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  • Aug 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This ASL BRIDGE meetup is every two weeks on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

This meet up will meet at Panera Bread
8541 Georgia Ave. the corner of Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD --

Parking & Metro
The nearest parking garage:
Town Square Garage, 801 Ellsworth Dr. (NE) and it is free after 6:00 pm.

Silver Spring Metro Station - Red line stop at Colesville Rd. has a good map of where are Panera Bread and the garage.

As Evelyn Leonard is no longer hosting this meetup- this meet up now has

TWO Co-hosts JOEL  (2nd THURS. )  & KEVIN (4th THURS) of each month

I am trying a new format for this meetup:

This format for the 2nd Thursday ONLY:

Each session should be divided into two groups. Each signer determines where they fit:

1st group: Fingerspelling & Flashcard and ASL books - in one group  (beginning/novice signers)

2nd group: Intermediate-Advanced/conversational (no talking, sign only)

Each person determines what there level is. As you make the transition to the second group-- please respect my one rule and be committed to really practicing ASL without using your voice. signing only.  The more you depend on your receptive skills, the more you will learn.




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  • Joyce

    Thanks for your comments. Josh, I will definitely check out "Lifeprint" and keep practicing which I hope will only make me better at signing. We will be back on the 2nd Thursday of September with a greater knowledge base and understanding. Vanessa - I think that is a great point to make, learning the slight variations of other signers and the fast hand movements LOL!
    It's a lot to take in but I'm in for the l o n g haul. It's funny, I can't get those color signs I learned last night out of my head! - not to mention all the others (help, different, same, month, year, plus, etc...) It's putting all those signing words together in one sentence that gets me especailly if the hand movement is fast. I'm certaintly looking forward to getting to that level one day.

    Thanks for the encouragement, it was great meeting everyone and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Joyce

    August 9, 2013

  • Joyce

    We didn't know any signing and it was a bit intimidating. I thought it would be for beginners and there would be handouts for the Alpha that we would begin learning. Luckily I had my own. It was obvious everyone there knew how to sign and understand the signees. We will definately have to find an alternative beginner lessons in order to participate with future sessions. The group was very nice and we did learn several words, I think learning the alpha will help alot. I did find the following free online class: (cut and paste link)
    I'd like to know what other signers think about it as a way of learning and becoming better at sign language.

    August 9, 2013

    • Citizen J.

      Hi, Joyce.
      Several months ago I started learning ASL and didn't do nearly as well as you did. By attending these MeetUps and doing a couple lessons at http://www.lifeprint....­ I have made enough progress to have a basic conversation with a patient person.

      Keep at it.

      August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      the online free ASL you mentioned seems like a good booster. i will look at it myself in order to practice receiving signs. some of the demonstrated signs differ slightly from how i learned to sign them. one thing that i have learned is that, just as hearing people speak slightly different in pronunciation and accent, deaf people sign words slightly differently. i have been challenged to notice these slight differences and adapt accordingly. see you soon?!

      August 9, 2013

  • Citizen J.

    Watching a couple attendees that were absolute beginners, I see how far I've come by attending these MeetUps and looking at every now and again.

    August 9, 2013

  • Paula S.

    Does anyone live in or near Gaithersburg or Rockville as we could possibly meet in one of these areas as well? I need to practice,practice, practice.... I' m full of excitement!!! Thanks

    August 5, 2013

  • Joyce

    My daughter and I wanted to learn ASL together so that we can communicate more with a neighbors girlfriend who is deaf. We are novices and look forward to learning more about the classes.

    July 31, 2013

  • Patience

    I am not sure if I will be in town but I look forward to attending other sessions in the future if I am not able to make it this time. Thanks

    July 22, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I want to know more. Eager to learn. I'll probably just observe. Yay!

    June 24, 2013

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