ASL Grammar Without the Frustration Part 1
August 10, 2019
Hi Guys, many of you are learning
sign language for various reasons. I wanted to tell you a story about
a girl who from a very young age, was very driven, very determined
to learn sign language. This was, you know, asylum was caught her eye very early and
was just something she really wants to do. What she studied and learned
all she could. She got dictionaries, read books about people that were deaf, people that were deaf and blind,
um, just learned as much as she could
and any opportunity that she could. And she practiced and she practiced
and she practiced all the time. She was practicing sending when she was
always looking up new signs to learn, always trying to get better and better
and better and I should became a more advanced in her sign language. She
was worried, am I doing this right? I don’t have anybody to practice with.
I don’t know if I’m doing this right. Am I putting the signs together correctly? She didn’t even know that there was
a right way or wrong way to put signs together. It was just like,
Whoa, this is how I speak. Let me just put these words together in
this and the science together in this way and hope for the best.
Right? Cause that makes sense.
English was all she knew. So it came to a point where she
just really wanted to push further, do more and learn more. Make sure that she ever
got the opportunity to
communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing,
using sign language. She wanted to make sure she was
doing it perfectly, doing it right, doing it the best way she
could and not look ridiculous. And so her mother got, since there were no really class options
for this girl’s age and there wasn’t really this widespread
growth of sign language, her mother hired her,
a private tutor. So she would go there and she would learn
and she learned that there was a right way and a wrong way to
put sentences together. And then we’re so much more to sign
language than just knowing the signs and knowing the right word order. And so this girl is love and knowledge
and experience in sign language grew and grew and grew. Now I want you to realize
that knowing signs, like knowing the sign for dog,
knowing the sign for name, knowing the sign for have is only
half of what you need to know. You need to know so much
more than just the science. There’s so much more that goes into it. And I want to talk about that isn’t
that just knowing the science, but you want to have a real
conversation, an easy, natural, enjoyable conversation and you want to
do it the right way and you want to do it without looking foolish. So I want to
talk to you about that right now. Okay? First let me talk about the assignment. Which continuum are you have heard of?
Asl. Asl is over here. I don’t know
if you can see that. And here is, see this is signed exact English. This is like I am.
Go into the store, you’re signing each word. Each sign goes along with
what you would say. Okay? And Asl is not like that at all. It’s
it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s pure language. C is based on English. Well,
ASL is its own language. Okay? So there’s this continuum.
So we’ll have our little rectangle here and let’s see.
Okay. And so in between ASL
and C is called pigeon, okay? The pigeon sign English and a lot. So if you’re not using
correct ASL grammar, you’re gonna fall into the PSE. You’re using some initialized
signs from C and you’re, and you’re using more ASL signs, but
you’re using it more with English grammar. And a lot of us hearing
people tend to be here. We might try and be here
closer on the ASL continuum. And that’s okay. If you’re over
here, you can work your way this way. If you’re in the middle, you can
work your way this way. Okay? So we’re going to talk about ASL
grammar, okay? And there’s many facets. Most people think, Oh, when they think
ASL grammar, thinking just a word order. But that’s not the whole story. Let me talk to you about the ASL model,
The ASL model is first, okay? Your facial expressions,
okay? That’s the first one. Second is your body language. Third Classifiers. Okay. And fourth is your vocabulary.
Okay? So when you are going to be signing, the first thing you want to ask yourself
when you’re trying to communicate is this clear? Is this easy to understand?
And when you’re practicing on your own, on translating your sentences from English
to ASL or practicing on your own or practicing with your friend, when
you’re evaluating yourself, you ask, is this clear? Is this easy to
understand? Because that is ASL. It’s over here. Okay, first up today
we’re going to talk about, so these three, these four things make up ASL. This makes up good ASL, strong
sign language skills, and good, clear, easy communication. Okay,
so today we’re gonna talk about, we’re going to have three videos and I’m, we’re going to be talking a
lot about facial expressions. I know a lot of people will say,
well, they know that they need to work
on their facial expressions, but they think that comes later.
No, it comes now. It’s number one. It’s number one. You can’t just
sign and be dead. Number one. It does make your communication clear.
It does not make it easy to understand. You use your faith not only
to express your emotions, but to actually act as punctuation,
to act as your grammar. You pause or raise your eyebrows would
tilt forward when you’re as if it was a comma. If you’re changing subjects,
are you changing directions? If you’re making a comp, a compound
sentence, you’re gonna pause. You’re going to use your face
to do those things. Okay? So first we’re going to do some
exercises together, alright? To get you used to this concept in union, just start working on your facial
expressions as soon as you start signing, okay?
And hmm. As you build upon it with each thing, as
you build and build and build and build, while learning that sentence structure
and all the things that go into sign language, these four things
that go into sign language, it’s going to be become more natural,
faster. It’s going to become easier, faster, and it will
make sense faster. Okay? So let’s work on the eyes first
because these are so important. Her eyes are so important in signed, like
which, you know, when you’re talking, you’re talking with someone in your both
hearing and you’re both speaking with your voices. It’s so easy to look away,
you know, just to kind of, you know, Oh yeah. You know, look down
while you’re talking to somebody. And while good communication skills in
the hearing world is to make eye contact, it’s easy to let that slide.
