from January to March every year, according to the Tourism Ministry. For three consecutive years, the visitors have included children and teachers from several Dominican schools.

Introducing deaf and hearing-impaired students to the whales and their music was the vision of Dominican artist and musician Maria Batlle, 34, who in 2013 founded the Muse Seek Project. Her nonprofit’s goals include using music as an educational tool for deaf children.

Batlle said she learned in 2014 of the Subpac technology, developed for music producers and aficionados by a Los Angeles company, and a year later incorporated the devices into a music program she launched for the 500-student National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo.

The annual whale migration to the Dominican Republic made it a natural learning opportunity for students interested in marine life, Batlle said.

“They learn about whale behaviour, anatomy, the environment,” she said. “They learn why the whales come here, what they do when they’re here. They learn to appreciate why whale watching is important and why whale hunting should stop.”

Passengers aboard this year’s voyage included teachers, students and guests from four academic institutions. Eric Quinlan, originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, and teacher of English and sign language at the 200-student St Rose school, served as interpreter for the deaf passengers.

“Being deaf, the students are never really going to know what sound is, but to experience it this way is just awesome,” Quinlan said as the boat trailed a pod of six adult whales through choppy waters.

While the whale excursions in 2015 and 2016 picked up clear melodies from the humpbacks, the hydrophone lowered from the boat on Tuesday mostly transmitted the static of rough seas. Ready with Plan B, Batlle used a recording of last year’s robust melodies instead.

Revelling in the sight of humpbacks and the pulses of last year’s songs, the students expressed sheer delight.

“How emotional, how beautiful,” David Montero, 17, said through animated signing. “This is my first time in Samana, the first time I ever saw a whale, and to know they sing - wow! It’s super!”

All will Know

so i realized that i never made a post talking about one of the nuances of the signing in spring awakening. melchior’s major line/recurring motif, “all will know” is signed three different ways (at least in the bootleg I watched). the first was simply “everyone will know” or essentially have the knowledge of. he signed this in “all that’s known” like he was just so angry, and he wanted everyone to have the same education he had. in i think “those you’ve known”, he signs “everyone will understand” like he knows pain of ignorance, and he wants to save everyone else from that. in “bitch of living” and “song of purple summer”, which I feel are his most passionate songs, he signs “everyone will mind open” because in those songs, he demonstrates that he knows open mindedness is the only way to make progress.

Dancing Hands by A_Zap

Fic can be read HERE.

Case Fic, Sign Language. Completed. Rated: G. Word Count: 1,700.

Pairings: None.

Trigger Warnings: None.

Mob and anyone else who had ever met Reigen Arataka couldn’t help but notice the way his hands move while he talks. It just never occurred to Mob that Reigen could move his hands about with an actual purpose. Based on a personal headcanon.

