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5b. Beginner ASL Lesson Five Part II: Sentences


Hi everyone, Laura Berg here, so this is
part 2 of lesson 5. If you haven’t done part 1 make sure you go back and do
that because that teaches you the words that you need for this lesson. Alright,
let’s begin. Do you live in a house or apartment? I live in a house. If I ask you, “Do you live in a house or an apartment?” You would reply with just ‘house.’ Do you want me to explain to them? So, if you’re asked if you live in a
house an apartment you would just reply ‘house’ you wouldn’t say “I live in a house” You don’t have to repeat what was already asked No point in repeating. Do you have a car? No, I have a bike. My kitchen has a table, microwave,
refrigerator, oven and stove. Does your house have a basement? My living room has two windows, a
fireplace, couch, two chairs, a TV and a white carpet. If you’re explaining how your kitchen, bedroom, washroom, garage or whatever looks like You use specific hand shapes Let me give you an example, you would use your flat hand for things like table bed rug You would use your flat hand and place it where the thing you are describing is located in the room. This hand-shape is used for things like Fridge stove microwave dresser shower Another hand shape is this one, used for things like chairs rocking chair couch which way you hold your hand depends on where the item is in the room. You use classifiers (hand shapes) to describe
things in a room. First, say what the item is ‘chair’ and then place it ‘rug’ then place it ‘table’ then place it can I explain? Explain ‘topic’ first and then place it
where it is in the room. So, when you’re explaining a room you use hand shapes. So, for things like a carpet or a bed or or a table you would use this
kind of hand. Or a window like that right, so a picture And then, like this like for
refrigerator, TV, stove, dresser, things like that.
think of this shape and then things like chairs you would put so that you’re
showing where they are so use those different hand shapes to set up the room
like when you’re describing your room you’re showing what it looks like. First, whatever you’re talking about, the ‘topic’ you would say what that is and your eyebrows would go up ‘chair’ (topic – eyebrows up)
then place it in the room. ‘table’ (topic – eyebrows up)
then place it ‘shelves’
place it eyebrows up when talking about topic then place… So, first you say the topic of what
you’re saying so ‘chair’ and you would raise your eyebrows ‘chair’ and then you
would place it. ‘table’ place it. My house has an attic. I have one bathroom with a shower and
bathtub and one with only a toilet and sink. I have 1 and a 1/2 bathrooms. My house has a garage at the side, four
bedrooms and two bathrooms. Here’s a tip for you You just signed, my house has a garage and then you put your hands down while you were thinking that means that you are finished When you’re signing and you’re thinking,
keep your hands up. For example, “My house has a garage (pause to think)… …four bedrooms, two bathrooms.” See what I mean? You don’t sign ‘my house has a garage’ and then put your hands down to think… 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms. don’t do that. Okay? Explain to them. So, when you’re signing, if you’re signing
a sentence, don’t put your hands down in between your thoughts so ‘house garage’
and then I put my hands down. And then, I did ‘four bedrooms’ so,
even if you pause, keep your hands up. If you’re thinking about something you can move your hand a little bit like this… ‘My house has a garage’ umm (thinking) … 4 bedrooms… umm… that’s fine. It’s not fine to drop your hands down. Okay? When you walk into my house through the door my bedroom is the first room on the left. It has a bed, closet and night table with a light. Alright, it’s review time. So, now I’m
going to put the sentences up on the screen and what I want you to do is see
if you remember how to sign them before Regent shows you them again. Okay, let’s begin. Do you live in a house or apartment? I live in a house. Do you have a car? No, I have a bike. My kitchen has a table, microwave,
refrigerator, oven and stove. Does your house have a basement? My living room has two windows, a fireplace, couch,
two chairs, a TV and a white carpet. My house has an attic. I have one bathroom with a shower and
bathtub and one with only a toilet and sink. My house has a garage at the side,
four bedrooms and two bathrooms. When you walk into my house through the door my bedroom is the first room on the left. It has a bed, closet and night table with a light. Alright guys, well I hope you enjoyed
that lesson. Now, if you’re ready and confident to move on to the quiz, please do so.
If you’re not quite ready you can go back and review the lessons as many times as
you like before moving on to part 3 and taking that quiz. Alright guys, have a great day, bye!

2 Replies to “5b. Beginner ASL Lesson Five Part II: Sentences”

  • Hi! I’ve been following along with your lessons. They’ve been very helpful, but I’ve noticed that there are a lot of vocabulary words in the sentence portions that you never previously go over. For example, in this video, “live, walk in, first, left.” There are always a handful (no pun intended lol) of words in the lessons that I have to kind of figure out myself. But thank you for all you are doing! I’ve learned so much in the past week or so

  • Hi Laura! I am really liking these lessons, but I was wondering, if there's a chance you could perhaps tell us what Regent explained during the last sentence? There's a couple of unknown words within the last sentence anyway (night stand, door walk inside), and it gets a little tricky when there's no subtitles so if there's no trouble, could you please explain us now? Many many thanks for what you do <3

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