Learning ASL – It’s a Wrap

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my *sniff sniff* last learning project post.

For my learning project, as many of you may know, I decided that I would be learning ASL. I thought that I would be able to learn the whole ASL language in two short months. I know, not a realistic goal. I thought that learning ASL would be a lot easier since I would not have to talk. Boy, was I wrong.

Learning ASL, in my experience, was just as difficult as learning any other spoken language. I found it difficult to position my hands properly and remember all of the signs. I also found it hard to properly position my hands to mirror the person in the video. I often get my lefts and rights mixed up and trying to mirror someone confuses me quite a lot.

I did not have a great goal for my learning project and in hindsight, I wish I would have laid out a better plan for myself to learn ASL. I also wish I would have found the videos from Sign Language 101 a lot sooner because they are great videos that easily teach ASL. I also really like the quizzes at the end of the videos.

From this learning project, I have come to realize the importance of having a physical teacher when learning something like a language. I would have preferred to have someone there with me to help position my hands properly and sign with me.

Even though I didn’t learn the whole ASL language, I still learnt quite a bit of ASL. In two months, I learnt a lot of signs and I recorded my progress each week. Below is a list of all of the signs that I have learnt over the past few months and blog posts that I had created to showcase my progress.

ABCs

Numbers and Colours

Body Language and Gestures

Pronouns

Conversation with Danielle

Common Signs and Phrases

Looking back, I have learnt so much in ASL and I would like to continue to learn more ASL, but maybe at a slower pace. I hope to finish all of the videos from Sign Language 101 and be able to remember all the signs that I have previously learnt. This may be the end of my learning project, but this is not the end of my journey of learning ASL.

Thank you for following me through my journey of learning some ASL. I hope that at least one or two people decide to try to learn ASL themselves. It is a great way to communicate!

Ashley Osachoff

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Learning ASL – Hello, Yes, No, Goodbye

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my learning project post! This week I have been practicing my ASL a lot! I had a conversation with Danielle earlier this week, which you can read all about on this blog post.

I had to learn a lot of new signs to prepare for the conversation that I was going to have with Danielle. I was planning on watching the third video from Sign Language 101 and thankfully it contained a lot of the signs that I needed to learn to prepare for the conversation with Danielle. The third video contained a lot of common sings and phrases that I could use in every day settings.

I really enjoyed learning the signs from the third video! Thankfully, I did not need another wake-up call when watching the video since I remembered most of my signs from the previous week.

The third video had A LOT of signs and phrases within it. There were over 70 new signs or phrases for me to learn. It took me a bit longer to learn the signs within this video, simply because there were a lot all at once. I took the quiz after only watching the video once and I did not do well. I decided to go back and watch the video over again to learn the signs. I also broke up the signs into three parts so I could focus on twenty to thirty signs at a time. I found breaking up the video made it a lot easier for me to remember the signs and phrases.

I made three videos for this post. I broke up the big list of signs into the three smaller groups that I learnt the signs in and recorded each of the groups separately. I found it a lot easier to record and edit the videos as well because they were so short. Here are the three videos in order!

Speaking of editing… you will notice something a bit different about these three videos and the video that I made with Danielle.

I decided that I would venture out of my comfort zone this week and tackle some video editing software. In my previous videos, I have been using pieces of paper to identify the signs that I was doing. I was getting kind of sick of cutting out and wasting all the paper. I thought it would be a good idea to challenge myself and try out something completely new. I downloaded Windows Movie Maker to edit the videos that are part of this post.

I found it really easy to use the Windows Movie Maker, but it is very time consuming to edit the videos. It took me quite some time to edit each of the videos and add in each subtitle for every word that I signed. But I have to say, the finished product is definitely worth all the effort. I am super proud that I didn’t get frustrated with the new technology and give up and go back to my old paper ways. I will be using this video software in the future for sure!

Thanks for reading my blog post! Sadly this is the last learning project post that I will be making for EDTC 300 before my wrap up post! Thank you all for following me on this journey! I hope you all have enjoyed watching me learn ASL and I hope that I have inspired at least one person to learn ASL themselves!

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – Not just Me!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog post!

This week I decided to try something different and have an ASL conversation with someone else! I decided to collaborate with Danielle Kelln from my EDTC 300 class. She is also learning ASL and Katia Hildebrandt gave us the idea that we should try to do a collaboration post since we were both learning ASL as our learning project.

Learning ASL by myself and only using technology has been difficult. I was excited to have the opportunity to communicate with someone else who is learning ASL. I knew that Danielle had been learning ASL for her learning project and that she was learning similar signs to the ones that I was learning or planned to learn. We decided that we would have a quick conversation over Zoom that we would record so everyone could see the progress that we have both made. We created the conversation ahead of time on a google document so we could practice before we actually recorded.

I am so glad that we had time to practice. I was planning on learning a lot of the signs that we would be using, but I did not know many of the signs prior to creating the conversation. I had to research a lot of the signs that we would be using. I also asked Danielle which app that she was using to learn ASL (she was using The ASL App) and I used it a lot.

