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Signing With Babies And Children: You're Smarter Than You Think

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

You're Smarter Than You Think

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of learning another language?  American Sign Language can be easier to learn than you think.  There are signs that are signed the same with the exception that the motion is repeated or prolonged instead of staying still.  Also there are many signs that use the same motion merely changing the sign of the alphabet letter being used.  

So, see which signs you may already know and which signs can easily be added to your vocabulary.  You're smarter than you think by merely building your American Sign Language vocabulary with signs you already know.  I will list a few examples along with the ASL alphabet from www.fingerspellingalphabet.com.

Signs that require you to sign the same motion while changing the alphabet sign:
Respect- Honor
Aunt- Uncle (signs of relatives)

Signs that require you to merely use an alphabet sign with an added motion:
Colors
Days of the Week

Signs that require you to go from signing one swift motion to repeating or prolonging the motion:
Camp-Camping
Airplane- Flying

Many signs require you to know your alphabet.  So, for starters in your journey of learning a new language, learn your alphabet and enjoy learning a new language!


Written by Shawna Tran.

1 comment:

SignShine said...

Yes. Maybe finger spelling might be the most challenging, but it opens up so many other opportunities to know other signs!
Thank you for reminding us we are smarter than what we think!