I’ve wanted to learn ASL for YEARS. I took Spanish during high school. Loved the reading part, hated speaking. I will never be able to roll my rrrrrrrs and I am oke with that. But, sign language, it requires no accent. No wincing as I butcher word after word. Instead, I get to use my hands. Which I already wave around like a mad-woman, anyway. (Not saying that ASL is wave-your-hands-like-a-crazy-person. But, I like to express myself with gestures). Sign language is also an extremely vital language. And if babies can learn it, so can I!
So, after doing a bit of research on the interwebs. I have found a lovely youtuber named Rochelle Barlow. She even has a 31 day challenge for learning ASL. And I know we are all into doing 31 day challenges. I don’t know what it is about trying to learn something in a month. But, it’s addicting. And after watching her first video, on the alphabet, I was sold. It’s so much easier to learn by watching, rather than staring at a sheet. You get to see the physicality and motion of the signing. And that’s what I need.
Rochelle also has a website. Where she posts articles such as, “13 Things to Never Say to a Deaf Person.” She also offers a paid ASL service called ASL Done Right. Which I may look in to, after finishing the 31 day challenge.
Learning languages is something I always think about, and never do. But, ASL actually seems do-able, for once. And I’m really excited to try! I’ll try and keep y’all updated on my progress. But, I have a feeling, after spring break my language learning steam will dwindle into nothing.