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How To Learn Sign Language

My Sign Language Story [CC]


Hello gorgeous people! This week I am going to be releasing 3 videos that are all about deafness Links to the other two will be down in the description as soon as they are out You might remember that last year I did something pretty similar for International Week of the Deaf This year is a little different because along with this video there will be another one that is instructional and one that is a comedy sketch because I like to try new things. I wanted to use this video to talk about British Sign Language or BSL and my relationship with it I should tell you that although the signs that I use are from BSL I actually sign SSE Which is Sign Supported English As I was raised hearing I was hearing! I started to loose my hearing when I was 15 And by about 18 I just couldn’t hear much of anything The next year I was given hearing aids for the first time and now I am 29 Wow, so old! My hearing loss is relatively stable at this point, sometimes it does get worst In certain busy situations or if I have a cold or… On a plane Currently with my hearing aids in I can her Uh, just really squalled Currently with my hearing aids in I can hear every third word And then every second word I kind of understand and then I just make it up When I say hear I also mean not perfectly, it’s very jumbled I rely on lip reading and obviously: context I know that in the future it will get worst When I lost my hearing I was still in school and then in university There were provisions in place to get me a Sign Language interpreter but nothing to help me learn Sign Language No one thought that it was maybe important that I actually learned some sign language *Oh but you can lip-read, you don’t need sign* And that is why I use SSE, because I had to learn sign language from books To be quite honest I was terrified to reach out to other deaf people, at the time I thought I was the only one who’d gone deaf, I wasn’t aware that there were other people like me out there I believed that everyone was born deaf even though it clearly wasn’t what happened to me I used Sign Language a lot for school and university and it really helped me Now Sign Language it isn’t part of my daily day life, I don’t have anyone around me who is deaf I’m really good at lip reading and it’s easier for other people to just rely on me Obviously I don’t sign to them because they can hear my voice And they don’t sign to me because it’s hard and they feel awkward And I’m just really lazy with my Sign Language now But when I think about the future and going deafer and people in my life not being able to sign I get this horrible not in my chest I am terrified of being in a bubble unable to communicate with everyone of the people that I love Which is why I’m using this week as a Call to Action I am going to force the people in my life to sign to me, I am refusing to wear my hearing aids That’s really nice! So now you have to put in the effort to communicate with me, sorry if I’m seeing you tomorrow and you are only finding this out now through this video And sorry to everyone that I’m going on holiday with on Thursday, we are going to the Lake District There will be a lot of sign language for them I have a nephew, he is 5 months old He is so cute, chubby and delightful I am determined that he and my future children will know sign language My children won’t have the genetic disability that has made me go deaf But I want them to be able to communicate not only with me but also with all of the 100s of 1000s of deaf people In this country and around the world It’s important that we share our stories and help others not to feel so alone. It’s also important that we recognise how vital it is to have BSL on the school curriculum Not only so that deaf children can feel like they are included but also so those of us who later in life go deaf still have a way to communicate. Which by the way have you seen how many old people wear hearing aids? Tthat’s probably gonna be you too! And you’ll still right now have a way to chat to your friends in the pub When it’s really noisy and that’s great This is a win win al around! So please make some noise! Share your sign language story Tell your MP: include Sign Language in the school curriculum Thank you for watching this video I hope that you’ve enjoyed it and that you would like to see more. If so just go down there, have a look at my channel and subscribe! See you next time!

100 Replies to “My Sign Language Story [CC]”

  • I'm learning asl, obviously distinct differences from bsl, but I find it interesting to see you sign and I immediately understand so much, even though there are differences, it's still slightly understandable. My weird observation but yeah. I am also actually going a wee bit deaf as well, at about the same age as you. Oh well nothing much I can do. Life is life.

  • I would love to learn sign language & I've attempted to teach myself but it hasn't gone well. I think that sign language is an amazing ability & I love watching it even though I can fully hear. Love your videos!!

