Friday, August 2, 2013

Once upon a time...


I knew American Sign Language.
 
 
Betcha didn't know that?
Like all my languages I've ever learned (French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish.. and ASL), I didn't put too much effort into it and eventually lost it all.
Now, aside from Chinese which I could have practiced everyday with anyone around me, I chose not to because I dislike the Chinese language (and please don't lecture me about racism.. I am Chinese after all) and French... well, I never practiced French after high school. Spanish was a gone show and I was never really into it.
American Sign Language, however, was something I wish to continue. The hardest part was finding a community that I could practice with. I knew no one that spoke ASL and despite my researches, I couldn't find a deaf/hard of hearing community.
Since I lost majority of my memories of sign, I'm slowly starting to miss it. I'm considering taking part time classes at a local community college to gain it back and have people to practice with.
Once I pay off my current school debts :(
But, honestly, ASL is one of the most beautiful languages I've ever learned. It's actually not even that hard to learn. I highly recommend picking up ASL for those who want to learn something new. 

4 comments:

  1. That's so cool that you've learned ASL! What a blessing to be able to talk to so many people that live in a world where no one can really talk to them. I hope you have opportunities to use your skills. :-)

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  2. I'm learning to sign! I know a little but not enough to hold a conversation. Hopefully I advance soon.
    xoxo!

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  3. I picked up signed language (The australian version which is also ASL) in my last year of High School. It was my go to study thing in amongst my hardcore subjects to study.

    I never learnt much for sentences, just basic conversation and spelling.
    I hope you do continue, maybe you'll meet someone to chat with one day.

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  4. I find ASL so awesome. When I see people using it, I'm in awe.

    I personally dislike the Chinese language as well, despite being Chinese. It's so....brusque and sounds like noise.

    I do love French though (real French, not Quebecois French), it sounds so lovely.

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