I Speak American Sign Language

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 326 People

    I Don't Speak So Well, But

    Everytime I do speak, I learn something new, and I admit, I love the shocked expressions I see when I am able to communicate something. When I was a little girl, there was a deaf girl my mom used to watch in the nursery. She learned some basic signs, and my sister and I quickly...
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 4, 2012

    Learning

    I am 16 and wanting to expand me learning of American Sign Language... if anyone wants to video chat please let me know! ~Sarah.
    challege challege
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 3, 2012

    Interpeter For Nearly 15 Years...

    I was first introduced to the Deaf community and culture in 1989.  I was on a Queer bowling league in Columbus Ohio.  I met a cute, Deaf guy one week who was on the opposing team.  At the time I knew no sign language at all, other than the manual alphabet.  We...
    SDTerp SDTerp
    36-40, M
    1 Response Mar 8, 2008

    I speak American Sign Language.

    I proud of myself for teaching it to myself :)
    jocelynnM jocelynnM
    13-15, F
    Mar 7

    Definitely Not Fluent

    I have always known at some point in my life I would lose my hearing. Hearing loss runs in my family and I was diagnosed with it around 17 or 18 years of age. Around 48 years of age, it dropped off dramatically. I now retain around 3% to 5% of my hearing, which is really not...
    Dastrdly Dastrdly
    51-55, M
    Nov 7, 2011

    Hello Everyone, I Am New To Here

    Hi I am Shatoya. I was born deaf and raised use ASL whole in my life. By the way, I am forward looking talking with all you. Please feel free contract me here. :-D
    wshatoya wshatoya
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 14, 2012

    My Story

    It's kinda long so ill try to make it short. lol.  my grandpa was loosing his hearing since i was born lol. he's always told us to learn it so we could talk to him, then one day while we were eating a deaf family was sitting near us and my mother says i couldn't take my eyes...
    dixiechic06 dixiechic06
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2008

    This may I will graduate with my ASL,

    English-Interpreting degree! PAH! So happy to see the (cha) amount of people interested in sign language!
    HalfPerfect HalfPerfect
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 10, 2015

    I Love It

    I first got interested in sign language when I was about 8 years old. My cousin Cathy is deaf, and I was so jealous that her sister was the only one who could speak to her. So I took my mom's book from when she went to community college, and started teaching myself sign-language...
    Warmthoughtsofyou04 Warmthoughtsofyou04
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 20, 2008

    Neat

    It's awesome to learn.  My third cousin used to be deaf before she got surgery and I tried to get her to teach me some.  She was young and is in junior high and is sorta behind mentally...She used to text me and instead of using 'I' she'd text 'Me (blah blah)'.  I...
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2009

    Very Brokenly

    I would never claim to actually speak ASL because I only took one class while at my community college before transferring to my University. While I loved the class and did well in it even right after the class I couldn't speak with any sort of fluency. I tried to take Spanish in...
    ACuriousStudent ACuriousStudent
    26-30, F
    Apr 8, 2012

    Hello everyone!! I'm Laura

    and 20. I am currently taking ASL classes I was wondering if someone wanted to maybe help me better my signing. I am not looking to take lessons, I'm looking for someone to practice with over Skype a few days out of the week maybe to help better my skills I plan to get a license...
    Claura Claura
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 21

    I have been doing American Sign Language

    ever since I was 4 years old. I am not deaf but I have a hard time speaking. I can say a few words. I love doing Sign Language it Is so much fun and I enjoy it. I sign to my friends and family.. learning to speak with my hands is very...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 10

    I Am Tired Of Doctor Always Asked Me Can You Read My Lip.

     I do not always talk because person say What are you say.. he closer to my speaking. I tap on his shoulder. I do not talk and you need read my lip. My voice is fine.. but not right words.  WHY. WHY the people assumed that I can  talk I say >> I am not expert speech shutter...
    DeafPixie DeafPixie
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Jan 30, 2011

    Sign Language

    I'm hearing, and I've been signing for about 10 years now... I'm in college majoring in Deaf Education... My best friend is deaf, and I have a huge group of deaf friends that I hang out with regularly... My sign name is the sign for 'fish', but with the letter "T" :)
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Mar 31, 2012

    Letters By Hands

    For my entire life, I have been deaf and so I have always known how to sign and so has my entire family. Even though my sister and mother aren't deaf, they both still know how to sign and we always called it our secret language when we were growing up. When we had lunch together...
    deafdream deafdream
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 28, 2009

    Sylvia

    I once lived in an apt complex when I first moved from my parents home . There in the building lived a woman , she was deaf .. she would sit outside sometimes .. and not really talk to anyone , but was so sweet always smiling and waving . I found out she talked in ASL, she did...
    softkitti softkitti
    22-25, F
    14 Responses May 11, 2010

    I am currently self-teaching myself sign

    language and I would like to someone to help me, maybe over Skype so we both can sharpen our skills, if anyone is interested all of you have to do is ask.
    ReclaimerSierra117 ReclaimerSierra117
    18-21, M
    Dec 13, 2015

