Yes or No? A Sign Language Explanation – repost

Often I am asked how to sign YES and NO in sign language.  Indeed there are formal signs for these words, but, frankly the obvious choice is to shake your head YES or NO.

 

If one wants to learn how to sign YES, simply make the handshape S (as below). Then bob it up and down as if it is a head nodding the affirmative.

YES! Move your wrist up and down as if this fist is your head bobbing up and down to say YES!
YES! Move your wrist up and down as if this fist is your head bobbing up and down to say YES!

 

To make the sign for NO use the “N” manual alphabet handshake and close it to the “O” handshape.  Of course, adding the headshape NO is a bonus!

 

When you say NO but you mean WRONG.  Try this sign instead!

WRONG is made with the Y handshake to the chin
WRONG is made with the Y handshape to the chin

 

What if you are indecisive? 

The MAYBE sign is made with hands being alternated up and down. As if you are saying, “If not this one, then that one”.

MAYBE - alternate hands up and down
MAYBE – alternate hands up and down

 

And, when you see DOUBLE ZEROS, that means NOTHING, NO WAY and even in Spanish – NADA!

 

 

Double ZEROS - tend to be made near the head or chest area - depending on the context.
Double ZEROS – tend to be made near the head or chest area – depending on the context.

Happy Signing!

 

*** Please note that SigningFamilies.com materials can now be found HERE at LouiseSattler.com

Educator’s Sign Language Lesson Plans #2

ACTION WORDS!

Now that you have learned a few simple words. Let’s learn some simple action words!

Many times we need words to for every day activities.

Starting with words appropriate for all ages:

 

EAT

TO EAT unspecified-10

 

DRINK

TO DRINK

 

SIT

 

TO SIT

 

 

 

GO

 

TO GO

 

 

GO TO THE BATHROOM (POTTY)

SHAKE your WRIST with the “T” handshape

GO TO THE BATHROOMBATHROOM

 

SLEEP (Young Child Sign)

TO SLEEP

 

For Older Students:

 

To DRIVE 

TO DRIVE

 

 

To WANT (pull hands towards you)

 

TO WANT

 

PRACTICE:  Now that you can spell finish these signed sentences

1- I (point to self) EAT ________

2- I (point to self) DRINK______

  1. I (am) GOING to ____________

Also, fingerspell these places :

 

DISNEY WORLD

CHURCH

TEMPLE

HOME

SCHOOL

MALL

STORE

LIBRARY

EXTENDED LEARNING: This sign has an X handshake but none of the words it can convey in ASL start with the letter X.  Which words (there are at least 5) can you make with this handshake? (Hint: One word this can communicate is TO NEED)

1- TO NEED

2-

3-

4-

5-

 

TO NEED
TO NEED and many other words that use this sign/ handshake

 

Recommended viewing for older students and adults: (note mature themes)

Oscar nominated:

  1. Children of a Lesser God
  2. Beyond Silence – German / English subtitles/ German Sign Language

Sign Language Instructional Lesson for Educators #1

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Welcome to the Educators Lesson Plans for Signing Families!

The first lesson in learning sign language is actually talking to your students about Deafness and why some people may “talk with their hands”.

Great resources to set the groundwork for older students to talk about Deafness and Gallaudet.edu

How to approach the topic of Deafness?  Preliminary assignments for students.

1- Ask your students if they have any experience within the Deaf community. You may be surprised to find out that some have quite a bit of knowledge.

2- Do any of your students have previous exposure to sign language. Perhaps they know signs such as MOMMY and DADDY or the alphabet / numbers?

3- Some students may benefit by being given the assignment of watching television with no sound or captions for 30 minutes. Can they follow the storyline?  (Older kids should be encouraged to watch a variety of shows, such as the news. Discussion points can include what was easier to follow?)

Second portion of this assignment can include asking students to watch television or videos WITH captions! Another discussion can be the value of closed captioning and the laws that enable closed captioning for equal access.

 

**FIRST SIGNS to TEACH:

Preschool students: (These signs are ready for download on our GALLERY PAGE)

MOMMY

DADDY

I WANT

MORE

FINISH

 

**Kindergarten age and up:

ALPHABET : VIDEO for learning:

NUMBERS 0-10: VIDEO for learning

 

PRACTICE:

Practice letters by first signing common objects and names.  2 letters. Then 3 letters. Then more.

Practice in front of mirrors.

Practice by spelling names of movies, books, famous people and family and friends.

