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Mara Ladines explains why its important to support deaf business owners and avoid buying products by hearing people that commodify sign language and deaf culture for profit

Has it really been this long?

So, I was going to post this on February 7th but my life got taken over by education/school/homework. 

I can’t believe it has been 2 years since I posted this video about “Things I do with My Hearing Aids that may be Unusual to Other People”
In my early years, I was shy away about my hearing aids and hearing loss… I mean I knew I had it, I was humorous about it… though not as much as I am today. Now, I show my hearing aids with full on pride and make it colourful. I do these “bizarre’ things without questions and not care what people think.

And the views it gotten. It just makes me realize even more why I love what i do. Why i love advocating, educating and spreading the knowledge about Deaf/HOH/DeafBlind/Disability related information. 

I seriously thank you so much to YOU for all the support, love, relationships I have with all of you. Even if I’ve known you for that long, or just a few weeks/days. You are all wonderful people. You are not alone in this journey and you have me, and others who share the experience and spread the support and love.

So I wanted to say THANK YOU.

Tagged by @smetanovarevoluce, who is working on a project related to learning Slavic languages. Is this a sign to start practicing my Czech again? Yes. It is.

Questions:

  • Which Slavic language(s) are you studying/ learning? Primarily Czech, but I am interested in learning some Polish (and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian) as well. I’d like to get a better handle on Czech, first, before jumping to anything else.
  • Why did you choose to study/learn this language (s)? I studied abroad in Prague and while there, took classes twice a week in addition to living in an immersive environment, which helped me pick up basics very quickly.
  • What do/did/will you study? I plan to start listening to podcasts and start watching children’s shows depending what I can find, to get the language back in my ear before getting back to work on grammar.
  • What Slavic languages are/were offered at you school/ uni? My uni didn’t offer any, but it did offer the study abroad program in Prague.
  • Did you choose to major/ minor in a language (not necessary a Slavic one) why? why not? I didn’t. Maybe I should’ve. I’m forever mad at myself for not working as hard on languages as I should’ve.
  • Would you major/ minor in Slavic studies? Why? why not? My school didn’t have a Slavic studies program, but I did end up focusing a lot on Central and Eastern Europe within my Political Science major and it still is one of my primary interests.

*If you don’t have Slavic background:

  • do you recall when you first heard/ became interested in a Slavic language (not necessarily the one you’re learning right now)? There were a lot of Russian speakers within my Jewish community so I grew up hearing a lot of Russian. I got interested in Czech because I was studying abroad there and really wanted to immerse myself in the language and the culture.
  • Do you ever get asked “why are you learning this language if you’re not from there?” or stuff of the sort? People mostly ask me why I’m studying a language that’s only spoken by a tiny country in Central Europe. Once I tell them I studied abroad there, they usually seem to get it.
  • Alternatively, do you get asked “are you from X country” when you mention the language you’re learning ? I actually have. What’s funny, is my family is actually mostly from eastern Poland/western Belarus but primarily spoke Yiddish, which isn’t a Slavic language at all.

*if you have Slavic background:

  • are you a heritage speaker?
  • If yes, have you ever been in a language class with complete beginners of your heritage language?
  • If yes, what was it like?

*if you’re self-studying a language:

  • what motivated you to start studying this language? I hope to get back to the Czech Republic someday, and I want to be able to communicate.
  • Do you get most of your resources from the internet? Since I’m looking most into auditory resources, it’s easiest to find them on the internet.
  • If you have studied a language formally, what differences do you see between self-studying vs formal language education? Which one do you prefer? Formal education definitely keeps my procrastination in check (ha…check…czech…sorry) because I’m accountable to a teacher and a class, rather than just to myself. However, I wish I was better at self-studying because I’d be a lot more advanced than I am if I could establish it as part of my routine.
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Captain America at Disneyland signing with a deaf guest.

This is so important!

Signing ain’t easy
I got this modern/hipster AU in my head where link is mute and Zelda is trying to learn the sign language to be closer to him !

EDIT : OFC if you know some good modern fics tell me !! <3
EDIT 2 : I have read the 2 fics that were proposed and holy hell was it good !

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The Giphy library now includes over 2,000 American Sign Language GIFs

  • GIF emporium Giphy expanded its library on Thursday to include more than 2,000 words and phrases in American Sign Language.
  • The company collaborated with educational series Sign With Robert to slice clips from their 30-episode video series featuring Robert DeMayo and add written text.
  • The goals, Mashable reported, are to empower the deaf community and help hearing people learn ASL. Read more (2/16/17 3:33 PM)

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ASL is a language

American Sign Language and other signed languages are languages. It’s important to respect them as languages.

ASL is not English. It is a completely different language. Similarly, signed languages aren’t all the same. British Sign Language is completely different from ASL.

Signs are not universal, any more than spoken words are universal. The meaning of a sign isn’t always obvious just by watching; many signs are completely arbitrary.

Sign is not pantomime, and it’s not ad hoc gesture. It’s also not like symbolic gestures that are sometimes made up to accompany kids songs either. It’s a language, with all the complexities of language. The difference is important, and it needs to be respected. 

In order to know what signs mean, you have to learn them. (Just like in order to know what spoken words mean, you have to learn them.)

ASL is not just gestures, any more than spoken languages are just sounds. ASL has grammar, vocabulary, and culture. It’s important to respect this and not erase it.  

It is hard to tell in this photograph, but Ariel was signing to me! I am hard of hearing and there are times where I have to use ASL for communication. My mom told her that I couldn’t hear and immediately she turned asking (in sign), “You are deaf?”. I started sobbing, ugly happy sobs. In the time slot allotted we signed the entire time and it made my trip to Disney absolutely incredible. Think about that. Five minutes of just being able to communicate with a character made the long plane ride, long car ride, etc. worth it. The bonus is that Ariel is my favorite Disney princess. I felt included in a world that is tailored to the “norm” and it meant the world.

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Do You Hear the People Sing?” in ASL

Don’t stay silent, speak up and be united. You are not alone.