I was really nervous for this conversation because I had to learn a lot of the signs for the first time. I searched through google and the ASL App to find all of the signs that I did not know. I used the ASL App for a lot of the sayings, such as “hello”, “nice to meet you”, “I am hearing”, “what” and “I am from”. I also used the third video from Sign Language 101 to learn the other signs that I did not know. The other website that I used was lifeprint.com to learn the sign “little”.

I practiced the signs a lot before we recorded the video to ensure that I could sign the conversation properly and be able to understand what Danielle was signing. Even though I practiced a lot for the conversation, I was still nervous when we were recording. I messed up a couple of my signs, but I ensured that I signed the correct sign before moving on. Even though I messed up a few signs, I am still happy that I tried to have a conversation with another person in ASL.

Here’s the video of our conversation! If you don’t want to watch the video, the Google Document of the conversation can be found here.

(My computer and internet connection was being very slow and cutting in and out when we recorded, so at some points I was signing fairly slow to ensure that my internet was working.)

I am glad that I reached out to Danielle to create this video. I feel more confident and motivated to learn more ASL. I would like to thank Danielle Kelln for taking the time to record the video with me! You should all go check out her blog as well.

In my next blog post I will be recording a video of myself doing some of the signs and phrases that I learnt from the third video from Sign Language 101.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post and watch the video. Comment below what you think about the video and the progress that I have been making. Go follow Danielle on Twitter and on her blog!

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – Pronouns

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog post that once again took forever to make. For this learning project, I decided that I would learn some pronouns in ASL.

I used the second video from Sign Language 101 to learn some pronouns in ASL. I really enjoyed watching this video and learning the pronouns, but I did not watch the whole video because I have already learnt the alphabet and the numbers, or so I thought. I watched the video from the beginning of the pronoun section to the end which included a quiz at the end.

So, the quiz kinda kicked my butt a bit.

The quiz at the end gave me a good wake up call. I did not recognize all of the signs immediately and when I tried to practice my alphabet and numbers, I forgot some of the letter and numbers. I forgot the sign for D, F, X, 10, 20, and 21. Luckily a quick look at my previous learning project posts and I remembered what the signs were. Thankfully this wake-up call was the kick that I needed to practice my signs more often. Most of the signs that I learnt at the beginning of my learning project are not commonly used signs that I can associate with everyday things. Luckily, I plan on learning more signs that I can use and practice throughout my day to day life.

After the good kick in the butt, I have been practicing my signs when I am in the passenger seat on the way to and from work. This week I also learnt fourteen pronouns in ASL. I found it a lot easier to remember the pronouns because I can use them more often in my daily life. I also noticed some patterns within the pronouns, such as “ourselves” is the same motion as “we” but with a thumbs up. The patterns that I found made it a lot easier for me to remember the pronouns too.

Below is a video of me signing the pronouns that I learnt this week.

Could you guess any before I showed what they were? Comment below if you did!

Next week I plan on using the third video from Sign Language 101 to learn more signs that I can use in daily life. I also hope to stop using paper to describe what I am signing and I am working on figuring out how to use a program, with the help of my brother of course, that will allow me to add words into my videos!

Thanks for reading my blog post!

Ashley

Learning ASL – Gestures and Body Language

Hello everyone and welcome to my learning project post!

So, I am a terrible procrastinator and this blog post is much later than I wanted. But I finally did it!

In my last post, I stated that I was going to watch both lesson one and two from Sign Language 101, but the first video was very different from what I expected. So, instead of using both videos in this post, I decided that I would only blog about the first video in this post. I will create a small post about the end of the second lesson or add it onto my next blog post (which should be posted soon).

The first lesson is titled “Gestures and Body Language” and I thought that it would be about signs that represented gestures such as hi, hello, goodbye, etc. However, this video was more of an introduction video to the rest of the lessons. This video talked a lot about what is to come in the future videos, some common gestures that a person can learn if they forget a sign, and the importance of body language and facial expression when using ASL.

This is the video that I watched.

So, after watching the video, I realized I should have watched it first before I learnt any ASL.

I did not realize the importance of facial expression and body language when using ASL. It made me rethink the way that I was signing and my lack of facial expressions. I also realized that ASL is a two way language and that I need to learn how to understand what other people are signing as well as learn how to sign myself. I liked that this lesson introduced a lot of gestures (and some signs) that I could use if I forget the sign for something. I also realized how important my facial expression is when signing. For example, I cannot be smiling when I want to communicate that I am angry.

I really enjoyed watching and learning from this lesson. There was a lot of gestures that I was introduced to. Some of these gestures are the actual signs for the word, while others are gestures that get the message across when someone forgets the sign. For this video, I decided that I would do the gesture first, then hold up the paper that states what the gesture means. I challenge everyone that is watching the video to try to guess what I am communicating before I put up the paper. (I promise I will give you enough time to guess it).

Here’s the video!

Well, how’d you do? Let me know in the comments section how well you did and if any gestures stumped you.

