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To become a better fingerspeller, there are several ways to practice:   Slow and clear. It is better to be slow and clear is always better than fast.  The point is to communicate, not to trick the person with which you are communicating. Practice fingerspelling the names and phone numbers in your address book. Practice common prefixes and suffixes. As you get comfortable with fingerspelling, you will recognize patterns and how it feels. You will also realize easier ways to fingerspell that will reduce your finger movement. Do not punch your hand toward the other person or move your hand to the right or left while spelling. The only time your hand really needs to move is when you are signing double letters (e.g.. LL, MM, NN, DD, RR, TT, EE, OO, etc.).   The best way to fingerspelling is with another signer.

Tips to reading other's fingerspelling:   Read the word like you are reading a written word. In English, sound the word out rather than reading each individual letter. Use context. If you are talking about locations, the fingerspelled word may be a city or street name. Be prepared for numbers. Look for patterns.  Prefixes and suffixes are easy to spot.  ING, ED, LY, ER are common suffixes. Use your closure skills. Don't be afraid to ask the person to re-fingerspell the word, but don't expect the person to do it more slowly. 

My sessions are fun because it is hands on. I also have deaf friends that I can introduce you to when the lesson is over. I love to laugh and I will make this lesson laid back but I also have high expectations. I am also creative and if the student struggles than I use a more visual approach. I also send videos to the email and/or phone. I give fun and easy homework to make sure signs stick in the head.

Chapter 3 of Thomas K Holcomb’s Introduction to American Deaf Culture examines the populations that are encompassed within Deaf culture and the Deaf community, as well as the labels associated with these populations. Holcomb begins the chapter by explaining that being “hearing impaired” or deaf is not the same as being Deaf. The term “deaf” refers specifically to physical hearing loss, while the term “Deaf” refers to an individual who uses ASL, identifies as a member of Deaf culture, and is an active member of the Deaf community (pg 38). Holcomb goes on to explore the relationship between Deaf people and their hearing family members using Dr. Jerome Schein’s 90% formula. This formula explains that over 90% of deaf people have hearing parents, and 90% of those parents have no experience with deaf people. Deaf people also have a 90% chance of birthing hearing children. Of the hearing parents who have deaf children, 90% cannot effectively communicate with their deaf children... read more

For as long as humans have existed, Deaf people have existed. For as long as humans have existed, there has been prejudice against those who cannot hear. In the past 4 years, my understanding of this audism has been immeasurably expanded. I have come to realize that even today audism continues to thrive in America. This audism is evident in the minds of average American citizens. This audism is evident in the very cultural implications of American society. This audism is evident within the Deaf community. This audism is evident in the obsession of the American populace to attain “normalcy”. Within the first two sentences of Harlan Lane’s Do Deaf People Have a Disability? he introduces the startling concept that many people see deafness as a disability as “common sense” (2002, pg. 356). My first thought was that deafness equating to disability was neither a common nor sensible idea. As I continued to read, I began to consider how fully enveloped I am within the Deaf community... read more

Hello!   My name is Alli and (as my title suggests) I'm an ASL tutor who is new to WyzAnt.  I have a Bachelors degree in American Sign Language interpreting and have worked with children and teens in educational settings for many years.  I'm so excited to get to know some new students and help them continue their education in the wonderful language of ASL, as well as Deaf Culture.  If you would like to see videos of my interpreting work, or a video introduction in ASL, please let me know!  Also, if you have questions about specific signs, word choice, or ASL grammar, I would be happy to help.  My tutoring fee is low compared with most other tutors, and I'm always willing to lower my rate for students who are unable to afford tutoring.  I strongly believe that all people should have access to quality education, and I would never want the price of tutoring to stop someone from getting the services they need.  I hope to talk with all of... read more

American Sign Language is a fun language to learn.  It is not only the primary language for some Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons, but it is essential to learn for those persons who perhaps have lost their vocal ability or babies and toddlers who have limited vocal ability.   It is a fun language to learn individually and even more with a group.   Try American Sign Language (ASL) Today!!

Eye brows are up for conditional clauses, but how do you know when it's a conditional clause? It's easier than you think. First remember that a conditional clause in ASL is always at the beginning of a sentence. Then, all you have to do is remember these few easy words. If/Suppose When Happen Before After If any of the sentences start with one of these words, then it's a conditional clause. =)  Happy signing!

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