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1b. Beginner ASL Lesson One Part II: Sentences


Hi everyone, Laura Berg here. Now this is part two of lesson one. So make sure you did part one, which teaches you the vocabulary words. Now we’re moving on to sentences. Let’s begin. See yes/no questions and ‘wh’ questions. I will explain eyebrows, it’s important. yes/no question, eyebrows go up. ‘Wh’ questions, eyebrows go down. So, how are hearing people supposed to remember eyebrows up/down? How? It’s easy, think about your voice, the tone, It’s the same as when asking a yes/no question, your voice goes up. For example, Do you want to go to the movies? (yes/no question) at the end of the question your voice goes up. Do you want coffee? You can hear your voice go up. Or, you what movie do you want to watch? Your voice goes down. What movie? Voice goes down What’s your name? Voice goes down. When your voice goes up, with yes/no questions, your eyebrows go up. With ‘wh’ questions your voice goes down and so do your eyebrows. It’s easy to remember that way. I hope that helps hearing people. Go ahead and explain…. So, for yes/no questions you raise your eyebrows and for ‘wh’ questions, why, when, where, who, you would lower your eyebrows. So, an easy way to remember is that, hearing people, when we ask yes/no questions your voice goes up. So, ‘do you want to go to the movies? goes up, your eyebrows go up. If you’re asking a ‘wh’ question Like “What’s your name?” your voice would go down. What’s your name? Down So that’s a good way to remember, so he’s trying to give you memory tips. Hello, what’s your name? My name is ______ Nice to meet you. How are you? I’m fine I’m okay are you Deaf? I’m hearing. Are you a teacher? I’m a student. Are you a student too? No, I’m a teacher. I understand. You’re welcome. I don’t understand, can you repeat that. Can you sign slower, please. Can I ask you a question? Thank you. Do you want to eat? What time do you want to eat? Where do want to eat? Okay, so it’s review time. Now what I’m going to do is I’m going to put the sentences up on the screen I want you to try and sign those sentences before Regent shows you how to do them again. Okay, let’s begin. Hello, what’s your name? My name is _______ Nice to meet you. How are you? I’m fine. I’m okay Are you Deaf? I’m hearing. Are you a teacher? I’m a student. Are you a student too? No, I’m a teacher. I understand. You’re welcome I don’t understand, can you repeat that. Can you sign slower. Can I ask you a question? Do you want to eat? What time do you want to eat? Where do you want to eat? Alright guys, thanks for watching. Now, if you’re read for part three, which is the quiz go ahead and take it whenever you are ready. If you’re not quite ready, go back and review the lessons as many times as you want until you do feel comfortable to take that quiz. Alright guys, have a great day. Bye for now!

10 Replies to “1b. Beginner ASL Lesson One Part II: Sentences”

  • So when you use the phrase "Hello, what's your name?", can you interchange between the sign for "you" and "your"? Seem to use both in the video.

  • Hi! I think it would be very helpful if you would have subtitles or dubbing for what exactly is Regent signing while he is explaining something. Lessons would be clearer and picking up parts of the conversation would be an added benefit to our learning process. Thank you and keep up with the good work!

  • Does it matter the sequence of signs? For example, "do you want to eat" is signed, from what I can see, "eat want you." I always signed "you want eat." Thanks!

  • 5:20 & 10:14 are different signs for "Can I ask you a question?" He didn't explain it before, but are there 3 different variations?

  • Having a little trouble figuring out the grammar. I know 4 speaking languages and so far it's like a mix of 2 of them, which doesn't really help ha ha ha. Is there a video explaining the grammar used in ASL? Would really appreciate it. Thank you. 🙂

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