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Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-05-19 23:42:55 Reply

(Name credited to Malachy for a more search friendly title.)

This thread is for people interested in ASL (American Sign Language) and deaf culture. I myself am not deaf, but am heavily interested in the way they do things, the way they communicate, and how they adapt to the regular world.

To avoid unnecessary questions, I will post what is likely to be asked and my answer to them:

Q: Why American Sign Language?
A: Because I'm American and it's similar enough to other variations.

Q: Why did you make this thread?
A: I have always been mildly interested with sign language and deaf people, but then I saw this poem written by a deaf person. This is what inspired me to start learning sign language and attempting to spread it to others.

Q: If you're not deaf, why bother learning sign language?
A: It's good to put on your resume, it's an interesting skill, and it helps you communicate to people that would otherwise be extremely difficult to understand. In addition to this, you can communicate without a phone or amplifier from large distances, and communicate underwater.

Q: Why put this thread on Newgrounds?
A: Simple. Most of the users on NG are young or potentially influential. If this club succeeds, I'm hoping for this to make a large impact in the hearing community, and expanding the deaf community.

Q: If we can't sign to each other, why bother?
A: We can post discussion and resources about our experiences, and videos on learning sign language.

Q: What is this thread about?
A: 1.) Sign language (Mostly ASL)
2.) Deaf culture
3.) Self-betterment

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-Respect the deaf
-Respect the members of this club. I don't care about personal problems on other forums or outside of this thread, in here we are all friends.
-Try to be productive

Resources

Youtube.com (Search ASL songs or lessons.)
Signing savvy is a great visual resource for words.
alldeaf.com is a forum to talk to deaf, hard of hearing, and sign language using people.

Feel free to post other useful links, tips, and stories.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-05-20 18:42:58 Reply

I've always found sign language interesting. Even more interesting, I've always wanted to have an entire conversation in sign language. It just seems like something I would like to do for kicks, although don't get me wrong I do respect the deaf.


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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-05-20 19:48:13 Reply

There's nothing wrong with learning sign language for fun. As a matter of fact I encourage it. Sign language is bad ass, especially when you can talk underwater or from far away.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-05-25 21:35:46 Reply

while looking up on YouTube, I came across some basics I would like to share:

1) Remember sign images will be displayed from the perspective of the viewer.
2) Facial expression i.e. raising and lowering eyebrows
3) Body language - much like tone, add meaning to words


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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-05-26 21:17:11 Reply

At 5/25/11 09:35 PM, Alfraydo wrote: while looking up on YouTube, I came across some basics I would like to share:

1) Remember sign images will be displayed from the perspective of the viewer.
2) Facial expression i.e. raising and lowering eyebrows
3) Body language - much like tone, add meaning to words

This is correct. It also makes sense, if you're saying, "I hate you," it would look weird to have a huge grin on your face.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-09 18:10:34 Reply

I'm actually deaf.
And i may be completely deaf before i reach adult hood :(
I am deaf in my right ear and i have tinnutus (look it up.)
It's basically when you hear static when you hear a certain tone. You hear the static instead of the frequency and it's freaken annoying and it hurts bad. :/
I do NOT know sign language becuase i am an idiot. When i go fully deaf i am screwed.
Its weird cuz i am an amazing singer :O


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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-09 18:35:19 Reply

At 6/9/11 06:10 PM, Jomillex wrote: Its weird cuz i am an amazing singer :O

We got a new Beethoven here :P

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-09 22:40:24 Reply

I've always been a bit interested/fascinated by sign language. Unfortunately, due to my laziness, I don't think I'd actually go and learn it unless I had someone to do it with.


I just released a short story about a Penguin who goes fishing. It's like Peter and the Wolf, but more self-critical.
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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-24 11:31:28 Reply

Due to the incredibly slow nature of this club (putting it lightly), I have decided to start a word of the day in it in an attempt to increase discussion and members. Remember that you don't have to be deaf or know anyone deaf to join, you just have to be interested in knowing sign language or about deaf culture.

For today, the word of the day is start.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-25 11:45:04 Reply

The word of the day is work.

For you music fans out there, here's a signing of a song from
Death Cab for Cutie- I Will Follow You Into the Dark.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-26 13:06:52 Reply

The word of the day is from.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-27 12:37:51 Reply

The word of the day is patience.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-28 14:46:45 Reply

The word of the day is sleep.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-29 13:49:02 Reply

The word of the day is what.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-29 15:24:59 Reply

Ah okay, word of the days. Good idea.

At 6/25/11 11:45 AM, ChainsawNinjaZX wrote: For you music fans out there, here's a signing of a song from
Death Cab for Cutie- I Will Follow You Into the Dark.

i'm actually impressed, nice find.


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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-06-30 17:38:12 Reply

At 6/29/11 03:24 PM, Alfraydo wrote: Ah okay, word of the days. Good idea.
At 6/25/11 11:45 AM, ChainsawNinjaZX wrote: For you music fans out there, here's a signing of a song from
Death Cab for Cutie- I Will Follow You Into the Dark.
i'm actually impressed, nice find.

Thanks, I found it to be more meaningful with the signing accompanying it.

The word of the day is speak.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-07-05 20:39:09 Reply

The word of the day is cold.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-07-05 22:51:02 Reply

The word of the day thing is kinda cool, but I'm gonna take a wild guess that most people on NG don't know anything about ASL grammar, cause it's totally different from English. So if anyone uses these words they're probably gonna use them wrong.

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Response to Asl And Deaf Culture 2011-07-06 00:55:02 Reply

At 7/5/11 10:51 PM, Squidbit wrote: The word of the day thing is kinda cool, but I'm gonna take a wild guess that most people on NG don't know anything about ASL grammar, cause it's totally different from English. So if anyone uses these words they're probably gonna use them wrong.

Grammar in asl is similar to Japanese spoken grammar, but about the word of the day; I got a PM from a mod saying they don't like it as it seems like an attempt to bump a stale thread, and therefore there will be no more word of the day until there is an edit feature, which there will never be.