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ASL Grammar Without the Frustration Part 2


Hey guys, thank you so much
for watching the first video, getting the practice sheets,
your comments and your questions. It really makes my heart happy to see
you guys learning sign language and doing so well with it and really
loving it like I do. If you missed the first video on ASL
grammar without frustration, part one, we talked a little bit about a story
of a girl learning sign language and we talked about the ASL model
and namely facial expressions. We talked about how facial expressions
aren’t just for making your signing look pretty and for being expressive. You use facial expressions to be
expressive, but to make your picture, your message clear and easy to understand. We use facial expressions with our
grammar. Okay? It’s so important. I know you guys all want
to know about grammar. Do you want to not only know the signs
that you want to know how to put them together and so facial expressions
is where you start. Okay, now I want to finish that story first.
Now. We ended with that story
of the girl wanting to know
how to put those signs that she was learning in the correct order
to and to know if she was actually doing what she know, signing clearly like if she could be
understood and most importantly if she can understand someone’s signing to her. And so her mother graciously hired that
private tutor for her because there was no other option at that time
and that there’s so much
more to signing assignment. Just knowing the sign on the dictionary, she was brought from a dictionary signer
to an authentic signer and what was really cool was just shortly after she
had been in her private lessons for quite awhile. She went ice skating one weekend and
she happened to meet a girl who was deaf and signed and it was so cool she got to
sign with her and she not only was able to sign with a girl that she was easily
able to understand what the girl was assigned to her and it just lit her up. She knew this was a defining moment for
her sign language was meant for her. She was meant for sign language and it
was so amazing to be able to communicate with someone else and them with her in
this fantastic and beautiful and powerful language and it carried her through. She was able to meet with that girl
several times and meet a new friend and they’re in her ties to the deaf community
during her middle school years and then she had classes in her high school. She made friends at learned sign
language and that were deaf as well. She went on to college and signed and
she interpreted for friends and she had many, many interpreting opportunities in
schools and events and to talk to people. She began to teach people sending
and obviously the girl’s amazing. I want to answer a few
questions that were asked now. Tiaa asked us a question
about sentence structure. She said in the last video I signed store
go and she was wondering why would I put store then go, wouldn’t I say go to then store rather
than store go to and it’s just like, is this just for questions or
is this also for statements? So I wanted to clear that up. Tia. Yes,
and I hope I’m saying your name correctly. Yes. This is ASL grammar. It
is different from English. You would say store.
Go. Now let me break it
down to make it easier. Now when you have your
sentences in sign language, you say time topic, comment. Okay, let me get my marker and I’ll write it on
the board for you. Okay, so you go time plus topic
plus comment or you can think of it as action
or you can go topic plus comment. Sorry. It’s sloppy. Okay, so when I’m saying I’m
going to go to the store, my topic is store.
My comment is go store, go. Now I think it was a
statement. I always say store. Go. Since it was a question in the
previous video, it was store go. Now this is Hawaii. Facial expressions are
important for ASL grammar. If I was just a statement, I keep my face neutral because it’s
a question I’m raising my eyebrows, I’m leaning forward and I’m pausing.
I’m looking intently at you. Now you might think, why am I not
signing you or go to the store? Why am I not adding all of these words? If you think about it
in the English language, we have the understood you statements.
If I said get Outta here, you know that the implied you is there,
I’m talking to you. Get out of here.
Now if I was talking to Billy over here, I’d say get Outta here. You know I’m saying you could get out
of here rather than you get out of here and has the same assignment, which
is kind of an implied. You still go, go my eyebrows,
my pausing, my leaning forward is all indicating
are you going to the store? Okay,
so that’s important to remember. So I have lots of videos in ASL done
right course and in my other videos and on my blog that talks about ASL grammar
and sentence structure. It’s this, it’s quite a bit to it. Okay. Don’t
get discouraged by me saying that, but to break it down, go topic,
comment. There’s time involved. Like if it’s something you’re gonna do, you have done or you’re going to do now
that you want to emphasize that you’re doing now you add the time
to the beginning of the
sentence or the beginning of the topic.
Now we’re going to get into the ASL model. We went over ASL model one number one,
a facial expressions. This time we’re going to talk
about body language. Okay? No body language is so important
to think about your favorite book. That book you just totally just dove
into it just totally captured you. That movie, your favorite movie to watch
of all time that play that you love, the audio book that you love to listen to, what is drawing you and think about it.
