Sign language is popular! Why? Because, this past year, Deaf actor, dancer and model – Nyle DiMarco not only took top honors as America’s Next Top Model, but also won with partner, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars ! An amazing feat!
It was exciting to see how Nyle seamlessly weaved his world of ASL with dance. Moreover, his enthusiasm for sign language has had a serious trickle down effect – as many hearing people now are motivated to learn this beautiful visual language.
Related: See the dances and scores from #DWTS here
If you are a person who would love to learn the basics of sign language, but don’t know where to start – let me help! I put together a series of videos now available on my YouTube channel and just added my 5 TIPS to LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE (also posted below).
Shamelessly, I will add here that you will find resources, free videos and downloadable sign language images on my website – SIGNING FAMILIES.
Before I end this blog with the 5 Tips for Learning Sign Language videos, I want to publicly thank Nyle for all he does to promote ASL in our communities and for advocating for Deaf children and bilingualism. BRAVO!
See an important video about Nyle’s Foundation
Get your fingers “warmed up”… here come my 5 tips for learning sign language!
TIP #1 : Learn 5 NEW signs daily!
Tip #2 – PRACTICE! EVERY SINGLE DAY!
TIP #3 – Learn from native ASL users – Deaf signers!
TIP #4 – Sign what you see!
TIP #5 – We all make mistakes!
As a present from me to YOU please find in this blog a FREE download of my 10 FAVORITE SIGNS intended for beginner or novice sign language learners. The ASL photography are for sharing and printing.
** FREE DOWNLOAD – Click the link below **
The same signs found in the downloadable document also are included in these open captioned sign language videos from my YouTube Channel (Please go check out my channel and many other sign language videos!).
Each year Signing Families, the company I founded nearly a decade ago, adds new videos to our free online catalog available on YouTube. This year we are creating more sign language videos dedicated to the topic of travel! Learn signs for countries, ways to travel and more!
This series of videos will be focused on helping novice and intermediate sign language learners acquire basic vocabulary. Also, intended for those in hospitality management who may wish to learn how to communicate with Deaf patrons.
In addition, we will add information about Deaf travel opportunities. (Did you know that there are specific tour companies dedicated to travel with Deaf clientele?)
If you have a Deaf owned travel company or any other suggestions about this series- please comment below!
Looking for a fun AND educational gift this holiday season? Try this series of FINGER ALPHABET COOL KIDS WORD SEARCH PUZZLES. I received a set to review this week and must admit they are indeed creative and enjoyable! Note that the puzzle books are marked by levels and type of words- such as Verbs or Adjectives. Great for beginning ASL classes.
To learn more I would recommend clicking to AMAZON where they are sold for around $8 per book.
Have you joined the SIGNING FAMILIES 31 DAYS ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube?! Each day during the month of October 2014 – I am uploading sign language videos for easy learning.
Here are this weeks signs and a video of #5 – FAMILY
In case you missed them here are the other signed videos from the first week of the ASL CHALLENGE!
Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too! So many reason to learn!
Where to start?
First, set aside up to five minutes a day to learn some basic sign language and practice! If you subscribe to my Youtube channel you will receive reminders every time a new video is uploaded. Secondly, if you are so inclined, please share these one minute videos with others. And lastly, enjoy the journey of learning this visual language.
Learn more on FACEBOOK, SIGNING FAMILIES and of course, on my TWITTER stream.
On October 16th at 10:16 in the morning, I will be joining the 9.2 million Californians and 19 million worldwide (and counting) individuals who are planning on stopping EVERYTHING to participate in the SHAKE OUT earthquake and tsunami drill!
Registration is EASY and the whole drill only takes a few minutes.
WOW – five minutes to practice how to be safe when a disaster strikes!
And, for you non-west coast folks – don’t think that earthquakes are just “our thing”. If memory recalls correctly – one of the most recent earthquakes of a magnitude greater than 5.0 in the United States happened in Virginia!
Here is the PSA I made in sign language with open captions to help keep everyone safe, including those in our Deaf and HOH communities!
graphics from ShakeOut.org
On behalf of SIGNING FAMILIES we wish all a happy holiday season!
Below you will find in our slideshow some common holiday words in American Sign Language (ASL) For more information about sign language or to learn how to sign – please visit our website or our FACEBOOK page where nearly 5000 people visit and share. We also have many of our videos on YouTube for your enjoyment!
Have a safe, joyous, healthy and wonderful holiday season!
What is in your lunchbox today? I have started to take a real look at the food I have been eating and serving. I can’t eat the same foods I did when I was a much younger “me”. So, I am focusing on “real foods”. Ones that are as close to the original source as possible. That includes discovering new veggies (Brussell sprouts with balsamic vinegar grilled are yummy- who knew?) and fruits (I am loving apricots these days!) Plus adding at my doctors insistence dairy products .. including milk and yogurt. ( I never was much of a milk drinker, but I am learning to use it in smoothies and coffee.) And, although I prefer non-meat options I have been eating protein with meat and fish to help me be healthy and curb hunger!
Many families who follow SIGNING FAMILIES have asked me to post words in American Sign Language which are food related. So, here you go.. foods that help keep us healthy!
THESE BOLDED WORDS ARE DEPICTED IN OUR SLIDESHOW
EAT and FOOD
VEGETABLE : POTATO
FRUIT : APPLE, PEAR, PEACH, BANANA
DAIRY: CHEESE, MILK, YOGURT
NOTE: Due to unforseen circumstance the ASL Summer online camp has been cancelled. Look for an upcoming announcement for another option for learning ASL during the summer!