Different Styles of Sign Language? : ASL – PSE – SEE
August 7, 2019
(♪♪♪) Hi everybody, welcome back. So this week, I’m going to be teaching you different types of sign langauge while you’re out and about socializing and improving your skills. Now I know most people are familiar with the first one, that is American Sign Language, ASL. Now American Sign Language is an actual official language. It’s considered the natural language of Deaf and hard of hearing people. Umm it has it’s own grammatical structure. It’s very different than English. Like for example in English you would say I go to the store. In American Sign Language you would say store me go. So it’s a little bit different. That’s why I try and teach on my channel is American Sign Language. Now the other two types of signed languages that I’m talking about are not official languages. They are used, they are used often, but it’s not usually what I end up teaching. Now the next one I’m going to be talking about is is PSE, and that’s Pidgin Signed English. I’m not talking about birds in New York City, pigeons. It’s P-I-D-G-I-N Pidgin Signed English. So as you can tell it’s called signed English because it’s using sign language but mimicking more of the English language. So Pidgin Signed English, PSE is pretty much a mixture of English and American Sign Language. It takes more the form of English. So you’d be signing…. instead of signing like store me go, you’d be signing me go store. So you’re still cutting out like the AM… TO… THE… you don’t use the article and different things like that, but you’re using more of an English structure. Umm.. You sign more of an English order, Often, you use your mouth more. You mouth the words a lot more heavily. than if you’re gonna use American Sign Language. Umm PSE is pretty common actually. Most people that I know use PSE. A lot of children now a days in schools are not taught ASL. They’re taught PSE, or the next one that I’m going to be talking about. It’s actually very very common, so if you end up using more of an English grammatical structure, using PSE is actually very common and that’s fine. Obviously you want to strive to learn American Sign Language because that is the official sign language, but just know you’re going to encounter a lot of PSE. The last one I’m going to talk about is SEE, S-E-E. That is Signed Exact English. Now I don’t see this one as often, but it is taught in many places. Signed Exact English is what it says, signing exactly the English word order. So in ASL we signed “store me go”, in Pidgin Signed English we signed “me to store”, If you were going to sign exact English, SEE you would sign, me – go – to – the – store. You would take the English sentence and sign word for word exactly what it is. So like in PSE where we didn’t use the words to and the, in signed English you would sign those. You would sign me – go – to – the – store. So to and the… in PSE we wouldn’t sign to and the. In ASL they’re totally left out and the words are flip flopped in a totally different grammatical structure. Umm… SEE like I said, it’s taught in some schools and a lot of places that are more oral based. Meaning they want the children to speak and not learn sign language. They might teach see. I know back in the 80s, and I think the 90s maybe, they often taught SEE. Umm… I know Jenna’s mother sometimes uses the SEE order, the to’s and the the’s. Like I said, whatever one you use, whether it’s ASL, PSE, or SEE, or whatever you’re using, that’s fine. As long as you’re trying and you’re working at it and trying to communicate, in a signed language of some sort, that’s fine. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to know perfect ASL grammatical structure. That’s just fine. Ok guys so hopefully today I’ve explained a little bit more about the different types of sign languages you may encounter. Like I said, I mostly encounter PSE, but I do try and strive to learn ASL. Especially if you’re learning sign language to become an interpreter, it’s best to learn all types of sign language, so you can match whatever your consumer is. Alright guys if you’ve enjoyed today’s video and you like learning about the different types of sign language and what you migh encounter, out in the world there, go ahead and hit that LIKE button below. If you’re not already, hit the subscribe button as well, so you keep getting videos from me and learning sign language and about the Deaf world and culture and interpreter tips and all of that good stuff. As always I will have my 2 other channels up here, my my vlog channel and my main channel which has beauty and cooking and all sorts of fun stuff. So definitely check those 2 out and subscribe to those as well. I will see you in the next video. Bye everybody!