ASL Grammar Without The Frustration Part 3
August 27, 2019
I’m so excited. Thank you so much for watching the
first two videos of his grammar. Without frustration.
I’m super excited to do the series. I know many of you are trying to do ASL
grammar being better at it and it can be so overwhelming and you’re just like,
oh, I can’t do this and
signed at the same time. How am I ever supposed to think about
grammar when I was concentrating so hard on signing? And so I want to
take that away from you guys. I want you guys to just naturally
build upon it so it’s so much easier. So on the first video I talked about
my story and how I learned something, which you’re not just learning the
dictionary science, but also, um, learning how to sign authentically and
naturally and have conversations with those in the deaf community. And we talked about facial expressions
and how facial expressions are so important for your grammar.
They’re not just for expression. You need them to indicate whether it’s
a question, whether it’s statement, whether it’s negative or positive, differentiate between
people and objects on ideas. It’s so important and you can’t neglect
learning it. In the second video, we talked about body language and
how vital body languages to grammar, especially in the role of
shifting and what that means. Now, if you missed the first two videos,
it’s not too late. Go back and watch the first two videos
and there’s free downloads for practice sheets for you to use so that you can
implement it right away so you don’t lose it and so you can practice it in
your regular ASL practice time. All right, now before we get onto
the next part of the ASL grammar, I wanted to answer some questions. Now Melissa asks a good
question about mouth movements. She’s wondering, is this an
Oh, is this correct? Are you
supposed to be doing this? Is there a right way and a wrong way to
do it? Well, so you’re absolutely correct. There is a right way and
a wrong way to do it. The wrong way to do it would be to mouth
every single word you’re signing, like you don’t want to do that. No.
Why? What’s so wrong with it? I guess like technically it’s not wrong. Why is it not a good thing for you to do?
Number one, if you’re speaking and signing at the
same time you’re speaking two languages at the same time, one of them is going to suffer and it’s
going to be your sign language because you’re stronger in your spoken language. Then you are suddenly which unless sign
language is your native language and if it is, you’re probably not watching
this video. Turn your mouth off. It’s so important.
Number two, the reason is if you and another hearing
person or another person that’s just learning sign language are signing to
each other in your mouth, in the words, where are your eyes going to be? Your
eyes aren’t going to be at their hands. You might see them like
under your peripheral, but you’re going to be
watching that mouth. You’re going to be using it as a
crutch and I don’t want to do that. It’s going to slow down
your progress of signing. It’s not going to help you or stop you,
but it will slow you down. But let me tell you the
correct way to use it. There’s a thing mouth morphemes with an
m morphemes and it is the correct way to use your mouth and using sign language.
It’s another layer of grammar. It’s typically an advanced skill. Actually have quite a bit of videos of
this in the and my ASL course in the second level that hasn’t come out yet.
Um, that we go on this because
it is an advanced level, but I want to talk about it a little
bit now. How do you use it correctly? There’s a couple of ways
you can use it correctly. You may have seen me use
it when I introduced, when I do question where it’s like,
who? I’m not saying who, when I sign it, like if I’m regular sign,
I go, sometimes I’m just
puffing air on my finger now if you’re indicating size
or something, the Cha Cha, you can make that. A lot of people
will make that sound. Ch, ch, ch you indicating it’s big.
It’s huge. It’s tall. Large. Okay. And if it’s small, what do
you think your mouth is going to do? It’s going to go in tiny,
tiny. You’re going to be pinched in.
If you know that the ASL Adm Oyc, you know the mouth more famous this, you stick that bottom labelle and you
do that. Oh Buh Buh Buh Buh Buh Buh. I see another one for no
problem as another ESL idiom, you’re going to buzz your lips. Now there’s tons of mouth more fames
and there’s right ways and wrong ways to use them,
but I wanted you to know now that yes, there is a correct way of mounting and
there was an incorrect way of mounting. Your number one goal right now
would be to not speak or you sign. Okay? That’s what you need to work on and then
as you get a little more comfortable we can add in the mouth. Morphemes another question that
I’ve been asked by a ton of people, they want help with their finger spelling
and not just with finger spelling, but receptive, being able to read it
when someone is finger spelling to them. So I wanted to give
you some tips for that. Now when someone is finger
spelling a word to you, the most important thing
you can do is sound it out. Sound out the word. Don’t go see a t. Do not go see a t go act kept.
Now, it might be hard to do
this at the beginning. Push through it and sometimes I’ve even
suggested to some people in our practice group, even if you know
what their finger spelling, just watch the video over
and over again in practice. Sounding it out until you’re
comfortable sounding it out. And this, just like reading,
I know I have a couple of videos on this, but this is the most
important thing for you to do. It will advance your receptive
skills so much faster, so much more consistently
in so much easier without, we want to rewind and rewind and rewinding
and getting so frustrated that you can’t even recognize the
letters that they’re signing. That was a quick tip for finger spelling.
Receptive work sounded out, and I’m going to say it
until I die, sounded out of
my head. The amaa headstone, some ASL practice tips for you.