How to reinforce learning creatively:

MANUAL ALPHABET:  Play games such as SCRABBLE, Hangman, Word Search, Crossword puzzles

NUMBERS:  Math problems, memorizing digit series, Sudoko, Battleship

EXTEND LEARNING FOR OLDER STUDENTS (Middle/ High School)

1- Do all countries use the same sign language?  What country is American Sign Language most akin to?

2- Deaf people often learn to sign to communicate. Could sign language be a good communication method for non-deaf people and if so, which circumstances?

3- How do you think sign language can help you learn other subjects (such as spelling or math problems)?

The Signing Families Mini-Emergency Communication Chart – For When Time Counts! (ASL- English – Spanish – Chinese)

 

SIGNING FAMILIES EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION MINI-CHART

This pocket-sized emergency communication chart has FOUR different languages represented. Photos for a dozen important informational signs are in sign language, English, Spanish and Chinese! There is a space for writing with a washable marker allows for efficient communication during challenging situations, such as medical emergencies or disasters. Also, numbers, common symbols (such as for email) and the alphabet is included. This card has a special coating for easy cleaning. This emergency mini – chart has been used by thousands of First Responders and Community Emergency Responder Teams (CERT). Also, valuable for those who work in schools, are involved with service related industries (such as bus drivers, flight attendants, etc.). Restauranteurs and hospitality workers are also using this chart to help customers who are in need of assistance. We offer this chart for those who reside in the United States. Price includes shipping within the USA. Don't want to order via PayPal or don't see a button to order? EMAIL US at the LINK BELOW! Bulk orders needed? EMAIL US! Shipping included, but note: we only ship within the United States. For outside the USA orders – please send an email. Thank you.

$1.49

 

NEED TO CONTACT LOUISE AS SIGNING FAMILIES ABOUT EMERGENCY PRODUCTS?

EMAIL HERE

 

 

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NOT FOR DUPLICATION

 

To learn more about emergency sign language please go to SigningFamilies.com

 

 

 

 

These Sign Language Lessons are FREE

This year – start your BACK to SCHOOL planning with FREE Sign Language Programming from SIGNING FAMILIES!

Am I kidding? Free lesson plans??

This year I have decided to offer via my educational platform – SIGNING FAMILIES –  a FREE series of beginner sign language classes. These classes will be “subscription only” but FREE to all who register.

The intended audiences are as follows:

  • Preschool teachers
  • Classroom teachers
  • Home Educators
  • Special Needs Support Staff (such as behavioral specialists)

Nv16eMsdgxb9eEi9JDGuLq2gpx3wQsShaWjMV3qpJ84What to expect:

Each lesson starts with target vocabulary by age.  Preschoolers will get simple words to learn while older students will be instructed to more enriched vocabulary, the alphabet, numbers and grammatical concepts.

 

 

For all students discussions about Deafness is encouraged. Resources are offered.

How to present the material, videos, downloadable photos and images and creative ideas to practice – all are part of the lesson plans.

Lastly, an opportunity to exchange ideas by asking questions will be a feature!

How to access the program?

Simply subscribe to the EDUCATORS LESSON PLAN/ SIGNING FAMILIES NEWSLETTER here:  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO FREE LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHING SIGN LANGUAGE

Once you subscribe the access codes to the lessons, as they become available, will be emailed to you.

There is no “hidden agenda” to this offer. Simply to educate more people about sign language.

I have seen so many positive outcomes when people know sign language – even the basics.  If you like the idea, but don’t want or need lesson plans for sign language instruction – please consider sharing this information.  Who knows?! – An educator may happen upon your post and love the idea!

Questions? Please use this contact form to ask any questions! 

I will not sell my list of subscribers to any company. Your info is kept private!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips to Learning Sign Language – videos included

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!

 

 

 

Will you accept 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.

 

 

ASL Holiday Signs

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!

~Louise

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December Newsletter: 2013 in Review, ASL Style

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Happy December! I know every year has 12 months, yet this year  seemed to have gone by in a flash!  I use to keep better track of the seasons, and time in general,  during those “parenting years”.  Back then I knew what month it was by which PTA project I volunteered to do.  October was the Halloween parade, December was buying teacher holiday gifts, and so on.  Now that my kids are grown and my status is that of having a “low occupancy home”, I realize  that I must  resort to keeping track  of time the old fashioned way- by using the Calendar app on my ipad!    Which explains why the alarm went off yesterday with a reminder that read:  “WRITE ANNUAL YEAR IN REVIEW BLOG TODAY”.

I know myself too well,  so I set another alarm and it went off  today with a bit of attitude  as the reminder message  read – “YOU FORGOT TO WRITE YOUR ANNUAL YEAR IN REVIEW BLOG – DO IT NOW!!”

