Ways to Learn the Sign Language Easily

February 6th, 2009

Today sign language has become one of the important parts in the world. If you have family and friends who are deaf then sign language is the best way to communicate with them. There are many schools and universities where we can learn sign language.

Sign language is not a universal language, as other languages. It changes with time and develops differently in different communities. There are 25 sign languages in Africa.

ASL is the dominant form of signing among of all of the signed languages and is distinctly different from spoken English. Many signed words are communicated in phrases and concepts whereas spoken English is communicated word-by-word. Whereas in spoken English, words have verbal inflections that give meaning or provide a level of expression, in ASL, without a voice to rely on, the inflection comes through palm movement, specific gestures, and even facial expressions.

Even if you are not familiar with the term ASL you probably know the gestures. You’ve seen them acted out before at some concerts, most major speeches, and overall among those with hearing impairments. This form of communication is age-old and has been the standard form of communication for those who are unable to hear.

Finger spelling

Finger spelling is probably both one of the simplest and most challenging forms of sign language. It uses the 26-letter alphabet to spell words out (just as we do in written English). While it is easy to learn the 26 letters to spell out the words, actually spelling each word letter by letter can be very frustrating and time consuming. Most people start out with finger spelling when they are first learning to sign, then they graduate to gestures, words and phrases. However, finger spelling is very important to learn first because there are some words that require this technique, like proper names, businesses and street names.

Signed English

Signed English (SE) is a slightly different concept than ASL or finger spelling. Of course, finger spelling is signing one letter at a time, while ASL is signing in sentences, but more often as phrases and concepts. SE fits somewhere in the middle, using sign language to speak word-for-word, which very similar to how English is spoken. Therefore, there is a signed word for every word spoken in the sentence, whereas with ASL there may be some words missing because one sign might represent a phrase or thought.
Many times when we see people signing and speaking at the same time, they are using SE.

Try making the sign language easy to read and understand for the viewer. Don’t make it too complicated for them. It is always easy and fun to learn sign language.

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