  • Also useful for communicating with people wearing headphones or (ironically) children wearing ear-protectors at concerts. (Not just for old people!) (Though I used Cued Speech so that I don't have to use three sign languages for French, English and American.)

  • Yes!! Very proud of you for finally putting your foot down and making the other people in your life make the effort to communicate with you too. I know people find it difficult and scary to learn a new way of communicating, but it's also difficult and scary to have someone talking to you when you can't really hear them! The amount of, for example, hearing parents with deaf children that don't learn how to communicate properly with their own child makes for shocking statistics.

    I've been learning BSL – I've been a bit slack on it lately (failed one of my level 3 exams, boo) but I could still have an alright conversation with someone deaf/hard of hearing, and it's useful whenever someone deaf comes into where I work. I just wish everyone else could sign too – I have good hearing except for audio processing issues where background noise means I can't pick out sounds that well, and I wish wish WISH that other people in my life could sign to me. It would be so useful in so many situations! EVERYONE should learn at least some of it.

  • P.S. I actually found your videos through your BSL vocab lists. Everyone in my BSL class was raving about them, we were like "she looks so glamorous!!" 😀

  • I’m 16 I started going deaf when I was 13, some of your earlier tutorials really helped me to learn sign language as there are no real courses near me, my college only really teach the alphabet and how to ask someone’s name but nothing else

  • My friends little boy has hearing loss, he wears two hearing aids and like yourself was not born with hearing loss. In September there we decided to learn sign language together and we love it! Some signs are slightly different as we are in Northern Ireland, but I can still read most signs and I have used it in work as well! My friend has funded learning it herself, Makes me sad and a little angry that it isn't offered to adults who have lost there hearing or parents of deaf children and instead is left up to them to find support or fund themselves!

  • Your videos from last year's International Week of the Deaf was how I found your channel!! It's been a year, and I have learned SO much from you 🙂

  • I've been pushing ASL onto my parents and their friends, as well as my partner. They're all slowly learning because of me ^_^ <3

  • LOVE this! I'm trying to get my hubby to learn some more sign with me. I use BSL in an SSE way (partial hearing loss – definitely worse situationally), though I originally learnt it as a foreign language since languages are important for actors. We'd like to learn ISL too so that we can mix more when we're with our Irish friends & colleagues, but stupidly, here, I can access classes for deaf & he can access classes for the hearing, but we can't learn together. …and to make it even more fun, he's the only driver in our home, so if I was to go to classes, he would have to sit out in the carpark.

    Meanwhile I'm teaching him BSL, using mine and putting up with folks saying I "sign with a heavy British accent".

  • I’m learning ASL and I was so confused why I couldn’t understand any of these and then I realized this is BSL lol

  • Weirdly, despite following a few deaf youtubers, I didn’t hear (heh) about this deaf awareness week until Friday 19th. Shame.
    Whilst I think it would be great to get sign languages into the curriculum, it’s not going to happen any time soon. There’s a shortage of teachers, and they’re judged extremely harshly based on test scores. Unless BSL becomes a core subject (it won’t), there’s no chance it’ll get time and effort dedicated to it.

  • In my family, We teach babies and toddlers ASL so that they can communicate when they are still pre-verbal. The words and phrases are for basic needs, but set the little ones on a path to learning multiple languages simultaneously. And, of course, help mitigate some of the “what do you need? Why are you screaming?” moments do both adult and tot.

  • I think that’s an awesome idea! It would be a challenge to work on signing but hopefully everyone is game to brush up this skills. I love to watch you sign while you speak; it helps me learn about signing

  • It may seem extreme for us all to learn sign language even if we are not deaf, but even as a person with good hearing (perhaps better than most) I'd love to learn. As you rightly said, the truth of life is that we all inevitably loose our functionality as we age. So even if we don't go deaf when young (which I'm not, I'm afraid) we most probably will as we age. Not just that, but if we do go deaf young, we'll be more equipped to deal with it. Deaf people's lives would be so much easier.