    In the Family

    i have two cousins who are deak and i love talking to them because they usually have the best stories i talk to them sometimes in sigh lang...but most of time they can just read my lips.
    noodlehead noodlehead
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Sep 22, 2008

    English Assignment

    When you're not passionate about something, it's extremely hard to write even a 100-word paragraph for school. After struggling very much with my latest English assignment, my teacher let me write about why it's important to go to Deaf fellowships instead (she knows that I want...
    KamikazePrincess KamikazePrincess
    16-17, F
    Aug 22, 2011

    Visually Impaired Interpreter

    Hi, does anyone know of an ASL interpreter who has only one functioning eye? I just want to find someone who is so that my girlfriend may have someone to talk to about it. She is doubting her skills because she is missing one eye and feels that she may not be able to adequately...
    pieunice pieunice
    22-25, F
    Sep 24, 2013

    I Love Asl, And The Deaf Community <3

    I learned sign language when I was placed into the school for deaf and hard of hearing (pre school) Began learning at age of 5 all through high school. All my friends from elementary were deaf/HH. When I was in middle school, I got so good at ASL I taught younger deaf/HH kids...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    May 15, 2012

    They Were The Only Ones Saying Anything!

    i saw a couple on the bus today communicating with ASL. The whole bus was quiet, and it struck me as amusing that they were having such a vivid, colorful, expressionistic, BEAUTIFUL conversation.  The gestures were big and yet intimate at the same time. It was really cool to...
    johnnybliss johnnybliss
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Jul 19, 2011

    Hearing Grandma of Mikie, My First Grandchild

    My daughter, Selina has three kids. Mikie, Andrea, and Elijah. Mikie just turned 9 years old the other day. He is my first biological grandchild. He was born with Noonan's Syndrome which includes a bunch of issues, i.e., heart issues, profoundly deaf (only 1% of Noonans...
    MyToysSign MyToysSign
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Jun 17, 2009

    Having To Fingerspell Out Everything.

    Basically, because there are no signs for the words I want to say so I just fingerspell them out. Most deaf people don't understand me, and my own husband is hearing and a RUSTY signer. You know some people could learn sign language as if they're built for it, and some people...
    ChandaMija ChandaMija
    26-30
    Oct 30, 2012

    I Learned ASL 8 Years Ago

    I was living in a group home for 9 months and I would watch the interpreters while we were having groups or whatever we were doing that needed to be translated and picked it up enough to have full conversations with the kids in the deaf housing unit by the time I left. It's been...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jun 16, 2013

    Wasn't Born Deaf, Became Deaf, And God Gave Me A Miracle

    When I was about 6 I went to Hawaii with my family. I was in the ocean on a boogy board and I was about 300 feet away from the floating trampoline. Then this huge wave came and I was like "oh I'll swim under it, but my boogy board wouldn"t come loose of my foot and when I tried...
    Froggy6 Froggy6
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Apr 8, 2012

    I Learned To Sign By Accident!

    At the end of high school (only a year ago), I was looking to go to university for acting. However, by the last semester, I was getting very nervous, unsure, and the emotional turmoil of teenhood began to make me doubt my decision. Between wanting to actually eat, all the soul...
    jdtroughton jdtroughton
    18-21, M
    Apr 25, 2011

    Just Beginning

    My sister took Sign Language 101 last semester, and came home and showed it too me, and from then on I was hooked. I am now almost done with Sign Language 101 and still love it. I want to become an interpreter. I find sign language to be an easy language to learn and can't wait...
    Kylexy18 Kylexy18
    18-21, M
    1 Response Nov 10, 2012
    Changedlefty Changedlefty
    16-17, M
    1 Response Dec 7, 2013

    Webchat With Signers

    Anyone want to Webchat to practice their ASL?kevved
    kevved kevved
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2011

    I Loved A Deaf Man

    I made a close friend in High School that was deaf. She taught me to sign. We spent yrs. as friends. i started dating her boyfriends brother (they were both deaf) I had to get pretty good at sign since my hang out group were all deaf.
    cowgirl46 cowgirl46
    46-50, F
    Jul 14, 2011

    I have been self teaching myself sign language

    for 2 years. I have quite recently made the acquaintance of Kay. She is a deaf girl at my high-school. I was so happy to learn she was fluent in ASL because now I can learn from someone directly. I can have basic conversations, but she is a very nice person and a wonderful...
    CatchRelease CatchRelease
    16-17, F
    Feb 13, 2014

    I've Been Around It My Whole Life!