What is drawing and truly, but really think about what is bringing
them into that story. The characters, the people,
not just the characters and who they are, but what they’re doing,
how they’re expressing it. You know that what makes a good actor
and actress is not them just saying their lines or just, Oh, they’re supposed
to be drinking tea right now. It’s how they’re doing it.
You know? I’m sure you’ve heard that body language
and facial expressions are a huge component of spoken languages all over
the world, and especially with English. And it’s even more so important.
And Simon, which no one’s gonna know you’re angry, no one’s going to know that you’re
scared, you’re nervous, you’re excited, you’re upset,
you’re frustrated, you’re done unless you’re
showing it with your face, unless you’re portraying
it with your body. So I want you to remember that it’s so
important that you do it and that you try to incorporate it, corporate
it from the beginning. Okay? So we’re going to go over, we’re going to do a couple exercises
to practice our body language. Now in the practice sheets I’m going to
have down below this video for you to download are going to give you
even more to do on your own. Okay? Just take a couple and do them. You don’t
have to do them all in one go. Okay, so let’s practice
different ways of walking. So let’s say that we
have a heavy backpack on. How would we walk with a heavy
backpack? That con, well, let’s grab our backpacks and put
them on. Oh, and a little bit too. But mine is really heavy in the
back with a lot of textbooks. Oh, I’m just gonna walk
here. Cool. Oh my gosh. It’s heavy. Okay. Now
what if I was pregnant, big and pregnant? How do have
you seen a pregnant woman walk? Have you been pregnant and
remembered how you walk by kids? So I know that I walk differently
when I’m huge. I’m pregnant. It’s going to be like this wattle.
Okay. And I probably get a hold my
belly because that’s how I do it. And I’m just going to lower my center of
gravity and I’m going to be walking lot like, oh, okay, what if I was going to
jump over something? Oh, I see something. Oh, oh junk. Okay. And you don’t actually
have to jump when you’re signing, you know? Well, oh no. Oh, it was just
a, Oh, it’s a little pansy jumbo. Okay, so there you go.
Now let’s talk about characters. I’m going to be a weightlifter
and I remember I’m not an actress, I never happened and I probably never will
be. So let’s just say, who cares, right? Who cares if you look goofy,
you public going to be nervous doing this. I know I’m nervous doing this for my
camera. I’m all by myself or my camera, but I know all of these people are
going to be watching this video and go, oh my gosh, he’s such a Dork. That’s
okay. You’re going to be nervous. But when you’re in the middle of that
conversation and you’re totally excited about it and you’re totally having fun,
you’re not going to worry about that. That’s going to be the furthest thing
from your mind because you’re going to be told so into the conversation is
going to be awesome. So that aside, let’s be weight lifters together.
So I’m to fuck it. Yeah, I’m Super Cocky, right? I’m going to lift up this bar bell cause
I’m like, dude, that’s so, so light. I’m just going to pick it up. Okay.
Okay. I Dunno how weight lifters actually act. If you’re a weight lifter and
I offended you, I apologize. I just being the cliche way looked her.
Okay. Now what if I was a busy secretary? Oh, okay. I’m dinking around on my
computer answering call on Duncan. I’m typing furiously away,
looking through files. I’m answering calls and at the same
time I’m going to be super busy. Okay, so when you’re thinking about when you
get that practice sheet and you’re going to be that character, I want you to
think almost like you are an actor. How is that person going to act?
What is our body language going to show? You know, that weight lifter,
I mean, is it going to be
big, you know, and you know, oh up in your face or are they going to
be timid or they’re going to be kind of like, oh, Lanky, I don’t care. Or they can print them proper,
you know, think about it, you know, just oh little snotty girl
or whatever, you know, or anything. Just think I had that person show it. If I just wanted to show that person just
with my body, you know, or just my face. How would you be getting
to that person’s head? What could you show that would be that
person just with your face or just with this shift in your body? How could you show being that
person or what that person’s doing? Now we’re going to put facial expressions
and body language together into shifting. Now shifting is when you move your
body to suggest more than one person or object or idea. Okay? Use it in
grammar. You use it in stories, you use it in making your message clear.
The main question you’re gonna ask is the picture or the message? Clear and easy
to understand. Always when you’re trying to put
sentences together and signed them, which when you’re trying to
deliver a message, the assignment, I think to yourself,
is it clear and easy to understand? And you know you’re golden. So shifting brings an extra level
clarity and ease to your message. It makes it so the DA. If you’re sharing a story about
two people or three people or more, it makes it so that it doesn’t get
lost. You’re not like, well, we know. You know when you read a story from
someone that’s not really strong writer or you’re hearing stories
I telling you and her, they get those their pronouns mixed
up and you’re like no. Who said that? Was it he or she or was it, it
