I'm learning ASL

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    I've met a guy who's so incredibly studly hot, he's flirted with me, we've kinda chatted etc... problem is he's deaf icon_sad.gif so communication is limited . he's outa town for a week and I've obsessed with learning ASL American sign language while he's gone! I've mastered the hand alphabet and can spell out any word with out having to think about it.. I've also learned about 80signs like, what's up, hello, good morning, yes, no etc... I'm so into this guy and just want to be able to chat and see if it goes anywhere. if not, hopefully I've made a new friend!
  • TheBizMan

    Posts: 4091

    May 31, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Well that's nice of you to go out of your way to learn sign language for him! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    Being deaf is no longer a "problem" these days. The technology is there, and all you need is some creativity to be able to communicate with the deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. In one of my business trips to Phoenix 2 years ago, I met a super hot deaf guy and we communicated via iPhone's notepad during our time together. It was a bit hard at first because it required some dexterity, but we got used to it after a while. Be creative. It's commendable that you're willing to learn sign language, however.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    shortmuscle: Good on ya for taking on ASL. A dear friend's new bf is deaf and I'm considering learning some ASL. May I ask, did you learn online, or from a book or just what? Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated.

    PS: Rockin' bod.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    When I dated a deaf guy, I compromised. I learned Sign English. ASL is practically a foreign language compared to English. (which is partly why some deaf people have problems with English.)

    Now that you know the alphabet, perhaps you can see that Lincoln' statue in his memorial is signing his initials. The left hand is forming an "a." His right a loose "L."

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    thats so great!!! you must be really into him!! maybe this can help http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/aslpro.cgi tons of words in there.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    Do you have any funny stories from your dating him.

    I remember tip-toeing up behind my deaf guy. And then l thought later, why did I do that. I could have walked up behind him in combat boots and he wouldn't have heard me
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    First thing you have to learn are a-z and able to spell worlds with out thinking about it... its actually easy, took me 2 days of constant practice, there are several free apps..... then I jumped over to YouTube and book marked several videos that taught stuff like colors questions common words basic stuff ... then I started using all the basic stuff to create complex sentences ... I'm totally fascinated with signing as I've always been a visual person ...
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    Congrats man... Your on your way to learning a great skill to have. I'm actually going back to school right now to get a bachelor in ASL interpreting.

    I'm sure your new friend will really appreciate all the effort you put in to learn to communicate with him.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Wow that is so awesome of you to do something like that!
  • rytheguy

    Posts: 42

    May 31, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    It certainly isn't as simple as just learning the signs. You've got classifiers to learn, facial expressions, not to mention their entirely different sentence structure! Learning ASL is every bit as hard as any foreign language, but very gratifying!
    I wish you luck!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    I've always wanted to learn sign language, French, Japanese...
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    I've learned that asl is just like any language, you have accents inflections etc I've never been a person who learned via books or classroom, maybe that's. why I'm picking up the basics so fast
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    I've always found it interesting that even though spoken and written dialects of English across the world are mutually intelligible, sign languages aren't. Apparently deaf Americans and Brits can't communicate with each other through sign language because their sign systems are completely different!

  • May 31, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    I applaud you for learning ASL as a person with a disability - I thank you for be a champion for making the effort to communicate with him . The world needs more people like you. respect buddy :-)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI've always found it interesting that even though spoken and written dialects of English across the world are mutually intelligible, sign languages aren't. Apparently deaf Americans and Brits can't communicate with each other through sign language because their sign systems are completely different!


    Yes this is quite true... ASL is related more closely related to French Sign Language. ASL is used primarily in english speaking areas of North america, and is also used in a lot of areas in west Africa.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidI've met a guy who's so incredibly studly hot, he's flirted with me, we've kinda chatted etc... problem is he's deaf icon_sad.gif so communication is limited . he's outa town for a week and I've obsessed with learning ASL American sign language while he's gone! I've mastered the hand alphabet and can spell out any word with out having to think about it.. I've also learned about 80signs like, what's up, hello, good morning, yes, no etc... I'm so into this guy and just want to be able to chat and see if it goes anywhere. if not, hopefully I've made a new friend!

    Awesome! I took a class in college, just because... ;-)
  • Ray60613

    Posts: 1

    Jun 01, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    jeffster said
    pocketnico saidI've always found it interesting that even though spoken and written dialects of English across the world are mutually intelligible, sign languages aren't. Apparently deaf Americans and Brits can't communicate with each other through sign language because their sign systems are completely different!


    Yes this is quite true... ASL is related more closely related to French Sign Language. ASL is used primarily in english speaking areas of North america, and is also used in a lot of areas in west Africa.


    Yes, that's correct. We, deaf people, can communicate with French deaf people far easier than with the British deaf people. Fortunately, I think French guys are sexier. ;)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidI've met a guy who's so incredibly studly hot, he's flirted with me, we've kinda chatted etc... problem is he's deaf icon_sad.gif so communication is limited . he's outa town for a week and I've obsessed with learning ASL American sign language while he's gone! I've mastered the hand alphabet and can spell out any word with out having to think about it.. I've also learned about 80signs like, what's up, hello, good morning, yes, no etc... I'm so into this guy and just want to be able to chat and see if it goes anywhere. if not, hopefully I've made a new friend!


    This is awesome. Everyone should go this far to show the people they're interested in how much they care. Hope it works out for you!
  • dalwriter

    Posts: 167

    Jun 01, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    That is pretty awesome. I always sort of wanted to learn a sign language but never seemed to get the hang of Mexican Sign Language when I tried to learn it. I guess I'm just not dexterous enough for finger spelling.

    Right out of college, I dated a guy from Kerala, in southern India, and tried to teach myself Malayalam. That didn't go anywhere (alas, neither did the relationship).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidI've learned that asl is just like any language, you have accents inflections etc I've never been a person who learned via books or classroom, maybe that's. why I'm picking up the basics so fast


    you really should look up the ASL interpretations of music and songs on youtube, most of them are amazing
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    ASL Is amazing icon_smile.gif I love it! I've been signing for 10 years now and I love the language and Deaf culture. I would suggest learning more about Deaf culture through Deaf events etc. Every person I know that is Deaf or Hard of Hearing appreciate someone who makes any attempt at learning ASL. I studied Deaf Education and the best way to pick up ASL is through immersion within the Deaf community. Just like you would with any foreign country, you'd learn best from those who speak the language natively. It's a beautiful language, and yes ASL song interpretations when done right can move you to tears! Just keep at it and you'll get the hang of it, just remember it's not Signed Exact English (SEE) sign, it's American Sign Language so throw out all the English you know when translating icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    I remember my high school's ASL club used to do a few performances at a number of school concerts. I vividly remember their ASL tribute to *NSYNC, haha. They were really awesome. Better than my school's chorus in fact icon_cool.gif
  • dc415

    Posts: 255

    Jun 01, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    remember: eyebrows up = yes/no question. eyebrows down = information question.