  • Im actually going deaf currently and might have other disorders that make hearing harder but i actually have the opposite problem as you did they wont give me an interpreter because im not 100% fluent in my signing but i do understand it mostly and i completely agree with the "ahh that's so much better" when you took off your heating aids

  • My sign language story: I've been interested in it for a while, and I tried to teach myself Norwegian several times, but never succeded to keep it up and remembering the sign I'd learned.

    Then, I wantet to give it another go last summer. I downloaded a (Norwegian, still) sign language video dictionary app on my phone, and just searched up some signs whenever I was bored, and also watched a few TV shows aimed at deaf people (one was a kids game show and the other one was a really crappy christmas calendar series from 1989, also aimed at kids for the most part). And yea, some youtube videos. But Norwegian sign language content is way harder to find than ASL!

    I still don't really need sign language in my everyday life, but I've still managed to keep it up and learned quite a lot. A few days ago, when I was celebrating Norwegien national day/constitutional day in the city, I watched the sign language interpreted "spech of the day", and tried to see how well I manage to understand it, and make connections between the signs from the interpreter and the spoken words from the speaker. It went quite well! In my head I was like "oh, that means tree!" and "oh, that means nature!", "oh, that means country!", "oh, that means love!". That was a cool experience.

    The grammar of sign language still confuses me though, and I haven't yet tried to have a conversation in sign language, because I have yet to meet someone to talk with, but I'm hoping that one day, it will come in handy 😛

  • I wanna learn sign language and help those who need it. X ur so inspiring. I love how open u are and that ur prudential of urself bc we need to be like that

  • what's the difference between sse, asl, and bsl? i recently began learning asl on my own time and i'm curious.

  • I'm a pharmacist in Australia and I've on and off thought about learning Auslan especially after the few work situations I've been in so far that it would have been helpful. I'm going to look into it, thanks for the nudge in the right direction!

  • I'm American so BSL probably won't help me but I still would love to learn how to sign! I learned a little bit in elementary school but stopped when I moved

  • I am studying and I have a volunteer course for German Sign language and I really love it. It is so important and I understand what you mean with the advantages of sign language! :3 love you both cuties

  • Loved this video! My elementary school was super good about teaching everyone how to sign the national anthem, but I wish they took that further and incorporated the teaching of the actual language and incorporating it into our assemblies at least.

  • Although I'm hearing, I'm on the autism spectrum and for me, this causes a lot of difficulty processing audio. If one person is talking I can totally hear and understand them, but if more than one person is talking, or if the TV is on, everything turns to static and I get completely lost. I've always wanted to learn ASL to have a way to communicate if I'm overwhelmed, and to communicate with other folks I meet who speak ASL. Thanks to my husband learning with me, I'm starting to put in a real effort, and we're learning how to sign bad jokes at each other, so it's a good start so far. I'm so excited to learn more and be able to communicate with more people, and I'm hoping I can incorporate a few signs into my everyday life in a way that most of my friends and family will understand.

  • Because I live in the US, I am actually taking an ASL course at my university next semester. I will also be in my 7th semester of Japanese, so continuing to learn one language and beginning to learn another will be quite a challenge, but an exciting one! I think learning your country's sign language in at least a beginner's level should be mandatory one very school because it is so helpful in so many situations!

  • I think we often forget how hard it was to gain information or find a community for something before the internet was commercially used for anything that wasn't adult movies or silly games 10 to 15 years ago, so I'm not surprised you didn't know one could go deaf from disease. I only knew because in 4th or 5th grade we read a book about a kid who went blind for a head injury and therefore talked about it in class, but the book was not on the curriculum, my teacher just chose it. I'm interested in sign language but unsure which one to learn. I'm not British but we have like a ton of different sign languages in my country and I'm usually not staying in the same place for long so it wouldn't make sense to learn a regional one.