will. Who, who actually said it. And you get confused about
what they’re talking about. Shifting takes that out of sign language. It makes it so you’re
not going to be confused. It’s very clear and you almost wish that
they had this insight in English. No. Two ways to do shifting
if you’re sitting down, cause remember you’re not always going
to be standing when you’re signing, when you’re sitting down, you’re just
going to be moving your shoulders. You’re not moving your hips to
just moving your shoulders. Okay? Now if you’re standing, you’re just going to shift your
weight from one foot to the other. And that’s naturally gonna Shift
your hips and your shoulders. So shift shift with shifting. You can do to people to objects or
ideas or thoughts or three or four. Yeah. Now what I really recommend going over
that cause it can be confusing. Now, if you’re going to do that, you need to make sure that you’re very
clear with your shifting and if you’re talking about people, you’re very clear with your body language
and facial expressions in showing and conveying that character for today. I don’t want you to stress
about three and four people. I want you to just think about too,
okay? So we’re going to do to people, and I’ve got this silly dialogue that
I’ve just thrown together for you and I want you to see who am I.
You may not know the signs. I tried to keep pretty simple. You
may not know the signs. That’s okay. Just try and figure out who I am and
we’ll talk about it after I do it. Okay? All right, let’s go. Sorry, my, my little, little things right there
behind the camera so I can see. So I don’t forget what I’m supposed
to be sending them a story. It’s not really that
complicated, but whatever. Okay? Okay. Okay. I’m not an actress. Okay. Who was I? Who was a little kid begging
his mother for ice cream. Now how do you show that?
I was a little kid. I looked up and I even kind of bent back. I looked up at my mom and I thought
I challenged my five children. How would they beg me for ice
cream? Well, how would they beg me, please can I have ice cream? And what does big mean
mom do not that your main, if you say you can’t have ice cream,
I’m looking down, I’m being more stern, more final with my signs.
And as I went through, I showed that mom was getting a little
upset and kid was getting super upset and Oh really wanted. I kept signing up and at
the end I was resigned to, oh, I couldn’t get it. Hang my head. And I have a three year old that
actually does that. He goes, oh. And walks off like that and it
is hysterical and it’s like, oh, I have to hide that. I’m laughing. So
it’s fun. Kids actually do do that. I thought it was just in cartoons. Now in the practice download that I
have underneath this video, this free, I’ve got more. I’ve got two more
dialogues for you to use on your own. Now, you may not know the signs for those
dialogues. If you know the science, just try your best and do it. If you
don’t know him, try your best. Now, if you really don’t know the signs, you
don’t have to say, oh, I just can’t do it. You can still do it even if you don’t
know the science. Okay, I promise. How are you going to do it
if you don’t know the signs? There’s going to be a
dialogue between two people. You’re going to show how
that person would act. What is their body language and their
facial expressions doing when they’re speaking that specific line
and switch practice shifting, shifting and be that person for each line.
Even if it’s just for a second, you’re showing how are they going to act. You could even do some a little
bit charades if you really want to, but I really want you to just practice
shifting your body and I want you use your face and your body to convey
that those characters. Okay, so you don’t need to know the
science to do the practice. Okay. I’ve talked enough. I’m so
excited. Please. When you’re
done watching this video, get grabbed the download. It’s free. He
just click on the link, grab the download. Okay.
Then I want you to ask your questions. What questions do you have about
Asl Grammar or ASL in general? Ask me because I’ll be answering it in
the upcoming video that we’d go over more of the ASL model and
answering your questions. Hey, and then I want you to share that moment, that first moment that just
really lit you up. It got you. So excited to learn sign language. What was it that made you want to learn
sign language or what was it that one time where you signed something and use
that? Yes, I’ve got to keep doing this. This isn’t the best. This is
for me. This is home. Okay. Share with us what you love about sending, which in that first moment what
was happening? What did you think? What were you feeling?
What? What was it that made that
turned you on to sign language? I would love to know it.
I would love to know what. Thank you so much for
spending your time with me. I really hope that this is helping
you take out that overwhelming, that frustration with learning
grammar for sign language. It really is it going to be so hard when
you start doing a little bit at a time now. Okay, so go lock
yourself in your bathroom, grab your practice sheets and it just
you and your mirror and sign and just get into it.
Just be a kid again. Just get into it and don’t worry about
who’s watching you or not watching you. I’m not going to be in there over
your shoulder telling you that’s lame. That’s not how a cowboy would act.
Just have fun with it settling, which is so much fun. And I want you to have fun and I don’t
want you to be overwhelmed anymore. So come back and look for a
video three coming up soon. Okay, I’ll talk to you guys later.
Bye.

