For those unfamiliar, ASL, stands for American Sign Language. I had considered taking a class at the local Community College but when everything went to distance learning, I just figured I would learn on my own.
I found a few online tutorials. They have been great. I have picked up a few things, but it would be nice if I could take a class. Fortunately, I have met someone who wants to teach me. We connected online and she is a great person. That has given me even more reason to learn so I may be able to communicate easily.
I have tried to learn other languages before. I used to listen to Russian on the way to work, but still only a minor understanding of a few terms. Of course, I didn’t fare well learning French or Spanish in High School. Part of the reason for issues with French was that my memere’ was Quebecan French. So I would come to her house on weekends and try my Parisian French and she would chastise me. So I would go back to school with her Quebecan French and would fail my class. With Spanish, it was just as bad as I would learn Spanish in school but everyone spoke Portuguese around me.
I really want to learn ASL. I want to become proficient. My friend is coming to visit and she says she will help me. I am looking forward to that. I really want to learn how to sign. I think it is a good ability to have. I have learned a few from some of the sites online.
This site has a whole series and continues to add to them. The symbol in the lower left is the love symbol. The woman above is Meredith. I have found her way of teaching helpful.
ASL, is different than standard English, the syntax is different. It can take some getting used to but with practice, you can sign too. I kind of wish they had a course like this in High School. I think people should learn to sign. Meredith has a course for Baristas so that they can better server the deaf community. I have learned how to say my name is Emma. Of course, you have to sign the letters of your name. I am glad my name is short. Don’t ask me to sign Morgaine.
I am fortunate to have met my friend. It has inspired me to learn. I will take her on a tour of Fall River and surrounding areas. She will teach me how to properly sign and I will show her the city and surrounding areas. I might even take her over to the Borden B&B and Maplecroft where Lizzie spent the last of her days. It is in walking distance. Then again, for me, everywhere is walking distance.
This is a new experience for me. I really want to learn ASL to better communicate with Pauline. When we do run into communication issues, we can fall back to texts. I care about Pauline and hope we can become fast friends.
If you get the chance to learn ASL, I recommend it.
As always, my heart to your heart, one heart, one spirit.