  • Jessica ! I’m attempting to slowly teach my 16 month old sign language ! I’m of course needing to relearn and totally learn signing all over again but well learn together. I’m wanting to be able to easily use BSL AND SSE

    I’ve been fascinated from a very young age. A friend has a deaf father and I thought it was just the coolest thing ever. We would sometimes gossip in class ( or maybe get a tiny help on a test lol)

    Either way, it’s so extraordinary to sign. Hope we make you proud !

  • I have hearing aids but my speech is spot on as my hearing has deteriorated over time. I can't sign at the moment but I am hoping to learn. I'm also terrified that I won't be able to communicate with others soon. I'm still getting used to my hearing aids as I'm so used to not hearing and just making do. I didnt get them until I was 30.

    I'm actually going to Vidcon (I'm from the UK) as a solo trip to test myself. When I learn sign language, I will be teaching my 2 and a half year old too. It's important for me to learn it as I'm deaf and I feel in limbo at the moment. Vidcon is going to be a challenge and I know I'm going to struggle due to how loud it will be, and how it makes it near impossible to hear even with my aids. I'm pretty good at lip reading, but it's going to be really difficult.

    I'm coming along to your captions workshop as I like to add captions for my videos but at the moment I'm paying for them. I hope to meet you and be able to have a chat with you….maybe even grab a coffee!

  • Teaching sign language in school seems like such a great idea to me! I never considered it, but when you can learn such different languages in school (here in Germany at least) – why not sign language? My grandfather is nearly deaf and not being able to really talk to literally ANYONE in situations where there are many sounds around (like in restaurants or large family gatherings) and that has led him to being quite bitter and really secluded at times.
    Plus: think about the possibilty of people communicating silently in lectures and not disturbing everyone around them! 😉

  • I have a question. I am genuinely curious and I have wondered this for years. What is the difference between BSL, SSE, and ASL? Are they completely different? Key differences?

  • My dad started going deaf in his 20s. He is in his 60s now and continues to refuse to learn any sign language. I think he's afraid of doing it wrong or looking foolish. He claims he's too clumsy and awkward. But he can speak. The more important part would be for him to learn to understand sign, with the rest of the family doing the heavy lifting of actually signing. But he's stubborn and refuses. Won't even learn finger spelling.

  • I was taught a bit sign language when I was in kindergarten, because we had one kid who was hard of hearing and another kid whos parents had sign language as their first language. We signed about two times a day every day, during assembly. And I loved it. LOVED IT.
    Every song had movements to them, not just twinkle twinkle little star. It feelt amazing signing a song about batman.
    And it was better than songs like twinkel twinkel little star, because there were more movements.
    And it helped with connecting words with what they meant, I remember being 3 years old and being mesmerized about the signs for sandwich, a glass of milk and apple. Because it gave me a new understanding of those words.
    Now I have lost pretty much all of the language sadly, but I still remember that batman song.
    So from my own experience growing up, I would have loved to had continued learning sign language at school.
    Like with most things regarding making our society more accessible, everyone can gain from it. Even though that's far from what's most important with accessibility, its a nice side effect.

  • I'm learning ASL in french and in english (I speak french) because I think it's very important to connect in a different way with different people. I'm studying to be a speech therapist with disable children and I know I'm gonna worm with ASL ❤

  • It's been on my bucket list for years to learn French Sign Language which is more similar to ASL than BSL, but god am I busy. We had the possibliity to take classes in 2nd and 3rd year of med school, but I was already taking extra classes. I'd like to open an inclusive practice one day, and having sign language in my tool kit would be helpful. Plus it's just one of those languages like Portugese, or Spanish, that is so beautiful (beautiful on the ears for the spoken languages, beautiful on the eyes for sign languages, especially ASL!).

  • I just love you and your channel. You are so funny and beautiful and you teach me things ive never heard of. Im learning asl on my own so watching you sign bsl is super neat. I'm glad i found you

  • How different are the different sign languages? If you know BSL can you sort of understand all the other versions?