61 Replies to “ASL Grammar Without the Frustration Part 2”

  • Thank you for these grammar lessons! I looked over the practice sheet and can't wait to get practicing and acting as characters!

  • I recently started back to school to get my interpreting degree. Love to watch these videos to help me. Thank you for posting them!

  • The moment that I knew I had to keep signing was when I was able to hold a conversation with my friend who's also learning ASL and no-one around us knew what we were saying. She was annoyed with the behavior of another person in the room, so she started angrily ranting to me in sign language, and we both thought it was so cool that we could say whatever we needed to despite the situation we were in. That being said, she and I were definitely signing back and forth in SEE rather than true ASL, but that's exactly why I'm watching this video. 🙂

  • Please add proper closed captions to your videos. I am hard of hearing in my left ear and this video isn't very loud

  • This helps!!!! I'm like u I'm just fascinated with the language and feel I want to learn and hope ply get close to being very clear

  • My friend was deaf and taught a group of friends and I a little bit. I actually signed a first name basis conversation with him and it was so cold! I wanted to learn the actual grammar because he told me I was signing PSE and not ASL. I'm making a channel based off of sign language too but I want to learn the grammar more before I continue and this is helpful!

  • Thanks for another great video! You're a good teacher. I wish you were still making videos like this, but I see you haven't posted any new videos for awhile. 🙁

  • People were talking about me in ASL at a place I was working at. I am tired of not knowing ASL so I am learning it to find out what people are saying. I would also like to be able to speak with the deaf community.

