Why Use ASL When You Can Talk? | ASL
August 17, 2019
[marker writing] [Pokemon game sound] Hello! Good morning! What’s up? I’m sick today. My throat hurts. My name is Rikki Poynter [sign name]. I’m a mainstreamed deaf person who has been learning ASL for the last two years. Last year, I made a video called… Actually, I forgot the title but it was about my interpreters cancelling on me. I needed interpreters for an event and they cancelled on me at the last minute. That video was in ASL. I was voice off in that video. I read a comment on that video that said something like, “Since you can talk, why not talk?” My answer is that, yes, I can talk and I have good speech, but if I’m using ASL, ASL doesn’t use voice. So why would I want to voice? SimCom is a bad thing to do. I don’t like using SimCom. So… I don’t do it. My first language is English. I like English. I like yelling, yelling swear words out loud. It’s fun, but I like ASL too. If I’m practicing ASL, I’m not going to SimCom. The only time I SimCom is if I’m with hearing and deaf people in the same room. Or if I’m livestreaming. But in videos, no. I’ve sometimes voiced a few words in videos, but… whatever. But I won’t do it in a full ASL video. So a message to you hearing folks out there: You guys have a lot of access in this world. You don’t need me to voice for you. I always have captions on these videos. Okay, there is one circumstance. Blind viewers benefit from captions or a voiceover, but I can’t do that. It’s difficult for me to do my own voiceover. So I have transcripts available if a video is in ASL. I like ASL and when I practice ASL, I’m not voicing. If you’re not a fan of that, I’m sorry. Is there anything else that I need to say? I don’t think so. I’m still fluent in English, so, yes, I will still voice in some videos. But I’m also going to do some videos in ASL. If you don’t like that, you’ll have to get over it. Just understand that there will always be captions on my videos, okay? If you want to follow me on my social media, links to that will be down below. If you want to support my work, links to Patreon and Ko-fi will be down below. I [try to] upload every Monday and Thursday. And I’ll see you later. Bye!