Common ASL Mistakes
August 15, 2019
Hi guys! so you guys wanted me to make a video
with just some common ASL mistakes that Ive seen. Just to clarify before I start this.
I have made all of these mistakes. The only reason I’ve learned from this is from the
comments. If I say anything that isn’t true or you learned differently. Write it down
in the comments below! because Im not a teacher. I dont know sign language. I am self taught.
The only thing I know is from past experience. So yeah! Okay! Lets get started! From what
I can tell, there are 5 things you need to watch out for when you are learning a sign.
The first one is Hand Shape. What exact hand shape is the sign using? Is it using a letter?
what letter is it? is it using a number shape? what number is it? Identify the hand shape
first! The second one is your position.Where is your hand in relation to your body? Is
it in front of you? Is it to your side? Is it next to your chin or your head? Those are
important! and like the sign for “Pink” and the sign for “Penis” Its just hand position.
The 3rd thing you need to watch out for is Motion. What exact motion is the sign using?
Is it doing a circular motion? Is it doing a up-and-down, forward back kinda thing? Know
exactly which direction its going when you look up the sign because I’ve signed a lot
of things wrong just because i signed it going the wrong way. The 4th thing is context. Make
sure when you look up a sign you are looking up the meaning of the word not just the word
its self. Things like “Love”. There are 2 signs for “love” in sign language and they
mean two different things. In English you’d say love for both but in sign language you’d
sign something different depending on what you mean. SO make sure the context is also
what you’re looking for when you look up signs. The last one is Facials. Sometimes ive made
mistakes because I signed a word and the word was confusing because my facials didn’t match
the sign. So make sure you watch out for that too. Now I’m going to go through and list
10 mistakes thatI see a lot. Also mistakes that I’ve made in the past. So lets get started!
Number 1!The sign for “Meet” and the sign for “Sex”. “meet” put one finger up and then
one finger goes towards the other. “Sex” Is a 2 hand shape or a “V” hand shape. They are
very similar, but they mean very different things. So make sure you watch out for that
one. Number 2. Thank you vs. F*ck you. The signs are really similar.The thing that separates
the two is your hand position. So for thank you, you put your hand on your chin and you
bring it out. For F*ck you, you put your hand under your chin, and you bring it out. The
little bitty position difference, makes a huge difference. Be careful not to make that
one. Thats a awkward mistake to make. Number 3! The two versions of “love” I mentioned
this before. One kind of love is the romantic kind of love. Or affectionate kind of love.
Like how You love your family or how you love a spouse our boyfriend,/ girlfriend kinda
thing. That kind of “love” is this. Now if I say I love cats or I love cake. I would
use this sign. This is that kind of love. They are two different meanings. You cant
that you “love” pie. You don’t love pie romantically so. Watch out for that one. Number 4! I vs
My and You and Your. So the signs for possession and the signs for just being are two different
things. The sign for I (this is one that I saw a lot in my Helping hands videos, the
submissions) “I” you point to yourself. Point. Flat hand is “my” possessive. Like this is
my school ID. You cant like, this is I school ID. You say this is mine and Vice versa. You
dont say is it too late now my say sorry. That doesn’t make sense. So make sure you
watch out for that one. I my. And your and you are the same thing. One is a point and
the other one is a flat hand. The flat hand one is possessive. Your. Your house. Your.
Okay! Number 5! The word when!We use it for so many different meanings in English, but
in sign language there are different signs for them. When you are saying “when” as in
a question kinda thing as in a time. Like “when are you going to the mall ” or ” when
do you have class” Then you would sign this one. Its like you go around a clock. When.
as in time. When you are signing something that has happened in the past like when you
are saying “when I was young”or “when I did that” something that has already happened.
You sign “Happen”. You don’t sign this “when”. That doesn’t make sense in sign language.
You would use “Happen” instead. The best way to remember that is if you can replace the
word when with “had happened ” or “has happened”Then you would use the sign “happen”. I made that
mistake for a really long time until someone finally pointed it out. Number 6! The difference
between Make, cause, and Force. When you “make” something its like you have made it. You have
produced it. You made that. You made that pie. But you dont “make” someone happy. Thats
a different type of “make”. You didn’t make that, you caused it. The sign for “cause”is
two closed fists and then you open them and bring it out. “Cause”. So you can cause someone
happiness but you can’t make them happy. That doesn’t make sense. The next one is “make”
as in “I made her do that” You forced it. Then you would use the sign force, not make.
You didn’t make anything. I made that mistake for a really long time. Make sure when you
use the word Make, Because we use it in English for a lot of different things, But the only
time you use this form of Make is if you’re actually making something! Yeah! Not if youre
causing or forcing or doing something. Those are different signs. Number 7! We’re on 7
right? Yeah! 7!. The difference between Need, Should, and Question or Ask. This was a huge
issue in my Helping hands videos. A lot of you made it. The difference between Need and
Should is repetition. Or motion. Need, this is all “X” hand shape, but need is once. You
go down. once. The motion has no repetition. You go down once. Should has repetition. You
go down more than once and you have like a kinda question-y expression. facials are a
little different. Question, you dont start with the “X” hand shape, you bring it down
to the “X” hand shape. Like a question. and repetition. Question! What number is this…
8? Yeah! 8!The difference between Think and Know!Think!one finger. You think. Know, your
whole hand. Know. Think… Know. Next! Number 9!The difference between Happy and Young.
I used to make this mistake all the time. The difference between Happy is position and
a bit hand shape too. So flat hands on your chest and you bring it up. You kind of pat
it and bring it up. Happy. Young, you curve your hands just a little bit. See curve. and
its on your shoulders. Young. Next!Number ten! Last one! Is the difference between Only
and Always. I actually learned this one, kinda recently. So for Only, You are going to start
with your palm facing out. Then you make a circle and your palm faces forward at the
end. Only. Always, You start with your palm facing yourself. Like this. And you make the
circle but dont turn your wrist. Thats all for today!I have made so many more mistakes
than that!But those are the ones that i see all the time and ones that I made a lot before
ppl pointed them out. Once again! Im not a teacher! These are just mistakes that I’ve
made and ppl have corrected for me. So Im not a teacher!Not a teacher! Okay!. If you
have any questions about your helping hands submissions feel free to email me. I will
gladly email you back with any mistakes that noticed from your submission. A lot of these
were probably on them. So rewatch your video submissions to see if you made any of these
mistakes. Im going to post videos kinda like this one, where Im not really signing a cover,
every monday! Im gonna probably call them Me Mondays because its just gonna be me! Let
me know any other kinds of videos you want me to make or questions you have, any comments,
did I say anything wrong?Was anything I showed you wrong. Let me know!Because I learn from
you guys and you learn from me. its like a weird group education thing we got going here.
I like it. Thanks for watching! Love you guys! Bye!