Fluency in Sign Language: How Long?! ┃ ASL Stew
August 8, 2019
(♪♪♪) Hey everybody welcome back! So today I thought I’d go ahead and discuss something that I’ve had a few comments on in the past. So I thought we’d go ahead and talk about fluency. Uh so being fluent in sign language. A few people have asked me how long it took me. How many years for me to become fluent in sign language. How long would it take for you to become fluent in sign language? So I thought I’d go ahead and discuss that. Uhh first off really it really depends. It’s individual and I know depends is a horrible thing. Especially if you’re in an interpreting program. I’m sorry but it really depends. You know I mean sign langauge is just like any other… like a spoken language. It’s the exact same thing. So you really have to practice and be invovled and you have to be with people who are signing. Especially with Deaf people and so you know I mean if for example uh you start learning from books or you’re watching YouTube videos. You know I mean you will learn signs from that and progress and grammar and all of that. But really to become fluent in sign language you have to socialize with Deaf people, with signing people. You have to try and be more invovled. Really have to put in an effort and dedicate youself. So that’s important. For me I started learning sign language a long time ago! You know I think… let me think… I was married 5 years and I graduated in 2009. I don’t know, 8 10 years something like that. I graduated in high school in 2004 and yep now it’s been over 10 years that I’ve been learning sign language. You know I mean, yes I am fluent in sign langauge, but do I know everything? No I don’t. Am I perfect? No I’m not and that’s the same thing, you’re gonna learn and it’s gonna take you a long time probably. You I mean even if you’re really invovled with Deaf culture and Deaf people or whatever, I mean it’s still gonna take time. You’re really never gonna stop learning. I’m still learning all the time. I’m still like, oh look there is a new sign or a different way to sign something. You know people criticize me all the time and that’s fine! You know, I mean it’s a life long learning process. But you know I’m just letting you know it’s gonna take time. At least a few years if not… if you’re really dedicated and really invovled it’s gonna take a few years. If not it’s gonna take more. So please be patient. Never stop trying, just keep going and it’s really important ok? So hopefully that answers your question about being fluent in sign language and the process of learning. If you can take a class it’s really helpful. It really will help you a lot I promise. So hopefully you guys have enjoyed today’s video and you’ve learned a little something. If you are interested in learning more sign language, or about Deaf culture, or anything like that or just seeing me and Jenna. Click over there and SUBSCRIBE! I will have other videos down here so check those out. Remember right now until March 20, 2015 I do have a 1,000 subscriber giveaway! So I will have a link to that down below. Check it out! Read the rules and enter and good luck! See you next video. Bye!