  • Hello Jessica, would you be able to tell me some of the most useful books you used to help you learn sign language? I am currently learning so I can communicate with anyone with hearing problems. I'm also in my second year of nursing so it's important to me to learn as I have discovered very few nurses can communicate using BSL. Thanks, Naomi

  • I wish I spoke sign language, and probably should start trying to learn it (along with brushing up on my Spanish) because I live in Colorado and work at a grocery store, where I regularly serve customers who don't speak my language (primarily Latinos). Some Latino customers speak little to no english and despite the fact I do know the basics of spanish conversation, I always freeze up in situations where I could use it. There's also one deaf lady who can barely speak, and I can communicate with her okay using gestures and such, but it always feels awkward. One of my coworkers is actually fluent in sign language, but somehow, miraculously, he's never around where the deaf lady is! It's gotten to the point where he really wants to be there, and I'm sure it would be super relieving to her, but he's just never there

  • I've been watching your vintage style videos and stumbled across a few videos related to your hearing.Over the years, I have experienced numerous encounters with the deaf community.Most of it thru my employment. I spent 7 years as an aircraft mechanic and two of my coworkers were deaf.When I was new it was one of these gentlemen that trained me to do my job.I did not know sign at the time. We used a lot of hand gestures and notebooks to communicate. I watched him perform tasks and then he would guide me as I performed the same task.He was the most patient trainer and I learned so much from him.Eventually, I learned some ASL and a very job specific form of sign. The deaf community outside of my company would probably have no idea what we were talking about. After leaving that job I worked in a position where I encountered the public. I was able to utilize my (less than perfect )ASL and knowledge of deaf culture to assist clients at my new job.I would love to see ASL taught in schools as early as primary school.Currently, I have only known of courses in Junior Colleges near me.I love these videos and find them informative. Thank You!

  • I'm going on this thing called NCS and at the end we get to campaign for something and mine is getting BSL in to the school curriculum, I'm currently learning it and it's a beautiful language so it's something everyone should learn even if it's only the basics

  • I love the sign for PuB !! 🙂 ….I can't get enough your channel just found you girls last week love it thank you !!! From Australia !

  • I’d love for BSL to be on the school curriculum! I just finished my level 2 BSL exams and I found it really hard, but it is a wonderful language. I grew using SSE with my grandma and it’s so different to BSL. I’d love for our baby to learn sign language so fingers crossed I’ll be able to keep it up. I hope your friends and family get better at sign language – great idea what you’re planning to do! Good luck with it! And I love your sign language videos by the way, especially the LGBT one was very useful, as I couldn’t find many of those signs!

  • I've got a friend who has full hearing and is also fluent in asl and she signs while she talks, often without realizing that she's doing it

  • Thank you for making this video, Jessica! It has inspired me to learn sign language. I have a passion for language but as a hearing person I selfishly never thought much about signing. Thank you for educating me and others. You’re amazing💜

  • She's amazing! Genuinely inspirational. Not in a patronising way because she's disabled but because of the utter joyousness that flows out of her as she does everything. How can one not feel encouraged to learn sign after this? Personally, I intend to one day, when my health allows

  • I love this video! Thank you for inspiring me. My nephew is non-verbal autistic as is currently learning sign to communicate. Can you recommend any books/websites to start learning sign language? It’s so important to so many people, and I’d love to be able to communicate with everyone as best I can

  • Jessica you are one year older than me. Congratulations! You look fabulous. Maybe you could share your tips how you stay fit especially because you have difficulty in walking. Sorry for being so distant, I watch your videos and I am amazed. I just couldn't skip any of your videos and I am watching your channel since the beginning of this year

  • I took 2 semesters of ASL in college. I loved it because my teacher was deaf and he had an interpreter. What I was surprised to find was that sign language is a lot less intimidating then it seems. Having a deaf teacher, we didnt learn from textbooks but just learned by doing. I found that learning ASL can actually be fun and you can often be creative and inventive while signing. I encourage others to take a class!