The signs as etymology and mythology
  • Aries: a ram. alternately a battering ram. youre a literal siege weapon you piece of shit. i dont know why latin and english both use the same word for a siege weapon and an animal. maybe the english one is a calque of the latin one. idk man.
  • Taurus: it's a bull. think of like "minotaur", which is minos + taurus, and minos was the dude who ruled crete when the his wife suddenly birthed a monster bull thing, so the minotaur is a bull of minos. anyway, youre a fucking cow thing and youre half a minotaur. congrats.
  • Cancer: youre a fucking crab but at least youre not a deadly disease
  • Gemini: one person is multiple twins?? whatever. well at least in ancient rome you wouldve gotten two names that go well together, like steve and anti-steve.
  • Leo: it's a lion. youre a lion. leonine is a word that comes from it. if your name is leon or leonardo then youre like a double lion.
  • Virgo: literally just the latin word for virgin. according to my teacher the reason they spelled vergil as virgil traditionally in english is so it looks more like virgin. but apparently some people say it's because of a pun about magic wands so i dont know if your sign is even relevant here. but yeah youre a virgin now. even if youve fucked people youre a virgin.
  • Libra: balance. its a good word. part of my favorite punning latin motto ever, "facio liberos ex liberis libris libraque", which means "i make free men out of children with books and a balance". libra can also mean "hurl it!"
  • Scorpio: take a wild guess bro. fun fact –io to –ion going from latin to english is really common. if it ends in –tion in english, it was probably a latin noun ending in –tio. spanish equivalent is –ción btw.
  • Capricorn: i hate to break it to you but youre not a goat, youre the horn of a goat. just one single horn of a goat. capri- is goat and cornus is horn, like a cornucopia and stuff. fucking cornucopia goat for the win.
  • Sagittarius: yeah so it says youre an archer but apparently that archers not even a human archer. it was either a centaur or a satyr. both were creepy-ass woodland dudes who kidnapped hot women and got turnt all the time.
  • Aquarius: means water-bearer. alternatively, an adjective meaning watery. thats hella fitting. did you know that if youre a human then your body is 60 percent water?!
  • Pisces: pisces doesnt mean one fish. it means fishes. how many fishes are you? maybe 2, maybe a whole skule of them. we will never know.
If you're writing a d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing Character . . .
  • Deafness and being Hard of Hearing encompasses a wide range of hearing loss, and d/Deaf/HoH people communicate in different ways. Whether a person sees themselves as deaf or Hard of Hearing is a very individual thing. Being deaf does not mean you can hear no sound at all, and very few people have this level of hearing loss. The distinction between deaf and Deaf is that deafness is an audiological condition, while being Deaf is a cultural and personal identity based on shared experience, language, and history. Not all d/Deaf/HoH people know sign language, and may use a variety of methods to communicate, which may change given the situation or whether they are speaking to another d/Deaf/HoH person or a Hearing person.
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants are not like “glasses for your ears.” For the vast majority of people who need vision correction, glasses or contacts can help them see just as well as people who don’t need correction. But hearing aids aren’t like glasses–magnification of a sound doesn’t work in the same way as magnification of an image. Cochlear implants can help someone with severe hearing loss hear, but the hearing these implants provide is completely different from what a Hearing person experiences. These devices merely help a person with hearing loss hear better than they could without them, and what that means varies quite a bit from person to person. In addition, not everyone gets much help from these devices, and many people are not good candidates for cochlear implants or find them controversial.
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not make a d/Deaf/HoH person Hearing. As soon as the person takes out their hearing aids or other assistive device, the challenges associated with their hearing loss are just as they were before. People don’t generally wear their hearing aids or the outer portion of cochlear implants all the time. This could mean they only take them out to sleep and shower, or it could mean that they only wear them when they most need them. When a person is wearing them, they are still deaf/HoH, and will likely still experience problems associated with that.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing people often hear better in different situations, and hearing loss varies widely between d/Deaf/HoH people. People who are d/Deaf/HoH may hear better in small group situations, when their conversational partner is facing them, and may have trouble with certain frequencies of sound more than other frequencies. For example, they made have trouble understanding conversational speech because most of their hearing loss is high frequency, but be able to hear lower pitched sounds with less difficulty. Other factors that can impact a d/Deaf/HoH person’s ability to hear something include crowded places with lots of background noise and walking on narrow sidewalks where their conversational partner is walking in front of them and facing away. 
  • Lipreading isn’t easy or accurate. Lipreading can help a d/Deaf/HoH person understand what is being said, but it’s not easy and many people either cannot do it or aren’t that good at it. Lipreading works best when good lighting is available, the speaker enunciates clearly and does not mumble, and is facing the lipreader. Even people who are skilled at lipreading will still struggle with understanding what is being said, and have to use clues about context and word order to piece together speech. This can be exhausting to do constantly, and generally isn’t enough on it’s own. Not understanding what the people around you are saying can be very isolating.
  • Sign language isn’t a visual form of English, and there isn’t just one sign language. American Sign Language is not a a way to speak English with your hands. ASL has distinct rules that do not correspond to English grammar, and ASL does not correspond to the geographic locations where English is spoken. American Sign Language and British Sign Language are distinct, not mutually-intelligible languages, and there are many others around the globe. If your Deaf character grew up and lives in Russia, they probably use Russian Sign Language, not American.
  • You don’t need to write out the gestures and motions of a character speaking who’s speaking sign language. If your character is communicating in sign language, you may not be sure how to best transcribe what they are saying. Some people will translate the speech into English and italicize it to show that it is a translation. Some people will communicate the meaning of what was being said, rather than writing out any explicit dialogue. But trying to write out the actual physical gestures and adequately describe what a sign or string of signs looks like is just unwieldy and is rarely as clear as you think it is. Not only is this frustrating for actual users of the particular sign language, but most of the people reading your story are probably not going to be sign language users.
  • Avoid simultaneous communication in both vocal and signed language. Simultaneous communication, or sim com, is a system that people sometimes use, but it doesn’t actually make for very good communication. Hearing users of sim com will often forget to sign certain parts of what they are saying or will sign in the grammatical structure of the vocal language rather than the signed one, making their use of language inaccessible to the deaf/HoH person that they are trying to communicate with. Many deaf/HoH people cannot hear or struggle to hear vocal language, which means that they are getting no benefit from their conversational partner using both languages.