  • In answer to your question about what got people interested in sign. When I was a small child my best friend had a baby brother. I saw some people outside their house when the baby got a little older and they were signing. (I realize now this is probably around the time they discovered he was Deaf). In my little alpha wave childhood brain I remember thinking that they were communicating in a secret code. And I wanted to know that code, I wanted to be included. Because I was over at my friend's house across the street about every waking hour, I learned to communicate with the little boy along with my friend and her family. When I started school our family moved around alot because of my Dad's job. We always ended up at schools with a Deaf education program. (Lucky me) I was always the new kid and other kids can be mean when you transfer in middle of year. So I found myself making friends most easily with students who are Deaf on the play ground. They did not shun me for being the new kid. The friends I made who were Deaf accepted me immediately without being mean at all. I guess in addition to wanting to be in on the "secret code" getting to know people I was around when I was little is what got me so motivated to learn sign language at such a young age.

  • I am an student actress in an advanced class and when your acting you can't worry about if you look stupid or weird or like a crazy person you have to focus on how to get your message across as your character through faces and movements you explained this very well thank you for sharing this

  • For as long as I can remember, my mom has taught us a few sign language words (more, food, water, etc.). I always like it. In the 5th grade, a bunch of my friends and I decided to learn the alphabet so that we could communicate during the long hours after standardized testing that we were required to be silent. Knowing only letters, communicating anything took quite a bit of time, but we had a lot of fun.

    I've always wanted to learn ASL, but I think that desire was reiterated when I attended a convention that had ASL interpreters off to the side of all of the main events. My eyes were drawn to them, and I really enjoyed watching them sign and really act out what was being said on stage. I love watching people sign, and it has inspired me to learn to do so as well 🙂

  • you are so awesome at teaching! you have helped me understand my asl grammar so much more. I can't wait to get back to school and meet up with my deaf friend so I can practice more. i am self taught and its been hard to find videos on good asl grammar. thanks a lot for that. i subbed.

  • In my ELA class we were working in groups and I noticed that the deaf student hadn't joined a group yet. I asked him if he wanted to join my group and he did. We became really good friends and we texted a lot, but there was still a language barrier. On my birthday he gave me a present and he went back across the room, and when he looked back, i signed thank you. I was really scared at how he would react, but as soon as i signed it his face lit up and he mouthed you're welcome. It was that moment that i knew i wanted to learn the language.

  • Ok you are doing a good thing to help non-deaf people to learn how to do ASL You claim that all the videos on here aren't right to teach non deaf people how to ASL. There are people here on Youtuve that are done by deaf people so I am sure they know, also why can't you do sign language while your talking in this video if you are as good as any one else on here. You have not convince me enough to buy your course. Thank you anyways.

  • Love these videos! I went to a class with my mom when I was in elementary school and have loved sign language ever since. It's one language I feel confident learning because of the movement… I'm hoping to incorporate it in my instruction when I start teaching elementary school.

  • If I wanted to sign, "I really want to go to school", would I sign… School-really-want-to go? I'm still trying to understand the grammar for sentences that don't only contain one topic and comment.

  • thanks, appreciate it too.

    The introductions to the videos take too long though.

    good job though, ever grateful.

  • Thank you so much for these videos! I'm getting more informed with your videos rather then my ASL classes. I appreciate your videos and worksheets.

  • what caught my heart? Seeing the power of ASL together with music… yeah, I know… lots of discussion around music and sign, but that's my story. Two very powerful communicators.

  • thank you for your encouraging spirit. This is so helpful. I struggle with my spacing. I was told I was rocking too much. How can I get the point that I am identifying another role without making it too abrupt or confusing

  • I wish I had found your videos earlier Rochelle! But now I will a better understanding of the grammar rules of ASL because of them. I am taking an ASL 3 course this summer and have done poorly because I have found the grammar piece confusing but you have made it so much more accessible. I do have a question though. I am still having a really hard time reading fingerspelled words. In my course, my instructor was awesome but we did 60 hours in three weeks and I thought the acceleration of the class would help because it was so in depth but, I am still lost because of the speed in which he fingerspelled the words. I was wondering if you had any suggestions to help me in recognizing words more quickly.

  • this was awesome and such a huge help, i recently finish asl 101 but i have a bad habit of signing English and this was very helpful.

