Sign Language Lessons: Common Phrases : The Basics of Using Sign Language
August 7, 2019
Hello! My name is Melissa and on behalf of
Expert Village, today we’re going to be learning some basic signs, words, phrases in sign language.
Before we begin actually learning various signs, it’s important to keep in mind some
of the basics and to remember a few different things here. First of all, the sign images.
You have to realize that each of the signs that we are practicing are going to be displayed
from the viewers point of view, so your point of view. If you are signing to someone that’s
what it would look like to them, not so much to you. I will show you different signs from
my angle as well, but keep that in mind. It’s going to be displayed from the perspective
of the viewer, all of the signs we’re doing today. Also, facial expression is very important.
When it comes to sign language, you’re using your hands, your body language, you facial
expressions. Things like raising and lowering your eyebrows. Your face is an integral part
of sign language because you’re not using a spoken word. When we refer to things like
body language, facial expressions and body language is so important because you have
to think about your voice. When you raise and lower your voice the tone, the inflection
of your voice, adds meaning to the spoken word, so do things like body language and
facial expressions for sign language. That adds extra inflection and tones literally
to the words that you’re trying to express. If you’re angry or you’re surprised you do
that with your facial expression as well as your hands. Some important things to keep
in mind as we go into our various clips on words and phrases in sign language.