I HAVE NEW ADMIN AH he’s gonna do a lot of my fluff

his name is ali and i made him send me ten facts so

ten facts :

 1 - I hate appetizers

2 - he/him but they/them is cool! 

3 - love dogs 

4 - dnp helped me with English! (the language not the class lmao) 

5 - i love the smell of mouthwash 

 6 - reading is my favorite thing 

 7 - i speak Spanish and English and American Sign Language 

 8 - i was held back a year bc of the dual language program :/ 

 9 - i got my finger stuck in a hole in a ruler and had to get it cut off (((the ruler not the finger))) 

10 - i love plants

pls be nice to him he is bean 

The signs as languages
  • Aries: Armenian | Հայերեն
  • Taurus: English | English
  • Gemini: Korean | 한국어
  • Cancer: Chinese | 中国
  • Leo: Spanish | Español
  • Virgo: Danish | Dansk
  • Libra: Hebrew | עברית
  • Scorpio: Japanese | 日本語
  • Sagittarius: Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt
  • Capricorn: Italian | Italiano
  • Aquarius: German | Deutsch
  • Pisces: French | Français

anonymous asked:

Which languages Mycroft is able to speak?thanks for tour blog and work.hope you're ok.

Currently he knows 24.


BSL (British Sign Language)






















and Spanish.

(I’m doing better but my meds don’t come in until next week so I’m hanging in there.-M)

the signs in IPA
  • aries: /ˈɛːriːz/
  • taurus: /ˈtɔːrəs/
  • gemini: /ˈdʒɛmɪnʌɪ/
  • cancer: /ˈkansə/
  • leo: /ˈliːəʊ/
  • virgo: /ˈvəːgəʊ/
  • libra: /ˈliːbrə/
  • scorpio: /ˈskɔːpɪəʊ/
  • sagittarius: /ˌsadʒɪˈtɛːrɪəs/
  • capricorn: /ˈkaprɪkɔːn/
  • aquarius: /əˈkwɛːrɪəs/
  • pisces: /ˈpʌɪsiːz/

Michael Arden, man of the moment in L.A. theater, stages a revival of a famously ‘troubled’ musical

“I don’t know what I’m doing.”

Director Michael Arden is addressing his cast and crew, assembled in a large circle on the first day of rehearsals for “Merrily We Roll Along” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

For the next five weeks, these people will gather in the confines of a black-box theater for eight hours a day, six days a week in preparation for their opening Wednesday.

Arden does, in fact, know what he’s doing. He’s been thinking about “Merrily” for a long time. In high school, he played the small role of the club pianist and understudied the show’s lead character, Franklin Shepard. Now, nearly 20 years later, Arden is staging a revival of the famously “troubled” Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, which opened on Broadway in 1981 and closed after only 16 regular performances and 44 previews.

Many, including the critics, found the show’s structure confusing. “Merrily” revolves around three friends — Franklin, Mary and Charley — beginning in 1976 as jaded adults and playing backward to 1957 when they were just starting out, full of hope and optimism.

“I think it was ahead of its time,” Arden says. “People absorbed information through entertainment in a different way than they do now. We soak up information in a way that is not as straightforward and linear as it once was.”

Interest in the musical has never waned. It’s been staged around the world, and its songs, including “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends,” are regularly performed in cabarets and concerts. A new documentary, “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,” directed by original Broadway cast member Lonny Price, premiered at the New York Film Festival in October and hit theaters Nov. 18.

For Arden, it was the music — for which Sondheim received a Tony nomination — and the musical’s message that drew him back to the show.

“I fell in love with it,” he says. “What it has to say about how and why we sacrifice our ideals to achieve our dreams is really important and something worth examining for audiences now.”

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Why has next to no one done ASL/signed english covers of anything from Hamilton? ASL (signed english) cover of “You’ll Be Back” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show Hamilton (which is amazing I’m in love with it).

tockae  asked:

Did you say prompts!? Bc if you've got the time and feel like it I'd really like to read words about deaf!obi-wan and how that changed some things while others stayed the same

This one took some doing, because I wanted to do it right.  I had to decide if Obi-Wan was going to be Deaf, or deaf (yes, there is a difference- culturally Deaf and just physically deaf/hoh), and also how the Jedi would deal with such a thing.  Would he be deaf from birth, or would it be because of an accident or illness?  Plus, I had to make sure to get someone who has some experience with deaf (and Deaf) people looked over it.  Since my Mom is a ASL interpreter, she was able to help with it. It’s not perfect, but I hope I at least got more right than wrong.