I really enjoyed Sign Language 101’s first video lesson. I liked that it had the quiz piece at the end so that I had the chance to test my knowledge of what I just learnt. The test at the end also gave me the chance to read another person’s signs. I wish I would have watched this video at the very beginning of my learning project, but hey, better late than never. I found this video very beneficial and I will be using the other videos to learn ASL.

For my next post, I want to have the signs for pronouns. I also would like to watch and learn the signs from the third video from Sign Language 101.

Thanks for reading my blog post! Comment below your thoughts on my videos and any tips that you have on my signing. I’d love the feedback. If you aren’t already, follow me on Twitter @MsOsachoff

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – Numbers and Colours

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my third blog post about ASL!

For this week, I decided that I would learn some numbers and colours in ASL. I thought that learning the numbers in ASL would be as easy as learning the alphabet. Boy, was I wrong.

The ASL numbers have a lot more rules than the alphabet. For example, when signing numbers one to five, I have to have my palm facing myself, not towards the other person. Trying to remember which way my hand had to be facing was pretty difficult for me. I continued to get mixed up with which way my hand had to be facing when I signed number eleven to fifteen.

I used a YouTube video to help me learn the number zero to thirty in ASL. I used it a lot. I watched the video at least five times before I finally figured out how my hands should look. I think that I finally have got them mastered, but I know that I still stumble on the twenty-one, eleven, and ten. Here is a video of me showing my skills. (Dexter, the dog, wanted to help me film the video this time and you can see his nose a few times throughout the video.)

Dex (Dexter) the dog

After I learnt some ASL numbers, I decided that I would learn some colours in ASL. I used another YouTube video to learn the colours. I found a lot a videos on the internet for learning colours in ASL, but most of them were geared more towards children. I decided to use a different YouTube video and I found it really easy to follow.

Side note, this video is less than a minute and I watched it so many times. It was super quick, so I would suggest that anyone else planning on using it should be ready to pause a lot.

Learning some colours in ASL were a lot easier for me to master. I showed my parents some of the things that I learnt and my dad pointed out that a lot of the colours, such as blue, purple, and green were the first letter that the colour started with, but moved. For example, blue is the letter “B” in ASL, but with movement.

Here is my video of the colours in ASL.

I have really enjoyed learning ASL these past two weeks. I continue to practice the ASL alphabet whenever I can. I also practice the numbers and colours too.

My family and friends are learning some ASL at the same time because I show them what I learn every week.

Over the next week, I would like to learn some common gestures and pronouns in ASL. I will use the first and part of the second lesson videos from the Sign Language 101 website.

Thank you for reading my blog post! I hope to see you guys next week. Comment your thoughts below or tweet me on twitter @MsOsachoff

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – ABC’s

I wanted to make this post much earlier, but due to an unexpected medical emergency with a family member I was unable to post until now. I had a bit of family that was from out of town over at my house and I was travelling to and from the hospital with them and sadly I was unable to focus on my learning project. Thankfully, everyone is okay and back home safe and sound. My house has been quiet for the past few days, so I was finally able to focus on my learning project!

Hello everyone!

After a week of craziness, I have finally been able to focus on my learning project! I wanted to learn both the ASL alphabet and some basic words by this week, but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I was only able to learn the ASL alphabet.

The ASL alphabet with five numbers

Photo Credit: anathea Flickr via Compfight cc

To learn the alphabet, I went to my most trusted learning tool: YouTube. I searched in Google “ASL alphabet” and I chose a video that looked simple enough for me to learn from. It was also the shortest and the first video that popped up on the Google search. I watched the video a few times and tried to follow along. I had to pause the video a couple of times and rewind it to try to figure out how to get my fingers to make the D (I kept putting my pinky up instead of my index finger), K, and P, but eventually I was able to memorize the alphabet.

After initially learning the alphabet on Sunday night, I kept practicing it from memory when I had the time (while watching TV, on my way to the gym and while sitting in bed). I practiced a lot on Sunday and I thought I still had memorized all the letters perfectly, so I thought I would put what I had learnt to the test. I decided that since I was watching my boyfriend’s younger sibling, that I would teach him the alphabet.  Thankfully he was totally game to learn how to sign the alphabet and then later learn how to sign his name. He even agreed to help me with my video and show everyone else what we learnt.

He’s only eleven and had a long day when we took the video so he’s kinda sleepy at some points. Also keep in mind that he only learnt the alphabet an hour before we made the video.

I was insanely impressed with how quickly he was able to pick up on the signs! He did such an amazing job and was really patient with me, even when I had to really think about what some letters were.

So, I may have forgotten what the sign was for F and I had to Google it after I went through the alphabet with him the first time and totally blanked on what F was.

Here’s a video of him and I doing the alphabet together!

I want to send out a special thanks to my boyfriend’s little brother for being a great sport and learning the alphabet with me and to my boyfriend for recording the video of us!

Thank you for taking the time to watch my video and read through my blog post. I’m hoping that by next week (as long as there’s no more unexpected family visits) that I will master the alphabet and learn ASL numbers, colours and some other basic signs such as yes, no, maybe, etc.

See you next week!

Ashley Osachoff