  • When I was in primary school there was a sign language club on at lunch times once a week that I used to go to. I remember pairing up during the lessons and having conversations about going on holiday and stuff. Can't remember half of it nowadays, but I am looking to learn properly now. I found a cheap online, self paced, combined level 1 and 2 course through the website Ofcourse, but I'm rubbish at keeping up with it plus I think it's really hard learning a language on your own.

  • All righty then, I’ll learn BSL, The world wants me to learn it , so great, p.s., I actually want to learn it

  • I was born with unilateral SNHL (or nerve deafness) in my right ear. Until age 13 or so I wore a hearing aid (that greatly helped) but stopped because I felt embarrassed. (And the squeaking!) Now that I'm 21, my hearing has gotten progressively worse and I want to 'get in' to the Deaf community but feel so left out/like I don't belong in the HoH/Deaf community 😭 I'm so glad I've found your videos, greetings from the US! ♥️

  • I’m learning ASL at school and BSL on my own. I use PSE and SSE more often because as a hearing person it just takes longer to translate the words if they are “out of order” as in different than how a hearing person would form a sentence.

  • I've just started learning Auslan (Australian Sign Language) this year and while trying to find signing YouTubers i came across you! Your channel has helped me understand the deaf culture a lot more from the perspective of someone who lost their hearing gradually, and you have definitely given me the inspiration to keep up in my studies and to push my signing skills further!

  • Hi Jess! I'm from the States and for the past 3 or 4 years I have been learning ASL on my own. I teach art in a local studio and we work closely with the local school for deaf and HH. Recently I have gotten a lot of comments from students and artist that come into the studio and see me signing with the deaf or HH. I always get things like "Wow that is amazing. How did you learn to do that?" or "That must be hard." I always feel like an alien or something because people stare at me while I sign. I love the deaf and HH community and want to be closer! A lot of our local deaf people feel left out and forgotten. Which is why when they come in and I notice they are deaf or HH I always make a point to sign and ask if they want to sign instead. Most of the time their faces light up knowing there are hearing people who know sign!
    I love you videos. Keep up the great work.

  • Great information. My local school district started offering ASL as a foreign language option as part of the High School curriculum here in the San Francisco Bay Area (California). My nephew took a couple years but I missed out! Also, I have a deaf cousin (born totally deaf due to my aunt becoming sick during her pregnancy), and none of us knew sign growing up, so we just used lip reading, a few standard signs, made up signs and writing. If we had been educated through videos such as this, I believe he would have been less 'isolated' at get-togethers.

  • I am hearing impaired(deaf/hard of hearing since born) and my parents are deaf. So i have to use sign language to communicate with my parents especially with my father. Ever since young, i learnt sign language from my father who speaks fluent ASL(im not very good at ASL😂) and probably know other sign languages quite alright. I even had a sign language book that i could learn from(but too lazy to use it😂). I can speak but not clearly because i tend to mispronounce words as my hearing of words may be different from others. So whenever people cannot hear me or get me, i usually write on paper or type on my phone. And yes i really need subtitles😂 especially on those english speaking videos.

  • I have always wondered if your disabilities affect your signing, particularly when you have weakness in your hands. How have you handled that situation? Thank you!

  • I kind of am picking up the BSL, but I will admit….I like the ASL letter spelling better…sorry. I do however, like the merry christmas one better and the we wish you a merry christmas song better.

