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MetroWest Weekly Meetup

WHAT: MetroWest Weekly Meetup
WHEN: EVERY Thursday
TIME: 6:30PM
WHO: ANYONE is welcome to come by and have a conversation in ASL
WHY: To socialize, have fun, and enjoy chatting in ASL
WHERE: Starbucks in Acton (411 Mass Ave. in Acton, MA)

NOTE: Every once a while, the location may change. PLEASE look on the website each week for confirmation. THANKS!

Anyone who loves ASL is welcome to come and be part of the fun! We want to warmly extend an invitation to Deaf people or others fluent/skilled in the language (CODAs for example) to join our group.

This is an easy-going, casual, ASL get-together to meet people who enjoy American Sign Language, who want to brush up on their signing skills, and want to learn more ASL by using it as often as possible.

We strive to have a good time and communicate without using voices. If we need to, we draw or write what we don't know how to sign, and if lots of folks show up, we split up into small groups and mix and mingle, so we can actually see one another clearly, face-to-face and get a good conversation going.

Don't be afraid or shy if you're not "perfect" at ASL, because being "perfect" is not the point of this group. No one expects that everyone will be at the same level, and none of us mind slowing down or repeating what we have signed so that everyone understands.

We all laugh WITH one another as we fumble along, mess things up, and start over again. This isn't an ASL class, since none of us are certified ASL teachers, so there's really no pressure or expectation--other than that we all use ASL to communicate. We all learn from one another!

IF you've taken an ASL/Sign Language class before (or have had exposure to someone who uses the language) and know the basics (alphabet, numbers 1-20, and even a small vocabulary of signs ), then join us to get your fingers, hands, face and body moving, ASL-style!

IF you haven't taken an ASL class, or don't know the basics, don't be discouraged ... you can come along anyway and learn by watching, and gradually, participating. We have lots of resources that we can suggest for learning ASL from a qualified teacher or authentic source, such as books, online classes, and local classes at various locations near Boston.

If you can, "officially" RSVP, even if the RSVP is "No," so that we know who is definitely going to come.

It will be great to see folks!

Shana and other MetroWest ASL members!

 

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  • Lisa

    Nice to meet you, Flor. It was really fun, everyone...nice spontaneous treat! ;)

    May 16, 2013

  • Lisa

    Really nice people.

    May 16, 2013

  • Flor C.

    Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable!

    May 16, 2013

  • Dave S.

    Going to try and make it tonight.

    May 16, 2013

  • Shana

    Thanks all! I will miss you - this is one of my favorite parts of the week! See you next week!

    May 16, 2013

  • mike

    I might be late, 7:oo pm. maybe...

    May 16, 2013

  • Lisa

    Great! Thank you for hosting! See you tomorrow night:) Shana, I hope graduation is a good ceremony.

    May 15, 2013

  • Shana

    Hi folks. I have graduation tomorrow night. I thought it would get out pretty close to 6:30, but I'm told it will likely go until 8pm. I am hoping Linda or Suzy will be willing to host (pretty please!)

    May 15, 2013

    • Linda M.

      Hi Shana, I am happy to be the host of this Thursdays meet up! We will miss you but have a great time at the graduation:-)

      May 15, 2013

    • Susan

      I'll be there!

      May 15, 2013

  • Linda M.

    Hi Shana,
    I am happy to host the meet up this Thursday! We will miss you but have a great time at the graduation :-)

    May 15, 2013

  • jan f.

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say I enjoyed the meeting last night. It was hard but am willing to keep trying. Thank you for your patience. Hope to see you next Thursday.

    May 10, 2013

    • Shana

      Hi Jan! We loved having you. Hope you will come again and no worries. We will keep helping!!! You did great

      May 11, 2013

    • jan f.

      I wouldn't go that far but appreciate the warm thoughts. Have a great weekend.

      May 11, 2013

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