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ASL vs Auslan | Deaf Awareness Month


[Auslan] Hello, my name is Rogan, sign name [Rogan].
It’s not the swear word! And welcome. How are you? Today I wanted to talk about—oh you
can’t understand what I’m signing? Make sure you have the CCs turned on. Finished? [ASL] Good! [ASL] The reason why I wanted you to
turn on the captions is because today I will be switching languages and
showing you some differences. I’ve had a lot of people say this: [Auslan] It must be so nice to have
one sign language all over the world. Uh what? No, there’s more than one. Whaaaat? Really? How does that even make sense?
My reaction to that can be one of two responses. ….what makes you think that? How many spoken languages are there? Or if I feel like giving a little bit of attitude. Really? I thought all people had
one spoken language too? I did a collab with Aly a while ago,
I’ll link that in the card and below. But I signed some Auslan signs and
she tried to guess what they were. Today, I’ll give you some more examples
with side-by-side comparisons. Talk Age Can/can’t Try Why What Where Which How Hope you enjoyed that! I want to add that even within
the same language there are regional differences. I plan to make a series of videos showing
as many regional differences as I can find. I already have quite a list. If you know of any, leave them in the comments below
and I’ll let you know if I already have it listed or not! But for now, I’ll give a few quick examples. In Auslan I know of one – water. [demonstrates signs] I know of so many in ASL, but an easy one is Halloween. [demonstrates various signs] I wouldn’t be surprised if there
were more different ones. Another example: strawberry. [demonstrates various signs] Last one for now – early. Some
actually sign it with spelling. [demonstrates other signs] I’m going to stop for now, I will give
more in another video later on. I also want to add and make it absolutely
clear that while Canadians sign ASL, they do have their own dialect and signs too. So if you go to Canada, and you know ASL, you can
communicate. But just don’t expect to know every sign. That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed
it and learned something new. If you want to support my content financially,
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23 Replies to “ASL vs Auslan | Deaf Awareness Month”

  • Awesome!! I want to hear more about the differences between various sign languages. 😀

    I also have a serious question… ok, several questions. Do you think there are any major differences between the difficulties and rewards of learning another sign language for a deaf/hh person versus learning another spoken language for a hearing person? Is Auslan : ASL :: Australian English : American English? Is the variety of grammatical structures between different signed languages similar to the variety between spoken languages? How common is "multilingualism" in the Deaf community?

  • I didn't know you also knew Auslan; that's awesome! I thought I was just really tired when I started watching this and couldn't understand haha. When I tell people that sign language is not universal, I've gotten the response "well, why not? It should be!" My response is "ok, so we should have just one spoken language too?" That makes no sense! Also, for regional signs, I have seen so many signs for pizza! I typically use the double z handshape, but I've seen at least 3-4 other ones, probably more!

  • Malaysian sign language is similar to asl too. But like you said, we use different dilect and there are a couple of signs that are different. But the difference are usually not too obvious, like, we can still understand what they are trying to say depending on the context.

  • Is ASL like a lingua franca in the deaf community? Like, what if you met up with a bunch of deaf people from all over the world, would most of them know enough ASL to make that the go to language?

  • Thank you for sharing this! I find comparisons of different sign languages very interesting. (Andy Signs made a funny video in which he tried to learn some BSL and commented on the differences.) Of course it makes sense that the spoken language of a culture would not correspond to the sign language of that culture, and so of course it makes sense that Australia, Britain, and the U.S.—although they all speak English—might have very different sign languages. I think the fact that a country/culture's sign language is not directly related to that country/culture's spoken language surprises hearing people when they first realize it, especially since many signers also choose to learn their region's spoken/written language (and many signers choose to move their lips while signing to form the shape of the spoken words). I think it's very surprising to many of us hearing folks when we first realize that someone who knows ASL (or Auslan or BSL) doesn't automatically also know English, that they are literally *completely different languages*.

  • Love this!! Yes, I had learned a bunch of ASL online through Bill Vicars on YouTube, who is in the States. Then taking in-person classes in Canada, I found many of the signs different. It never really crossed my mind that the difference could be related to the difference in country, although it seems obvious when I say it out loud. Thanks for another awesome vid!!:)

  • Thanks for the little Canada shout out! I am from the west coast and my favourite regional sign is "skytrain" (which is what our above-ground metro is called). I love the little regional differences.

  • I don't understand how people can think there is only one dialect. English may be one language but there's English English, Australian English, American English, English that's taught as a second language etc. Just one example, togs, swimmers, bathers, swimsuit, swimming togs, all are used in different regions of Australia. My favourite one is asking for a refidex in Melbourne! 🤔

  • What a great video. 😍😍 my grandparents were deaf and so i grew up using sign language and i miss signing to people.

  • My youngest daughter didn't take to Auslan she took to American sign and wow the difference.So this is awesome to see side by side the slight differences in the language 🙂

  • I think when I was in ASL classes someone told me there were about 50 different signs for pizza. Or maybe birthday. They both have a lot. What really bothers me is I can't even remember learning 1 of them. -.-u

  • Amazing video Thanks heaps Rogan I have just started to learn Auslan through TAFE as I want to become an interpreter. Shout out from Australia..

  • I want to learn sign language, just as a hobby, but I'm Australian and my fiance is American, so I've had to decide whether I should learn Auslan or ASL. I've decided to learn both eventually. I'm starting with Auslan though because I have friends also learning it that I can practice with. It's interesting to see how different they are.

  • hello! im an Australian wanting to learn sign language, and was just wondering: say if I was to learn ASL, would people who do Auslan still understand me? and visa versa? Like I understand there are a few differences, but would the other person still understand majority of what they are saying? thanks! 🙂

  • I’m 13 and Australian, and decided I wanted to learn Auslan. I’m not deaf, but I’m fascinated by sign language. Great video. Thanks!

  • I had an experience when I was a teenager with a deaf man on the train. He was clearly distressed and my friend and I wanted to help him, we tried hand gestures and pointing at Maps and things, I even tried to get him to write what he was saying into my phone which he must have thought I was offering for him to make a call as he started aggressively signing that he was deaf and then banging his ears with his hands. He was getting so worked up that when he went back to banging on the train doors we slipped into the next carriage and got off. I didn't blame him for his frustration and anger, and it was in that moment that I turned to my friend and asked why on earth we were never taught any Auslan at school. Just a few simple words would have shown him we were doing our best to help and may have helped him stay calm.

    I wish there were a more universal western Sign language. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the Oculus Quest, I can't wait to hang out with people around the world in VR. I've seen a lot of people using a mish-mash of 3 or more sign languages to communicate, especially from people who are Mute or Deaf, and I'm worried I won't even be able to sign a little because I only know Northern Auslan

  • I loved this video, as nurse I've wanted to learn to sign, but have been scared of not understanding everyone.. now I know what the diffences are, I can be more confident in learning without thinking I'm failing. Thank you!

  • I started to learn Auslan as a kid. The Adelaide phone book had the alphabet in the front so I got to know it. There was a deaf man who lived down my street and I kind of just started spelling words to him and he would tell me the signs. . I knew when he was walking past my house because his flip flops were so loud! – which became my cue to go to the window and wave 🙂

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