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[LSM] Trish Guinn – Why I Learned Mexican Sign Language


Hi! My name is Trish, and
my sign name is “T-smile”! I’m a teacher here at
Rancho Sordo Mudo. It’s a free home and school for the deaf in Valle de Guadalupe, México. Now, I wanted to check out
Facebook one day, and I was scrolling down… kept scrolling… and I saw a video
that was really cool! A Deaf man was talking
about how sign language shows so much more
than words in English can. And I saw it, thought it was awesome! And so I clicked on “Ai-Media” and saw a lot of different videos; all of them about Deaf people. Or things related to Deafness. I saw one video titled “Share Your Story” and I thought, “Wow!” So many different people did that, using different sign languages. There’s a lot of ASL,
and a lot of… Auslan? I think that’s how it’s spelled? Sorry, Australia! But I wanted to share with
you my sign language. Because I live and work in Mexico, I use LSM – Mexican Sign Language – or “Lengua de señas Mexicana”. It’s super different from all
the other sign languages. It has a few similarities to ASL. Because it started in
America and moved here – Well, no… It started in France,
moved to America, and moved here to Mexico. Anyway, I want to explain
how I got started here. Before I came to the ranch, I didn’t know any sign language. I’m hearing, and I grew up in the States, and I didn’t have deaf friends, deaf family, nothing. I grew up not knowing any sign at all. But I moved here, back about
two and a half years ago. I moved to the ranch… And I learned it all here. I want to encourage you, if you’re hearing and have deaf friends or family or if you’re studying ASL or another sign language, or if you just want to be involved in the Deaf community… DO IT! Don’t worry how you look. Some people say, “I want
to do sign language, I want to hang out with Deaf people, but… my signing is bad. I don’t know a lot of words. I’m awkward. I can’t sign well. Maybe I don’t order my
sentences correctly when I sign.” Put that away! Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t worry, don’t be scared. If you truly want to sign,
and want to communicate, people are gonna help you out. They know that sign
isn’t your first language. When I came here, everyone
was so patient with me. Yes, I signed wrong! I made a lot of mistakes. But people were nice and helped me, saying “Whoa, whoa, whoa… Trish… uh-uh. Sign it like this.” They gave me examples,
helped me with vocabulary, taught me the sign names for
things, different stuff like that. And in the future? It could be the same for you. Two and a half years ago,
so not a long time, and now – well, before
I didn’t know anything and now, I sign
fluently and quickly. It’s a piece of cake! If you want to learn? Practice, do sign with
the Deaf community. You’ll find help and become
a better and better signer! Thank you for watching me, and hopefully you all
have a good day! Love ya! Bye.

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