  • thank you so much, this amazing and so helpful. i can't wait to practice with my husband and see if he can tell what I am saying. It's like I have to channel all the games of charades I have played, but step it up so I can add the signs and make in conversational and not just a game. I have wanted to learn for so long, but let life get in the way. That ends now. ASL here I come.

  • Rochelle, I was watching a video of Bill Vicars teaching & he didn't seem to have change sentence structure. Please, can you help me understand why a deaf man teaches different? I love your teachings. Thank you.

  • I read that it takes years to become fluent and it kinda made me un encouraged so I'm trying twice as hard and learning as much as I can so I can be fluent through hs

  • Five children? 15:07 Wow I was right, that was full on 'mommy mode' in your other video! lol Some things you just can't fake. lol

  • Love your videos! I work with an ASL interpreter and I'm now somewhat obsessed with the lang! I love ur vids and I can't wait to explore this awesome new way of communicating!!!

  • Thank you for these videos! They are great. I first wanted to learn to sign at about 9 years old. There was a deaf girl about my age in my church and I saw her signing with her mom. But her mom and dad were both involved in the church service, so she would end up sitting alone and reading or doodling the whole time. I decided that I would learn to sign so that I could talk to her and we could sit together at church. I bought a book and taught myself to say, "Hi, my name is Tricia. I want to learn Sign Language. Will you help me?" She was so excited!! Her face lit up and she hugged me! We became the best of friends and the rest is history. I am so sad to say that Nadine was diagnosed with cancer and passed away at the very young age of 25. I miss her so much!! Just a few weeks ago, I saw an Instagram video on signing and that re-sparked my interest. I'm refreshing myself and really getting into ASL grammar, sentence structure, etc. Thank you for all you do!!

  • I started learning sign language because I noticed my now best friend (who is hearing) was signing to people and no one understood her. I decided I wanted to learn so she could have someone to sign with, little did I know how quickly I’d fall in love with the language. It’s nice being able to communicate with someone across the room or when you’re in a quiet situation. On top of that, not long after I started learning I thought I was loosing my hearing, and that motivated me to learn more quickly. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, but I still strive to learn more. Thank you for making these videos!

  • what if you're rusty with your vocabulary skills? if you mean to say thank you and your say fuck you it will hurt someone or even insult them!

  • How would you determine whether I’m telling someone to go to the store, or saying that I’m going to the store, when I use the sentence “store go”

  • I'm so glad I managed to find this video! I was having trouble understanding facial expressions, body language and especially sentences. Thank you so much for all the workbooks. At least now I can do a lot of practice using the workbook. Your videos are very inspirational!!

  • You may not think you'd be a good actor/actress but watching this video lol, I would totally invite you to play Dungeons and Dragons =P lol

  • I’ve never had one of those “lightening moments” I just kinda wanted to. I have photographic memory, so I though why not.

  • Such a great teacher. Everyone who is learning ASL should really watch this series. I loved your ice cream story it was an amazing example!

  • I love these videos so much! They’re so helpful! I started wanting to learn asl when I was really little when I would watch this signing show for kids. Then the show got canceled and I got off of asl for a while, but then I read a book where one of the main characters best friends was deaf and I started thinking “asl would be really fun to learn!”

  • I've always admired asl and wanted to learn but just brushed it off bc I was a kid. And now I'm so determined to learn asl because I get scared about talking and wanted an easier way to communicate. And recently I learned my uncle had a deaf friend he played football with and he would give him the signs and told him all the play and thats encouraging me to learn asl even more so thank you for these really healpfull videos 🙂

  • I found a YT channel that signed songs and it looked cool so I tried copying them and I liked it so I wanted to learn

  • For me, I wanted to learn ASL just about half a year ago when I watched a show including deaf people. And then, as I was watching that show, I just saw what a beautiful language it was (and always will be) and that's when I knew that I wanted to learn sign language.

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