I’ve moved on to much harder signs now– the numbers 1-10. If you are anything like me, you might be thinking, doesn’t everyone count with their fingers? Wouldn’t it be the same in ASL? That’s what I thought. But in the beginning of the video it states that you only use one hand when signing most things. So then I realized I had a lot to learn.
Turns out it is still not all that different, just a rotation of the hand and holding up different fingers. I would say overall I mastered the numbers 1-10 fairly easily. I enjoyed the video because it was easy to follow and the little girl was cute. My favourite number to learn was 10, because it is just a thumbs-up with a little wiggle.
The second video I watched was called “25 Basic ASL Signs for Beginners.” I thought this sounded like an appropriate video for me to watch given my skill level. The video was good because it went through each movement about 3 times, and one time it plays through in slow motion. The only downfall was that it had no sound, and while you don’t actually need sound because it is sign language, I still enjoy videos that have audio aids to help guide me along in my learning. I also enjoyed this video because it didn’t just go over a bunch of different signs in a random order, but had it split up into category type styles.
I like this because not only does it show the most basic signs, like “yes,” but it shows them in a practical and real-life situation. It does this throughout the video, showing you what to do if someone you are talking to is signing too fast for you, or how to introduce yourself, and many other things that are useful for everyday signing.
I must keep practicing before I can upload a video of me signing, but that is my plan for next week. Hope everyone else is having as much fun with their projects as I am with mine! See you all soon 🙂