  • Thank you so much for this video. I've been thinking about learning BSL for years after I met a friend at Uni who was profoundly deaf. Her experience at university was so bad. There was very little provision made for her. I taught my twin daughters adapted sign language so that they could communicate with us before they could talk. It was such an eye opener! You have inspired me to take the plunge and sign up for BSL Level 1! x

  • +MissJessicaKH Fabulous advertisement! The only significant hearing issue I have as of September 2018 is the occasional jamming effect of tinnitis, not that much of a distraction for an instinctual singer-musician like myself but a major hindrance indeed to some. Sign languages can be tailored to different environments. For a future live presentation as a notional example, I could use ASL to cue an offstage technician to lighting scenes and/or videoclip playback and not break speaking stride on the audience. Sadly, sign language was not an in thing back in the 1980's either at Acalanes Union High School (Lafayette, CA, USA) or at Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA, USA), and work conflicted with subsequent potential study opportunities. Still, this vid is an appropriate promotion. 😉

  • I am taking an ASL class starting tonight and am very excited. I've wanted to sign since I was a kid who had a friend in school who was deaf. We never learned in school, (which was very disappointing since we had a large population of deaf students) but better late than never!

  • I love this! I’m a totally hearing 16 year old with 0 deaf people that I know but I’m DESPERATE to learn BSL. I’ve taught myself as much as I can with online tutorials but I’m struggling to get practice. I’ve contacted the charity for my country but even then I’m still not having much luck. Having sign interpreted videos like this is v helpful. I love your channel and can’t wait for more content! X

  • I first learnt basic sign language in primarily school and it made me realise my passions. I am currently studying to become a paediatric nurse and I am looking into specialising in working with children with special needs/complex disabilities/deaf/blind. So I've been trying to learn sign language, and had the chance to practice it with people with autism and who are dead in a recent practice placement, I really enjoyed it and look forward to becoming fluent in sign language!

  • Hi, my hearing is currently diminishing in one ear and if the other begins to do so, too, I am diving even further into this world then I already have! I'm 14 so it's a little scary for one ear to be almost noiseless most of the time but yeah.

  • I love the idea of calling people to make more of an effort! BSL was taught as an after-school club in my primary school and I thought I'd never need it (even though several of my family members are HOH…) so I didn't bother. Now I'm trying to forge a career as an audiologist and I'd love people to keep me accountable in learning!

  • I know I’m super late to this but I LOOOVE when you sing in your videos!! I learn from watching and even though I know I can’t just look at sign language and pick it up, I know it’s a start. I learn English that way, watching movies in English with Spanish subtitles.
    I always wanted to learn sign language, I think it’s a wonderful idea to include it in the school’s curriculums, it should be done world wide.

  • I’m deaf in one ear and I use sign language a lot. I used to think I was the only single sided deafness. I look up to other deaf people!

  • I found this video interesting because at my middle school there was a blind and deaf program (there were no blind kids though) so we were around deaf students and their interpreters all day long. That program was also in my high school as well as ASL being a popular language course.

  • As a child Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan were my heroines. I have always wanted to learn sign language. But it wasn't readily available. Now I am married and live in Slovakia. My brother in law is deaf. ASL would not help us communicate but if I knew ASL, Slovak sign might be easier. I love when you sign in your videos.

  • I want to learn ASL. My husband and I have ASD II and sometimes selective mutism is really helpful for us. If we could communicate without having to speak (and not just via text) then that would be really relaxing. Also it would be great to be able to speak to people with hearing impairment.

  • My middle school gave us one year of ASL, but all I remember of it is how to spell. So if I ever need to communicate with it, I will be able to, but it'll be very, very slow.

  • Adding sign language to the curriculum seems like a wonderful idea! Unfortunately I don't think I've ever had the option to take a class on it where I'm from.

  • At the age of 10 i became ill and because of wrong medication i lost my hearing for 2 month, i was realy scared that time, no voice just nothing…

    It was hell for me, i grow up with french, vintage music, music is still for mesomething like breathing, i was litterly in pain without music, i had quite lonely childhood and music was my only and one escape from loneliness, its still like this… i had nobody around me (still dont have) who cant hear, so i felt realy alone, nobody talked me, they were doing dumb things with hanfs thinking they knew sign language so i became determined to learn sign language, that time i was learning turkish one but now just yesterday i started learning British sign language❤, with you i learned many things, you are my idol, also i still cant hear that clean so i try lip readying and it works.