However, in the deaf community and deaf culture,
eye contact is so important. You have got to use your eyes and
you use your eyes to convey messages. So enough blabbering.
Let’s talk, let’s do a couple exercises and I have
included down below this video a pdf for you to download that has some practice
sheets that have more exercises that I’m going to be doing. They’ll have
more for you to do on your own. And I urge you to download it. It’s
free, download it and use it today. It’s not long. It’s very
short, quick, easy to do. Okay. But this is all about learning
to use your face. Okay, so we’re starting with the eyes. So let’s
do like, what would you, I think about, what would your eyes do if you’re
watching something going by? Like if you’re sitting here in your chair
and you’re on your porch or something and you see a car drive by, so you
just follow it with your eyes. Right. Let’s do it. Okay. Now, what would you, what would your eyes look like if you’re
looking up at something tall? Like, oh my gosh, this is a huge guy. Walks
in the room. He’s like seven feet tall. You would look up, right? Or if
you’re looking up at a big skyscraper? No. Okay. Or what if it’s super short?
You would looked at, whoa, look down. Okay. Um, are you see something? What? Double take. Okay. Um,
how about, let me think. Oh, what if you’re super
nervous about something? Yeah. Okay. Or if you’re watching a
Ferris wheel, so they’re always, maybe you’re watching your little brother
on the Ferris wheel and he goes down and he goes up and you
guys down and he goes up. Okay. So practice using your eyes when
you’re telling stories. If somebody, if you saw something, you’re gonna use your eyes to show how
you were when you saw something or how that person reacted. Okay.
Now let’s use the face. Okay. Oh, okay. So now we’re going to use
the whole face, not just your eyes. Oh, if you just ate and you’re super full. Oh, oh, oh. You know, it could be anything.
Okay. If you are bored, okay, what if you are falling asleep
ratings? So here’s my book I’m reading, right? Okay. I’m not an actress, but
we can all do that, right? Uh, what did he tastes tasted
something really bad. Oh, okay. Now I, you
know, I’m sure my face is, none of them looked beautiful when
I was doing in my weird faces. But if it’s something you need to let go
of when you’re using sign language and you’re doing your thing,
you might not look pretty. It’s like one of my friend’s
shoes, this jazz singer, she says, if you look pretty what you’re singing,
you’re not doing it right. Okay. So don’t worry about what you look
like when you’re doing sign language. Just use your face.
Okay. That’s important. It’s just as if you’re writing and
you’re using your punctuation. Okay. Um, now let’s talk about our eyebrows. That’s an important part
of your facial expressions. You need to use your eyebrows.
Okay? So if you’re angry, how are your eyebrows looking?
They’re looking name. Great. Now when you’re asking questions,
you’re going to use your eyebrows. Your eyebrows are going to be the
biggest indicator of your question, okay? And the general rule is up for a yes
or no question down for a wh question. Uh, Debbie or a question that requires
a response outside of yes or no. Also, along with that is when
you have a question, sometimes you need to still express a
certain emotion. Okay? So, so it’s not, you can’t really have a hard
and fast rule, yes or no. It was always eyebrows raised.
Okay. That is true in the general sense,
but however, when you are actually trying to be clear
and communicate more than just that question,
you need to show in your eyebrows too. And so it doesn’t always have to be
straight up. Okay. Um, let’s see. So if you’re angry, you know, if you want
to ask somebody a question, you’re angry, are you going, you know, you show with
your eyebrows. If you’re confused, um, I don’t get it. So you’re, you’re going to show your confused.
Okay. So let’s see. So when you sign, you don’t always have to
have like question mark. I’m going to ask you a question or what
or who or where or when or why or how. You also can just sign it and ask.
Okay. So go. I have one side and I can ask a question. One sign I got to go. I’m concerned.
Are you going to go to sleep? Sleep. Did you sleep well, it could be
anything. Sleep, one word, one sign. And I raised my eyebrows and it’s
a question. Okay, another one. Okay.
What about this one? Okay. All right. Now here, let’s do two works. Are you going to the store? Do you want a drink?
How about a three word sentence? You can share your candy. I
hope so. I Love Candy. Okay. So that is just the first part of what
you need to practice when you’re trying to sign clearly and effectively
and naturally and have
an awesome conversation. You’ve got to start using that
face of yours. Download the, um, download the PDF that I’ve
included for you and I get to it. It’s very short.
Use Your eyes, use your face and then practice
your questioning eyebrows. Okay? And then come back, I’ve got, um, the next video is going to give you even
more of what you can do to begin your journey towards having excellent grammar, excellent natural and
enjoyable conversations in
sign language with anybody. All right, please comment down
below. Ask me your questions. What is, what is, so what is the
hardest part for silent would with you? What are you most want
to know about grammar? You can’t just say [inaudible]
everything cause I know you want to learn everything. I get it. I totally
get it. I was totally there. I want you to learn everything.
I want you to have grammar down. What is the hardest part or grammar,
especially with these four things. What are you, what is the hard part? Okay. Let me know what you’ve struggled with
so I can address them in the coming videos. Okay. And I’ll see you later.
Download the PDF and get to practicing, and we’ll talk the next time. Okay. Bye.