Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010 To "Do" List - Learn Something New, Week #1

There are a TON of resources out there for learning American Sign Language (ASL). Some differ in quality but the couple I have found really delve into the culture and some the semantics, which are a huge part of the language and understanding it's proper application. I found some podcsts through USI with video webcasts of the sign language course. It's nice to see the teahcers assistant (who is hearing impaired) sign all the vocab words and see the proper way to use them. I have made it through course five this week and have picked up some new words. There is also a Sac State teacher who has a website at lifeprint.com where I have already learned a lot of words, but the new words I can claim from the podcast this week are...

NEW WORDS:
Cousin
Roommate
Boyfriend/Girl Friend
Grandchild(ren)
Grandson/Granddaughter
Brother/Sister-in-Law
Step-Dad/Step-Mom
Parents
Nephew/Niece

REVIEW:
Dad
Mom
Grandpa
Grandma
Man
Lady
Boy
Girl
Kids
Friends
Baby
Uncle
Aunt
Brother
Sister
Family

2 comments:

senovia said...

Awesome! I always wanted to learn ASL. I know the alphabet, and what we had to learn with DS used to see a speech therapist, which may or may not be actual ASL.

Kim said...

ASL was one of my classes in college. All my professors were deaf, so it was really interesting. One of the other students got brother and boyfriend confused, and told us that she had 3 boyfriends and 2 were married. We couldn't stop laughing. ;) I use ASL when I teach preschool for children with disabilities in the summer and we are going to use it with my grandbaby. Have a great day!