Hello everyone! Sorry about the delay in starting to post what I’ve been learning so far. I’d like to share a quick story on the connections and interactions I’ve been having other while trying to learn sign language. Via Twitter, I had the privilege of receiving a particular reply to my tweet, asking for any resources that involved students/people with hearing impairments, or help with sign language.
Her name is Heidi Paterson, she is a science teacher in Preeceville, and is hearing impaired herself! I cannot thank her enough for replying back to me, there is no one better to learn from than a fluent signer themself. Heidi has answered any question I have sent her way, we have exchanged emails and have already planned a day to meet for coffee, sit down with a translator and learn even more through experience. She is incredible, and I have only met ‘her’ online so far. Please keep posted for potential videos and pictures of our conversations!
I chose to learn the basics on my own this past week and came across a great site ASL Fingerspelling. By practicing these letters, I video’d myself spelling out the entire alphabet in my new language! This is a lot trickier than it looks, as some letters are signed very similar, and I actually haven’t completely aced it perfect yet.
Any suggestions or common phrases you would like to see me learn next?!