Now. There’s a lot of things that I see
common in those that are learning sign language. They do so well.
They’re so eager to learn and
that’s awesome. I love it. The only thing that they’re not paying
attention to is if they’re signing the sign absolutely correctly. You’ve got almost all of it,
but they’re missing just a little bit. Let me show you a variation of a sign.
Here’s one. Okay, now here’s another variation.
Do you see the difference? Okay, which one is correct? This
one. This is the sign for work work. This is not the same for work, but I see this a lot risk together.
Absolutely not. You got to keep that hand down. Now,
there are some parameters for silent, which I won’t get into them
right now because it’s, oh, it’s a whole nother lesson.
I have other videos on it, but there’s palm orientation
location on your body, handshake movement and other things.
Okay, but you’ve got to make sure with
each sign that you’re learning. Do I have the handshake correct?
Am I placing it in the right way? Is My palm facing the right way? Both of
them. If both of your hands are involved, am I doing the movement correctly?
For instance, you could do this or you could do this.
Which one is correct? The swirl. This is the sign for
Washington. If you go like this, it’s gonna be confusing. It might
take people over a minute to say, oh, I think she means Washington.
And it also could mean other things. So make sure you swirl it. Okay? Make
sure you’ve got the movement correct. These are very important things. How are you going to catch these mistakes
or these little tweaks that you’re going to need to make?
Use Your Mirror. Take the video that you’re watching on
your tablet, your phone, your computer, and if you can have a mirror, watch
the video, pause it, sign it. Um, are you matching the video?
Okay. Another fantastic way of doing
this is videoing yourself. Even if you never delete
it right after you’re done, video yourself before you delete it,
watch it, and then watch the video of the sign
and look at the picture and say, is this the same? Is this different? Okay. And you can see those little tweaks.
Now in our practice group, there’s a lot of people, they put the videos up and they do a
fantastic job and I gave him a little bit of feedback and then watch the video
and they go, oh my gosh, I did see, I didn’t see that before.
I didn’t realize it. There’s so many times you think you’re
doing it right and then you see yourself or you see yourself in the mirror
and go, oh, that’s not, you know, you could be signing w I with your thumb
out and it might look like a y and you know,
I need to bring my fun. Then you could be finger spelling sideways
and not even realize it and go, oh, I do need turn my hand out.
Just a little tweaks like that. So be sure you’re using
that mirror using the video. I do that all the time for myself and
I’ve been signing for over 20 years. So I’m telling you it’s a fantastic tool.
Fantastic tool. Now let’s go on to ASL grammar. Now we’ve
talked about Senate structure. Okay. So I’m gonna walk you through this,
okay? Because I think this is important and
it can be a tricky concept and I’m actually gonna use some of the sentences
that some of the people from the practice group have put up. Let me
write down the sentence structure. Okay. I’ve written down the Senate structure
time plus topic plus comment. Now a lot of times you might not
have a sentence that has time in it, so you just go topic plus comment and
you don’t have to worry about the time. But if it is important for the message
that you’re sending, that you’re sending, excuse me, it’s not Morse
code at in time. Okay? So I’ve written down some
sentences that we can go over. I’m going to leave this up and let’s go
over it together so you can see how it’s done. So the sentences, did
you go to class yesterday? Did you go to class yesterday?
So what is the time in that sentence? Did you go to class yesterday?
Yesterday is the time. Okay. And now when you’re writing
a sign language to make
sure you’re all caps, okay? Yesterday is the time.
Now what’s the topic? Did you go to class yesterday? It’s
not you, it’s not go and it’s not dead. It’s class. And then the comment.
So what’s gonna, what’s gonna? It’s kind of like the adjective to
class. What goes with that? You Go, okay. And you can add the
question mark. So that would go, you would sign it like this
yesterday class you go. Or if you even go like this,
go like that. It’s like how I said in video two
it’s kind of an understood you. So you could say, yeah. Now
let’s do sentence number two. I went to see the doctor last week. So the time is last week. Okay. Okay. And I went to see the
doctor last week. What is, what is the main idea of that sentence?
Doctor? So doctor, I go, no, you have the, the,
you could also go, I finish. Go now, if you want
to make a word past tense, you put finished before to word.
Okay. But in this instance, since you just said last week, you don’t need to have finished unless
you want it to be really emphasized. Okay, so last week doctor, I go
last week doctor, I go, I go, okay, so that is that
sentence. Next sentence, can we watch a movie now? There is no time in that sentence.
Can we watch a movie? So what would be the topic movie movie we watch. Okay, there you go. Movie The
comment. Let’s watch it. Okay. You can also think of comment as
action that might help you as well. If it’s not really a comment kind
of thing that you’re trying to say. Watch would be the action. Here’s another
sentence. I read a book yesterday, yesterday.
What’s the topic book? What happened to the book?
I read it. I read and read his past tense, present tense. The same sign. Okay. And sometimes you’re going
to see sentences like this
yesterday book I Read I or doctor, I go I and sometimes it just emphasizes
the pronoun or the subject of the sentence.
