How I Learned Sign Language From My Deaf Boyfriend

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hey guys Sign Duo here and today we’re gonna be talking about how I learned sign language from, well Ryan my boyfriend who is deaf hello hello can’t really see each other with Java in the middle a lot of you guys have been asking us questions about how to learn sign language, how I learned sign language so we’re gonna be talking about that when did I start learning sign language? I started learning when I met you and I was around 13 or 14 years old. When we met I I didn’t know any sign language. I might have known like the ABC’s just a little bit but even have them memorized at that point I don’t even see it as it being hard.

hey guys Sign Duo here and today we’re gonna be talking about how I learned sign language from, well Ryan my boyfriend who is deaf hello hello can’t really see each other with Java in the middle a lot of you guys have been asking us questions about how to learn sign language, how I learned sign language so we’re gonna be talking about that when did I start learning sign language? I started learning when I met you and I was around 13 or 14 years old. When we met I I didn’t know any sign language. I might have known like the ABC’s just a little bit but even have them memorized at that point I don’t even see it as it being hard.

I just wanted to like communicate with you and you were this guy that I was seeing and we would flirt and joke around what we learned first was like body language and facial expressions and we we actually just made a recent video about that how I assume – we assume each other’s sentences so you guys can watch that if you want to I think that was really helpful.https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/it/it/kiev/kbpha/hoteldetail/concierge It was a good foundation to start learning sign language because a lot of people who I’ve taught sign language don’t really learn two: 1) body language 2) facial expressions first they assume sign language is signing (with no expression) but that’s not the case. Sign language involves so many other things you have a good foundation of facial expressions and body language because when we met you didn’t know any sign language you had to gesture maybe after one week of us sitting like writing notes and using other ways of communicating he started to teach me sign language and so we would have a conversation I would say something like “meet me over there” I wanted to say, meet me over by the… bathroom for example Why the bathroom? meet me over That sounds wrong no but, no people meet at the bathrooms that’s a weird example not in the bathroom like outside the bathroom Why would we be at the bathroom okay bad example bad example okay meet me on the field. how about that? is that a good, appropriate example? okay so if I wanted to say meet me on over on the field If I knew how to sign like, meet me over there but I didn’t know the sign for FIELD and I would start to spell out F-I-E-… Ryan would kind of interrupt and be like, oh (sign for FIELD) he would like …. what’s the…complete?… he would complete my sentences I mean, not sentences, but I would assume the words you used because remember in the last video we talked about how we learned our vocabulary our level of English, so I would after a while of writing I could kind of predict what words she wanted to use you’d say FIELD and like nod your head too kind of like, “oh I understand what you’re trying to say” and I would I would get it and then I would have FIELD in my vocabulary. so I would just add that to my vocabulary and next time I could use it and so I’d just build my vocabulary that way and we would meet every day at school for lunch or snack so we would have a lot of conversations a lot of practice so at the high school we went, we luckily had sign language courses at that high school so she went ahead and signed up for that class she learned from me for six months. One-on-one during snack and lunch she learned then the next year I asked, “why not take a class?” and I was actually taking Latin that year yeah, why not take sign language instead why take Latin.

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Who uses that it’s an old language she thought, “why not, fine” she went to talk to the ASL 1 teacher to let him know yeah he was or you were um so- my first year I was taking Latin but Ryan was taking ASL 1 so the next year he said, take ASL with me, but he was already at ASL 2 and I would have to start ASL 1 right right right E: yes baby E: I’m so sorry. You want to come up here She crying still? Yeah she’s crying. That’s okay. come on we can hangout She went to go meet with the ASL 1 teacher E: she’s making noises to see if she could skip the ASL 1 course and move onto ASL 2 I just went to go talk with the professor and I signed to him and then R: he saw you signing and was like, oh, okay E: he was like okay that’s okay. You can join ASL 2 so funny, we were in ASL 2 together so that’s how you learned so quickly she had immersion and courses and then my junior year I took ASL 3 at a community college with you. yeah we both did R: We actually broke up hahah but we got back together so it’s okay yeah it was like it was a small break up like a week or something like that not a break up, but a break we had issues back then “issues” so umm but I also during that time was more involved in the Deaf community because Ryan would invite me to Deaf coffee night, hang out with his best friends, also we also we went to a Deaf convention convention oh, right. convention we were only dating maybe two years? one year, two? it was pretty early almost two yeah that way I got to see other people who signed and saw how big of a community is is not just you know one person that I know who’s deaf it’s this whole huge community so really there were three things that helped me learn sign language 1) being immersed and involved in the deaf community and learning from a native signer I had my own personal teacher which is really nice sign 2) taking ASL courses at school that really helped me with mostly vocabulary and all the technical technical things and then the 3) online courses and those helped me like with practice and you know if I needed a reminder or if I just wanted to practice my receptive skills I used online courses receptive sorry, receptive receptive skills this, not this basketball basketball receptive we are really happy to say that this video is sponsored by Skillshare and Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes covering R: everything many many different topics creativity to entrepreneurial skills and actually I’m really happy that we are partnering with Skillshare because they host one of the ASL online courses that I actually took and it actually helped me learn about some history and background on the language of ASL premium membership gives you unlimited access to all the courses you can take any course that you want to learn about whether you want to satisfy your curiosity, creativity, your career Skillshare is the perfect place for that Skillshare is great.

They’re affordable so click the link down below and start your free two-months trial the link is in the description down below it doesn’t hurt it’s free its two-month completely free trial and if you sign up it really helps our channel out so back to giving some advice about learning sign language. There are just a few things I want to say the before we end this video these two things I found have really helped me learn sign language through our whole relationship and it’s 1) not to really focus solely on the signs to care about communicating and whatever ways of doing that body language facial expressions and the signs will come on their own and 2) always ask how to sign things always don’t worry that you don’t know a lot of signs if I could make one point to add to that I’m Deaf and I know multiple Deaf people in my community not in the whole world of cours, but in my community and we’re always willing to teach you knew signs if you ask just ask, “what’s the sign for … *fingerspell*” we’d be more than happy to answer that question yeah I’ve never met someone who was like why are you asking me how to sign things or being offended keep in mind that there is a high percentage of hearing people so sign language is not very known deaf people do notice when you try and are willing to help I remember I went to the store every week Every week I’d go to the store at first the clerk didn’t know how to interact but later he started asking, “sign what?” I’d explain and by roughly one year later the person could say, “hi, how are you today?” “how’s your day?” that would really make my day better to have someone I could interact with and I know a lot of people who are just starting to learn sign language they are really concerned about being offensive or is it is it offensive if I asked how to sign things, or is it offensive if I don’t know a lot of signs but I try to communicate still? If you really want to learn You want to learn then it’s not offensive so be willing to be okay with not knowing all the signs because it’s just naturally not gonna know how to sign fluently from the beginning.

It’s a whole process and just being patient with yourself and being honest that you don’t know all the signs that’s fine just ask and there’s so many people out there, nice people who will help you come here baby *mwah* all right don’t thank you guys so much for watching our video don’t forget to sign up with Skill… it’s harder to sign over my left hand Skillshare and sign up for your free two-month trial and you should take the ASL course that I took and learn about the history of ASL yeah the history of ASL? mhm history of ASL They teach signs too so if you want to learn you know basic like numbers or things like that then you should sign up you can sign up and look for any courses find one that is interesting. take it. it’s free for 2 months all right we’ll see you guys next time Love you bye Sign Trio OUT!

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