So here it goes…  Nearly 4800 people have found our SIGNING FAMILIES  Facebook page.  I have used this social media page to help people to learn about sign language  (ASL) and the deaf community.  I also focused during the year on issues regarding Autism, Down Syndrome and education.  Then I sprinkled a hefty dose of humor, inspiration and giveaways!  We grew and grew with more than a thousand new friends joining us!

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Surprisingly, one of the most popular posts  was that of Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter.  In an effort to improve awareness about sign language usage in the United Kingdom, Daniel was asked to pose with a simple sign that asked readers to learn how to sign GOOD MORNING.  I found this article interesting and posted it, too.  WOW – what a response!  In fact, worldwide this campaign went “viral”.  I was glad our little “hamlet” could participate.

As with every good company, we were busy adding products and also revamping our website to reflect the change in how people do business online.  Our SIGNING FAMILIES website now offers online downloads for workshop attendees, more interactive elements and our newest product, the SIGN LANGUAGE EMERGENCY CHART  in American Sign Language with captions in English, Spanish and Mandarin (simplified).  Why did we create a quadra-lingual product? Simply, First Responders asked us to do so to help those with access and functional needs (AFN).  Plain and simple.

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This card has found its’ way in to thousands of emergency vehicles, uniforms and disaster response shelters nationwide. We were the most proud to have been able to donate many to our friends in Oklahoma, where I visited following the awful the series of tornadoes they experienced last May.  I invite people who work as emergency personnel to email me if you wish to learn more and to receive a complimentary copy:  Louise<at>Signing Families <dot> com.

It would be remiss of me to forget to mention that, it has been an honor to have met via workshops and conferences scores of  our First Responders, including CERT / NERT members. These people bravely  go towards disasters when most of us would flee.  I hope that my disaster preparedness and response workshops gave food for thought to all who attended as I know you all taught me so much, too!

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imageMeeoMiia came to us during 2013 to let us know that they were so  inspired by our logo and wanted to use it as a basis for their newest LOVE necklace. We were thrilled!  And, to celebrate we gave one as a giveaway to one of our subscribers!

It seems that wherever life takes me, including to events via OmgInsider or 411 VOICES I find people who are willing to take a few moments and give some love – ASL style. I posted some of my favorites photos below for you to enjoy!

It is no secret that social media overload can happen to anyone.  I am humbled that you found your way to this little ‘ol blog and read it to the end. Feel free to add your blog url below or to comment. Thank you and…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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The Secret Revealed! Thanks MeeoMiia

UPDATE:  This contest is now CLOSED. The winner has been notified and we congratulate Debra Leavitt Jorgensen for winning the Meeo Miia ILY charm necklace!  (Selection was made via Random.org)

 

Yesterday, I posted a blog telling you that Meeo Miia and I worked on a concept which we would divulge tonight on the LOUISE SATTLER SHOW via Blog Talk Radio.  So, tonight we will!  LISTEN HERE

But, because we want to entice you to listen and participate in our #giveaway we will give you an early peek in to our secret…

HUGE thanks to Sherri Pellegren, owner of Meeo Miia –  for designing a beautiful  necklace based on the SIGNING FAMILIES  logo and embellished with loads of  I LOVE YOU – art .  The logo which was created many years ago for SIGNING FAMILIES by artist, Pat Roby, will be available for purchase on the MeeoMiia website. .

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AND ONE PERSON WILL WIN THIS NECKLACE FOR FREE as PART OF A

GIVEAWAY HAPPENING THIS EVENING!

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN?

CONTEST RULES for a prize provided by Meeo Miia and worth $85 (with a portion of the proceeds going to a deaf  school / association which supports deaf children and families)

Must enter on the day of the LIVE radio show- August 4, 2013

Must  reside in the United States and not affiliated with 411 VOICES or Meeo Miia

One winner will be chosen who complies to the following criteria….

 TO ENTER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN YOU MUST DO ONE OR BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING (which enhances your chances to win, if you do both)

VIA TWITTER POST:

    I just entered a contest by  @MeeoMiia 4 their new #ASL  Necklace  #MeeoMiiaLovesASL via Louise Sattler SHOW on BTR #411VOICES

   OR  via  FACEBOOK go to SIGNING FAMILIES  and comment under the announcement using #MeeoMiiaLovesASL 

  WINNER IS CHOSEN VIA RANDOM SELECTION AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS BLOG

To see the reveal scroll to the bottom of this blog post. 

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