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    Thinking of picking up sign language.

    I would like to learn this, no reason really, I just think it would be a nice skill to have.

    Does anyone here know it and I would like to ask if its difficult or similar to learning another language.

    I haven't even begun to look into it yet.
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    Gonna be hard to type in sign language...

    Just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I would like to learn this, no reason really, I just think it would be a nice skill to have.

    Does anyone here know it and I would like to ask if its difficult or similar to learning another language.

    I haven't even begun to look into it yet.
    I know sign language! I started learning it last year. It was something I always had an interest in. ASL is it's own language. That's why you will encounter some deaf who when forced to write to communicate the words in the sentence will be reversed and some will be missing since they don't use them signing.

    It's actually like entering another world. They are very tight knit and cautious of outsiders but they really appreciate when hearing people try to communicate with them. It requires practice and interacting with the deaf community. You'd be surprised how many events they hold welcoming the hearing to come and practice with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I would like to learn this, no reason really, I just think it would be a nice skill to have.

    Does anyone here know it and I would like to ask if its difficult or similar to learning another language.

    I haven't even begun to look into it yet.

    It should help with your spelling at least. Then you would not be as apt to use than for then.
    Last edited by RedCloud; 19th September 2017 at 06:30 PM. Reason: to correct spellcheck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish View Post
    I know sign language! I started learning it last year. It was something I always had an interest in. ASL is it's own language. That's why you will encounter some deaf who when forced to write to communicate the words in the sentence will be reversed and some will be missing since they don't use them signing.

    It's actually like entering another world. They are very tight knit and cautious of outsiders but they really appreciate when hearing people try to communicate with them. It requires practice and interacting with the deaf community. You'd be surprised how many events they hold welcoming the hearing to come and practice with them.
    Sounds great, I had no idea about them being a community though.

    Unfortunately I don't really have anyone to practice with so that might be tough.

    Thanks for the tip Trish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCloud View Post
    It should help with your spelling at least. Then you would not bet as apt to use than for then.
    No reason to troll a friendly thread.
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    I know how to sign "goodbye".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Sounds great, I had no idea about them being a community though.

    Unfortunately I don't really have anyone to practice with so that might be tough.

    Thanks for the tip Trish.
    Here's a link that will help you get started. It will give you an idea of what you'll be getting yourself into (and it's free). "ASL Lesson 1" American Sign Language (ASL)

    Also, they offer ASL classes at the local community colleges for a reasonable cost. What is really good about taking the classes is they also introduce you to the local events. You go with the instructor and class. This is how I started. I was too intimidated to try connecting on my own so this was the perfect approach for me.

    If you have any more questions I'd be happy to answer or if I don't know I can try and steer you in the right direction. I hope you try it. It's really amazing. I was traveling abroad not too long ago and was sitting in a restaurant with a friend when I noticed one of the wait staff helpers was wearing a hearing aid and would watch people's lips and movements to make his job easier. He walked by my table and when he glanced over I signed and asked if he was deaf. His whole face lit up and he smiled and nodded. We chatted briefly in sign because American sign language isn't universal. Each country/region has their own sign language but there are some signs that are known world wide. It was a neat experience and the gentlemen was so happy a patron actually could converse with him.

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    The middle finger, thumbs up, thumbs down, wave, point...

    Everybody does sign language already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish View Post
    Here's a link that will help you get started. It will give you an idea of what you'll be getting yourself into (and it's free). "ASL Lesson 1" American Sign Language (ASL)

    Also, they offer ASL classes at the local community colleges for a reasonable cost. What is really good about taking the classes is they also introduce you to the local events. You go with the instructor and class. This is how I started. I was too intimidated to try connecting on my own so this was the perfect approach for me.

    If you have any more questions I'd be happy to answer or if I don't know I can try and steer you in the right direction. I hope you try it. It's really amazing. I was traveling abroad not too long ago and was sitting in a restaurant with a friend when I noticed one of the wait staff helpers was wearing a hearing aid and would watch people's lips and movements to make his job easier. He walked by my table and when he glanced over I signed and asked if he was deaf. His whole face lit up and he smiled and nodded. We chatted briefly in sign because American sign language isn't universal. Each country/region has their own sign language but there are some signs that are known world wide. It was a neat experience and the gentlemen was so happy a patron actually could converse with him.
    Wow those are some amazing stats, I never realized any of that before.

    Never had to take a language.

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