    I love vintage, i am lesbian and i just adore you, also my brother which is 10 ysars old i showed you to him and he said miss Jessica looks like a fairy tail character, she is soo elegant and beautiful, he draws realy good hut does it very rare, only that times when he has new idol? and is inspired? he said he will draw you soon, i will send it to your instagram, hopefuly you will see it, sending you
    lots of love from Georgia, tbilisi🇬🇪❤💫

  • I'm not deaf and not near to it but i have been so amazed by sing language that i learn by myself with YouTube video i hope that in the future i can help others

  • I have actually planned teaching my children Sign language (I am not deaf, my boyfriend isn't either I don't even know any deaf people) It is in fact a language that children can learn earlier than talking, so I thought "great!". But now seeing your videos I think it is even more important, just in case they one day meet a deaf person, so they will be able to communicate with said person.
    I remember once seeing a young deaf man at the train station, people were coming to him and trying to ask him for directions and he just made the sign to say he was deaf and people got kind of upset with him, why he wouldn't just talk to them and so on… It made me so sad but I did'nt have the time to go and help him because my train came at that moment… I regret it to this day… Well I hope that my future children will be able to communicate and help in such a situation! (>o<)/

  • I learned the ASL alphabet from a book when I was a child, and then taught it to my mother, who went on to teach it to every kindergarten student she had for the next 20 years. This is within the ability of every 5-year old and I don’t know why it’s not standard curriculum. It’s not the most efficient system for communicating, but it’s at least a start. And of course I taught all my friends so we could pass messages in class! 🙂

  • I learned ASL in grade school, because it was an after school program that I could get into so I didn't have to be home alone until my parents got home from work. I've kept up the alphabet, but have forgotten most of the signs. 😭 Story time! I remember talking to a friend, on a public bus, using sign language because the bus was noisy. There were two boys sitting across from us, making fun of us. My friend got off the stop before I did so, when it was my turn to leave, I looked those boys right in the eyes and said "Not everyone who signs is deaf." Their faces went pale, and I got off the bus. Never saw them again, but I felt vindicated that I taught them something valuable that day.

  • my primary school taught us BSL, we would learn signs to songs and i had interpreters in all my classes. years later, i still use BSL, my primary school friends and i often communicate in it and i’m still super interested in learning more!

  • Autie here. I sometimes go non verbal during times of stress, so I find Sign Language as an option of AAC. I know a bit of the one in México, my country, but, honestly, i Guess i should learn BSL because well… English is WAY more spoken than spanish. And I want to engage with disabled (according to the social model of disability, Autism is a disability) community all around the world. I AM certified un Cambridge English, but would love to see BSL included!!! ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️,❤️❤️❤️❤️ Best wishes for you and Claudia.

  • I understand the whole thinking you are the only one thing. I’m 15 and I have 50% hearing loss in both ears.

  • You've inspired me to make a channel about being deaf my mom said maybe I can when I first asked her I said "can I have a YouTube channel? " She said "no" Then a couple months later I come across u and then I say "mom ur probably gonna say no but can I have a YouTube channel about being deaf this girl inspired me" She said "maybe"

  • Sign language classes are free and available in my home town of Zagreb, Croatia👍 A few of us took it out of curiosity and usually the majority of students aren't deaf or otherwise involved in the deaf community at all. It was a lot of fun actually!

  • Hi!! YES! I'm going deaf and I've been having a hard time learning ASL. It just is such a different way of communicating but I feel like I should (and have to) learn since my hearing loss is progressive. I hope the people in your life are starting to sign to you!

  • I have hearing loss from my old job (training to be a dog groomer) and my mom genetically has hearing impairment. When my allergies act up in the summer or my sinuses get stuffed up in the winter, my hearing is even worse. I had to learn to lip read because it's the only way I'll get through university, I want to learn ASL not only for myself but also to communicate with suprising amount of completely deaf people I come across every day. I wish it had been taught in school, we had a club in my high school but I never got around to joining, now that I'm hearing impaired I regret it.

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