You can use them. You cannot use it as especially good if
you have a compound sentence or a little bit more complicated sentence so that the
idea of the sentence does not get lost. I started college tomorrow. Tomorrow is the time.
College. Okay. Is the topic I start is the comment and
again you can put the eye or you can leave it off. Okay. And the last sentence, my friends dates every day.
So what would that be? Every day is the time. Okay. And what’s the topic?
It’s my friend. Yeah, my friend. What does she do everyday?
I have to pluralize that word, which is the beauty of sign language.
There’s no to be verbs. There’s no plurals. Whatever you
want to pull, realize a word. You just sign up more than one
time. It’s beautiful. Love it. Okay, so does that make sense? Time,
topic, comment, time, topic, comment.
Okay. Now let’s move on to the next thing we
talked about the ASM model and I’d just erase all of that. It’s a model is one
h the expressions to body language, three classifiers.
And for vocabulary. So we’re going to talk about
classifiers just a tiny bit, cause I don’t want this video to go 50
minutes because I can easily talk to you. You’re off.
And I already am doing that. So classifiers are not actual
signs are not official. Asl Signs, their handshakes that you use to add
detail or description to a person, an object and idea, a situation,
a seen anything. And it’s awesome. You can tell a whole story just
using classifiers. It’s so much fun. This is the three handshake
three but it’s horizontal. It’s like this.
So this is a sign for car. This is the classifier we use for car.
No. If you want to tell a story about what
a car is doing, you’re going to use, you’re not going to go, oh my car.
And that was like this bumpy road. You’re going to show it. You can go,
oh, it’s bumpy. This is your road. Oh bumpy or well it’s going up the hill. Who was going down hill?
Oh it’s going to run into the street here, you know, or head on collision.
You can show what’s happening. Oh is it fish tailing?
You know, is it turning crazies on the super
windy road going up a mountain. Okay, so there’s so many things you can
do with it. You just so much fun. So you add that to add
detail to add description. It’s kind of like your hedging tips. You just use it to add all that
awesomeness to your ASL conversations. And when you use classifiers
it’s going to bring, you’re sidling up to much more advanced
level and you’re going to be that much better, that much faster and
it’s going to be awesome. So there’s so much harder
to classify her as. I have a couple of videos on it and
I have a lot more in my ASL course. So which brings me, I wanted to
tell you about my ass of course, but I’m not going to do it in this video.
I’m going to do it. And the next photo that I’m going
to have out tomorrow for you guys, I haven’t been so excited about this. I’ve been working on this course for so
long and really trying to make it just what you guys need,
just what you guys wanted. It’s so much more than just vocabulary. It’s just like how these videos have been. We had all these other
layers to make you authentic, to make you natural signer. I want you guys to think about what
would it mean to you to really know ASL. Picture yourself in that perfect situation
and that amazing conversation in sign language with your new friend that’s
deaf and you’re just, you know, maybe you’re at a coffee shop
or at the next deaf community, get together in your area and you’re just,
ah, just chattering away. And it is amazing thing about
if you are a grandparent, a parent, a sibling, a cousin, it where you have a niece or a nephew
that’s deaf and hard of hearing and you want to communicate with them, what will it mean for your relationship
public that mean to both of your lives? It will enrich your lives and it will
bring such a joy to theirs as well because somebody cares enough to learn their
language, to communicate with them. If this is a career that you want,
you want to teach sign language, are you going to teach students
that are deaf or hard of hearing? If you want to be an interpreter, if you’re going to be a counselor or
have any kind of service that is tailored for the deaf community,
think of what it will do. Can you imagine how amazing that will
be if you’re interpreting at an event, a conference, uh, play
a concert, a school. If you’re teaching those kids, imagine
yourself teaching those kids and thinking, what is that going to do for you? What was it going to do for you if
you finally accomplish that goal, even wanting to learn sign language for
how long and you’re finally starting. I think of it as you finally go
from just knowing a couple signs. She’s not YNG several signs to be able
to have that amazing conversation with those people that you so desperately want
to talk to. Okay? What is it for you? And I want you to think about
that and that’s when the question, I want you to answer it
in the comments below. What will that mean for
you to know sign language? What is it going to look like for you?
Imagine it. Tell us, share it with us. I am so excited to, to hear about and read about it and I
might even share some of these responses in upcoming videos. Okay. And as always, please feel free to ask any questions
you have about ASL in general or ASL grammar. I would love to answer them. And
there’ll be featured in upcoming videos. Okay.
I’m so excited. Look for that video tomorrow that tells
more about the ASL course because it’s going to have bonuses that are only going
to be available for you for a week and they’ll start in tomorrow.
Kay. So look for that video so you can
know and you’ll find out all about it. What’s in it, what’s what it has
in it, what to look forward to. And I’m so excited. This has been
my baby for last couple of years, so I’m super excited.
I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Thank you so much for watching
these three videos with me and I, I can’t wait to hear how it’s helped you
with your ASL grammar and I’ll see you guys later.