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ASL Basics!

  • Aug 14, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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In this class you will learn to finger spell! This is one of the basic foundations of signing. We will practice the signed alphabet and play a game to help you remember what you've learned. From there we will learn basic greetings/introductions. By the end of class you will be able to sign 'hello', give your name, ask someone for their name, and let them know it was nice to meet them! * Deaf Culture Fact: At deaf social events, it's perfectly fine to walk up to a stranger and introduce yourself. This is generally not considered rude.

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  • Alan

    Thanks Erin. It was fun meeting the new people. The nights that I'm available are Mon-Thur(usually).

    1 · August 15, 2014

  • Erin R.

    Thanks to all who came to last nights lesson! I had a great time with you all and you did an amazing job signing!! If you haven't responded to the "times that work for you" post, let me know if you have a time/day preference and I will try to work with that! See you soon! :)

    1 · August 15, 2014

  • Lisa

    How long do these meetings last?

    August 14, 2014

    • Lisa

      Actually, I'm on my way! Will be there around 6:10!

      August 14, 2014

    • Erin R.

      Great!! :)

      August 14, 2014

  • Mike

    ^ referring to above, is it rude to join a sign conversation, and how do you talk in groups?

    August 13, 2014

    • Erin R.

      Good questions! Because ASL is a visual language (unless it is being used as a tactile language-more on that later), you must be able to see the people you are conversing with. For that reason, groups are often positioned in a circular/semi-circular formation. Just as it's hard to decipher speech when one person is speaking over another, it's hard to catch two messages from people signing at the same time, so taking turns is important.

      August 14, 2014

    • Erin R.

      Regarding joining an ongoing conversation - it's best not to invite yourself into what may be a "private" conversation. If you find you've done that by accident, just apologize and leave the conversation - it happens. At deaf events, you will see some people standing around, people watching, casually chatting. I would approach those people rather than the ones who are engaged in conversation. I like to start with a 'hello' and a smile. Based on the person's reaction, you'll have a good idea of whether they're interested in conversing with you. Join me at the next Deaf Starbucks and I'll show you what I mean.

      August 14, 2014

  • Alan

    Good to see more people RSVP'd.

    2 · August 13, 2014

  • Lisa

    I might not be able to make it! Sometimes work isn't done til 530 and your meeting place is pretty far away. Hope I can though

    August 11, 2014

    • Erin R.

      No problem Lisa! I'm going to start a weekend ASL lesson as well because I know it's hard for some people to get here on the weekdays.

      August 11, 2014

  • Mike

    I think we have a board mtg to attend, but we'd like to come to future event.

    1 · August 9, 2014

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