Obi-Wan Kenobi was the only Initiate that didn’t look up when another of the younglings squealed that a Master was visiting.  The Master was overwhelmed, but eventually, he noticed the lone Initiate still reading by himself in the corner.  The rest of the younglings didn’t seem to notice the Master’s distraction.

Qui-Gon Jinn frowned to himself.  The boy seemed to be alone, and that seemed to be a normal state of things, if the way he didn’t look up was any indication.  Was he normally shy, or did the other children dislike him for some reason?

Qui-Gon decided that he’d ask the Crèche Master about it. 


Twelve-year-old Obi-Wan felt it when someone sat next to him, but didn’t look up.  His book was interesting, and it was probably just Bruck Chun, who loved to say things to him while hiding his mouth and then tell the Masters that Obi-Wan was ignoring him.

A large hand was placed on top of his bookpad. Startled, Obi-Wan looked up.  A human Jedi Obi-Wan had never seen before was staring at him.  “I’m sorry, Master,” Obi-Wan said.  “I didn’t realize it wasn’t…”

The Master smiled at him.  “Can you read lips?” he asked, making sure to enunciate. *Do you need me to sign?* he asked, using Standard Sign.

“Yes, Master.  I can read lips.  I also know Standard Sign, Corellian, Twi’lek, Gran, and Alderaanian sign,” Obi-Wan both said and signed.

“Which do you prefer?” The Master asked, using both StanSign and voice.

Obi-Wan knew the answer to that trick question. “Whichever you want, Master,” he chirped.

*No, young one.  Which is best for you, not me.  I’m fluent in half a dozen Sign Languages.  Pick the one you know best.  Unless you’d prefer to lipread.*

Obi-Wan stared at him.  The only other Jedi who cared what he wanted was Master Yoda, and the old master could only manage Gran sign.

The Master sighed.  *Do so few ask?* he asked.

*They ask, Master,* he signed.  *But they don’t really care.  They want to be told that they can use whatever they want.  They want to know that I can just lipread.*

The Master scowled down at the table for a moment. *In the future, young Obi-Wan Kenobi…*

Obi-Wan jumped.  The Master had used the sign that Master Tarrirel had made for him when he was three.

The Master smirked.  *In the future, tell me when you want me to use sign, and when you’d prefer to lipread.*

Obi-Wan blinked at him.  *Yes, Master,* he finally signed.

*Good,* the Master said.  *My name is Qui-Gon Jinn.* he fingerspelled out his name. *Most of those who know my sign use this one.*  His hands flashed through the Q-sign tapped to his chest twice, and forehead once. *I have a friend in town who is Deaf, and he gave me the sign after my master said that I thought more with my heart than my head.*

Obi-Wan smiled.  “Qui-Gon Jinn,” he said out loud.

*Very close, just a little more emphasis on the “Gon”*

*Yes, Master Qui-Gon.*

Qui-Gon smiled at the boy.  *I realize that this is unusual, Initiate Kenobi.  But, if you are willing, I would like to take you as my Padawan.*

Obi-Wan’s eye widened as the Master stunned him once again.  He’d never expected to be chosen.  No Master wanted to deal with a Padawan who couldn’t hear.  “Are you sure?” he asked out loud.

Qui-Gon smiled.  *I know you cannot hear, young one.  I can teach you to use the Force to compensate for that.  And I will never have trouble communicating with you.  I know StanSign, Twi’lek sign, Wookiee Sign, the Felucian Dialect, Mando’a hand signals, and Corellian sign.  I would teach you those you don’t know.  Would you like to be my Padawan?*

Obi-Wan threw himself at the man.  *”YES!”* he exclaimed in all the ways he knew.


Anakin Skywalker stared up at the man that had run up with him to see Master Qui-Gon.  “Master?” the man asked in a soft, oddly inflected voice.

Master Qui-Gon looked up at the man.  “Ah, Obi-Wan.  Good timing, I wasn’t sure I could have lasted too much longer,” he said. He pulled himself together and stopped supporting himself with his hands.  He continued in Twi’lek sign, which he’d asked if Anakin knew. *Obi-Wan, I want you to meet Anakin Skywalker.  Anakin, this is Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I was his teacher, before he was Knighted last year, and he agreed to help me on this mission.*  He added an unfamiliar sign then continued *Anakin helped us get the parts we needed to fix the ship.*

Anakin smiled at Obi-Wan.  “Nice to meet you,” he said, making sure to look straight at him. He knew some slaves who couldn’t hear. *Do you need me to sign?* he asked.

