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posted by [personal profile] jackandahat at 05:34pm on 12/04/2011
Those of you who can sign, how did you learn? I'm hard of hearing and I'm starting to try and learn BSL. At the moment I'm going from videos and a book - classes are expensive, and they don't start until September anyway. It made me curious how everyone else learned.
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posted by [personal profile] rising at 04:58pm on 12/04/2011
I was raised with a small amount of ASL, which I retained, so I'm pretty sure that's not useful -- BUT. When I decided that I wanted to more thoroughly learn ASL, there were some youtube videos and such that were 'lesson'-y and watching them was really good for my comprehension and such. Additionally, books, and going to signing events, once I was able to explain that my sign wasn't great but I'm learning. I did eventually take ASL 1 through 3, but having the actual signing environment was probably the most important.
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posted by [personal profile] jackandahat at 05:08pm on 12/04/2011
I think with any language, "doing" is better than studying, more helpful for retaining information. I've been looking into any local groups that might be an option once I can speak a little.
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posted by [personal profile] rising at 05:26pm on 12/04/2011
Right.

One thing that I really like is that most of the sign nights here (usually held at Starbucks or similar venue one night a month, varying ones around the region) are really, really friendly to people learning sign. If you ask someone to sign slower, they will, ask someone to explain a sign, they'll try and use other signs until you can grasp what the more complicated sign was.

I'm actually really sad right now because one of the biggest problems for me at the moment is that I'm working Friday through Sunday and therefore no longer able to go to the Starbucks sign nights that I'd been going to during the off season from work. Though there are people who sign at my work, and that's good practise too.

The other thing that really helped me was practising signing in front of a mirror as I learned new signs. It feels silly, and sounds funny as far as things to do, but you see yourself making the sign differently when you're in front of a mirror than you do when simply watching your own hands.

Also, although I'm not sure about BSL, one of the things that helped me communicate a lot more efficiently in ASL was learning some of the very basic classifiers, because then even when my sign vocabulary wasn't sufficient for something I wanted to say, I had the resources to describe it, in gesture and sign. For example, the ASL classifier for a person is the single index finger, and so even if I couldn't remember the sign for walk, I could gesture to ME and then HERE and then move the little classifier to indicate movement to THERE.

(Sorry if I go on or anything. If it stops being useful, just tell me to stop. :D)
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posted by [personal profile] jackandahat at 05:32pm on 12/04/2011
Going on is good! I like people talking, and this isn't something I know as much as I'd like to about.

Short version - I'm 24, been HoH since 6, my mother was a headcase who kept me mostly away from doctors/help and insisted I was just being awkward, so it took me until I was 23 and well away from her to even find out the extent of the damage. So I'm now playing catch-up on all the stuff I could have learned as a child. I have enough hearing to do things like watch films and enjoy music, but a lot of my talking-to-people is suplemented with lip reading, I struggle to use a phone.

...OK, maybe that wasn't the short version!

Sign nights sound like they'd be brilliant - social and learning sounds like a good combination to me.

Signing in front of the mirror is definitely helpful - I've been doing that a little bit in the bathroom mirror, practicing signs I've just been looking at on the computer.

I don't know much about things like classifiers yet, am still on the incredibly basic basics, but I'll bookmark this to come back to later, thank you.
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posted by [personal profile] agnosticnixie at 07:24am on 16/04/2011
I learned pretty much entirely with deaf friends, through contact with them. Immersion, basically - I went deaf gradually growing up so my parents didn't see the issue and I was mainstreamed.
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posted by [personal profile] jackandahat at 07:56am on 16/04/2011
I've just found out about a local deaf club - they seem to be mostly activity-based which is an issue, but it could still be useful, so I'm going to check that out. I've just moved somewhere new and I don't really know anyone here, hearing or deaf.

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