    I Love To Speak Sign Language, On My Mothers Side It Was a Primary Language Since My Grandparents Were Deaf. All My Uncles & Aunts Speak It And My Cousins As Well. but Since My Grandma Died When I was 7 And My Granddaddy When I Was about 14 I Never Really Knew All The Signs...
    WonnieMarie WonnieMarie
    16-17
    Mar 14, 2008

    From Way Back

    I've been speaking ASL for a long time.  I learned it in college, and then used it extensively when I went to a church that had a large number of people who were deaf.  Then when we adopted Brit, it became a large part of her life since we were the ones to teach her...
    gdgtgrl gdgtgrl
    41-45, F
    Apr 5, 2009

    Funny story, I actually learned sign language

    so that I could teach it to my deaf boyfriend who for some reason never learned. Now we are fluent and it helps a great deal. He was born hearing impaired and used hearing aids until about 3 years ago when he got knocked out doing MMA and it blew out his right hearing. Totally...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jun 7, 2015

    Asl

    I have been practicing ASL for many years. I have been looking for people to sign with but have had no luck. So one day I hope to learn to speak ASL fluently.
    beckaelyse beckaelyse
    18-21
    Mar 8, 2012

    hello I am 13 and learning asl.

    I'm able to have a conversation. but I don't have anyone to have a conversation with. if anyone my age or older is willing to Skype with me and have conversations in asl, please message me. thanks
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Apr 28, 2015

    I try. I take ASL at my school it was one of my

    fun classes this year that I took just cuz I wanted I know not for the grade. Anyways I really like signing with people. Someday I would live a friend who was fluent in it. I also would like to talk to a Deaf person in sign language. Mind you I have a very limited vocabulary. I...
    KateTheStraightedge KateTheStraightedge
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 17, 2015

    "sign Language Expert"

    "Sign Language Expert"? Many of you may think this mean someone who can sign fluently or are a translator for deaf client. When I say this, it is not a compliment at all! No deaf person would call themselves that and professional translator certainly wouldn't call themselves that...
    Aces84 Aces84
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 18, 2012

    Need ASL Grammar Help

    Hi. I am writing a script for an infomercial for my Intro to ASL class. Our topic is a Forever Lazy snuggie blanket, for those of you who are familiar. I am having trouble with the grammar. I want to say, "When I tried to grab food from the kitchen, my blanket always fell. I...
    atm2011 atm2011
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 16, 2013

    If anyone wants lessons

    or such I can try and help :)
    jocelynnM jocelynnM
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Mar 21

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    This is my first post. And also my last. Welp, that's it.
    Jerz99 Jerz99
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Apr 21
    If you sign up to EP 2 then do not register any personal details I am just registering my screen name and email nothing more
    hereisme hereisme
    18-21, F
    Apr 21
    when you have third language, it's like an encryption to the people who doesn't know what you are saying. hohoho!
    yayepisoverimsad yayepisoverimsad
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 21
    Sun sign - Pisces Rising - libra. Not sure about moon sign.
    stargirl58 stargirl58
    31-35, F
    Apr 20
    Me and my Trump , hangin' out! it got pretty crowded so I started to pout He asked if I was down for something TALL so I asked "what?" and he said he'd build me a WALL! I...
    jasonBK1 jasonBK1
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 19
    and you are all equally worth it
    davidraccoon davidraccoon
    22-25, M
    Apr 19
    this is my 100th story ^_^ i just wish the last few were happier
    ilovepie12345 ilovepie12345
    16-17, M
    1 Response Apr 17
    I love learning how to read and speak different languages.
    hardthickandlong1 hardthickandlong1
    36-40, M
    Apr 16
    Even in the deepest love relationship - when lovers say 'I love you' to each other - we don't really know what we're saying, because language isn't equal to the complexity of human...
    Wantsfortomorrow Wantsfortomorrow
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 14
    To All My American Indian Friends ...NAMASTE !! I hope you are all doing good :)
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Apr 13
    i think ''The Shoos'' is an American band. they are pretty my favorite...i really love this band.. they put a lots of heart into their songs and performance,real musician who...
    genjiipiexx genjiipiexx
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 13
    I learned English five years ago and that has motivated me to keep learning more languages! It feels really good to develope yourself in something you, one way or another, are good...
    perlant perlant
    18-21, F
    Apr 13
    I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Apr 13
    I've always been a believer of this and sometimes I neglect to accept the truth. If it's not reciprocated, then it isn't real
    notAloneWithYou notAloneWithYou
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Apr 12
    Well, this is how much of a loser I am. The last person to talk to me just wanted me to get him cigarettes. I remember also I used to be funny, but then I had some problems with...
    Nickf20 Nickf20
    18-21, M
    Apr 12
    So far I know obviously English and a little bit of Spanish, but I also want to learn Portuguese and French and German would be pretty cool. But Spanish is one of main priorities...
    jaydamarie15 jaydamarie15
    13-15, F
    1 Response Apr 11
    General American English. 70% General American English 15% Yankee 5% Dixie 5% Midwestern 5% Upper Midwestern
    pandamagnolia pandamagnolia
    26-30, F
    Apr 11
    American Child Turned European Child-French is not my native tongue,English is, because I was born in the United States to a black mother and spent my first 6 years of life there...
    SurahsGrandGal SurahsGrandGal
    18-21, F
    Apr 10
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