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Basic Sign Language Class/Silent Dinner
WHAT: Basic Sign Language Class for Beginners/Silent Dinner WHEN: 6:30-7:30pm WHERE: Chinese Community Church of Southbay 25420 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717 (go to the 1st Floor-Room 106) COST: $2.00. Covers costs associated with running the group. You can pay online. If you don't want to pay online you can pay in cash at the event. Just send me a message letting me know that you want to be added to the list and that you will bring cash to the event. If you want to attend but can't afford $2.00 to attend it, send me an email and I'll take a look at your request. THE CLASS: The class is a basic sign language class intended for beginners new to American Sign Language. It's team taught by a Deaf/hearing team. It's fun! If you are new to sign language and live in the southbay then this class is for you. Space is limited to 13 people from this group. First come first served. There is limited space at the Church where this event is held and a number of spaces are reserved for Church members. WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR THIS CLASS? This class is designed with the absolute beginner in mind but we also do our best to accommodate those who have taken a few lessons already. If you are brand new to sign language get a head start for this class by reviewing these videos: ASL Alphabet ( ASL numbers ( Your first 100 words in ASL ( AFTER CLASS WE WILL HOST A SILENT DINNER AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT. Come put your new signing skills to work with one or more members of the local Deaf community.

Chinese Community Church of Southbay

25420 Narbonne Ave · Lomita, CA

What we're about

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT: Spreading American Sign Language throughout Southbay Los Angeles cities. We are based in Redondo Beach, CA but offer classes in Lomita, near Los Angeles, CA. We take part in other Deaf events in other Southbay Los Angeles cities including, Lawndale, Gardena, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and other cities in the Los Angeles area.

All skill levels, deaf and hearing are welcome.

There are three simple mostly obvious rules for our group:

1)Everyone helps each other out to learn about American Sign Language and the Deaf community.

2)Everyone respects each other. No attitudes.

3)Have fun at our events!

Also when you join our group we need to see a real current picture of yourself that we can recognize and we need to see your real name (first name is fine). We want to be able to recognize you by your name and your face when you come our events.

This group is entirely what you make of it. The best way we know of to learn sign language is to practice, ideally with people that are fluent in the language. I've attend many sign language classes over the years, but really, I learned sign language and about the Deaf community by spending time with them.

You can practice with anyone you want in this group whenever you want. The power is entirely within you. Don't worry if you make mistakes, as everyone does. Learn from them and keep signing!

If you want to practice with others on a schedule that is more convenient to you you can become an event organizer for our group. It's easy. You just post events in our group whenever and wherever you want. You can post a beginners practice night, for example, at a coffee shop or elsewhere. You don't need to be an expert at sign language to do this. You just need to be a friendly responsible host. Contact me if you want to learn more.

Looking forward to signing with you!

-John Silva, organizer

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