Obi-Wan smiled down at him.  *You don’t have to, young one, so long as I can see your lips.  Do you have a sign-name?  And do you only know Twi’lek sign?*

Anakin nodded and gestured.  An A-sign moving as if it were a wrench, which his mom and their deaf neighbor had given him.  *I know Huttese and Toydarian sign too.* he said.  “And I can speak basic, Huttese, Twi’lek, and Bocce.”

The man looked amused.  *I think Twi’lek sign or spoken basic would be best.*

“Yes, sir,” Anakin said, still staring at him. He liked this man.

Qui-Gon dropped into a sign language that Anakin didn’t know, though he did recognize his own name-sign. 

“Oh,” Obi-Wan.  He turned back to Anakin.  “Well then, Anikin…”

“Obi-Wan,” Qui-Gon said, gently placing his hand in Obi-Wan’s field of view. 

“Anakin?” Obi-Wan asked. 

Anakin nodded.

“Let that be a lesson, Anakin.  Don’t hesitate to correct me if I pronounce your name wrong.”


Anakin didn’t like what he was seeing.  Too many Jedi were ignoring Obi-Wan.  The boy hurried to catch up to his second-favorite Jedi.  He tugged on the Knight’s sleeve to get his attention.  Obi-Wan looked down and smiled.  *Why do they treat you worse than a slave?* he asked.

Obi-Wan frowned.  “They don’t, Anakin,” he said out loud.

*Yes they do,* Anakin said.  *At least back home, the Masters talked to slaves, even if it was just orders.  I just saw that old Gand ignore you.  He asked me a question, but didn’t even try to get your attention.*

Obi-Wan shook his head.  *He is a Jedi Knight, Anakin, and he has the right to ask questions.*

*But it wasn’t just him.  The five humans we just passed, they bowed to other Jedi, even those as young as me, but they ignored you.*

Obi-Wan sighed.  *It is the way it’s always been, since I lost my hearing when I was two. Most Jedi don’t understand why Master Qui-Gon chose me.  But that doesn’t matter.  I am a Jedi.*

*That’s stupid.  You’re a great Jedi, better than any of them.*

Obi-Wan laughed softly.  *It is the way it is, not just in the Temple.  Those of us who cannot hear have to fight to be recognized. There are, of course, those who don’t think that.  I have friends, and Master Qui-Gon, and others.*

Anakin scowled.  *I don’t like it.*

Obi-Wan clapped a hand on his shoulder.  *Just ignore it, young one.  I do.  Now, we need to head to the Council Chambers.  Master Qui-Gon wants you to meet them.*

*Are they stupid about you too?*

Obi-Wan laughed again.  *Not all of them.*  He ruffled Anakin’s hair, then smiled at the boy.


Padawan Anakin Skywalker knew he had the best Master in the Jedi Order.  Master Obi-Wan was teaching him how to sign in Standard, and then Obi-Wan wanted to learn Huttese sign.  Obi-Wan could use the Force to know when someone was talking, and he could pick up a general idea of what they said, too, even if he couldn’t hear it.  He knew almost a dozen sign languages, and four spoken languages.  He was amazing with his lightsaber- he’d killed the Sith on Naboo, and saved Master Qui-Gon’s life.  He was almost as good a pilot as Anakin, and he hadn’t even scolded Anakin for flying that Nubian fighter.  He understood when Anakin had told him that he’d stayed in the cockpit just like Qui-Gon told him to do.

Anakin didn’t care what anyone else thought, Obi-Wan was awesome.  And he liked Anakin too.


To make the story flow easier, I used standard English grammar for the sign languages, but that’s generally not the case for modern Sign Languages.  ASL, for example, is grammatically more like French than English.  And I imagine that there must be hundreds, if not thousands of Sign Languages in GFFA, and Obi-Wan is more like a polyglot than anything.

In this universe, Obi-Wan works harder to prove he can be a Jedi, and his therefore Knighted a year or so before Naboo. Qui-Gon asks him for help, and episode one happens mostly as in canon.  There’s no hard feelings for Qui-Gon trying to take Anakin as a Padawan, and Obi-Wan isn’t worried about Anakin taking his place, so he’s more relaxed. And, of course, because Obi-Wan has studied more and tried to prove to the Jedi who didn’t believe in him, he manages to keep up with Qui-Gon and Maul and saves Qui-Gon’s life.

This Obi-Wan is much happier than the canon Obi-Wan.