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I Speak American Sign Language

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    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

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    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 18-21, F Oct 16, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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 4 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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    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 16-18 Mar 14, 2008

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    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 13-15, F Feb 13

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    I learned to speak America Sign

    when I worked with someone who was deaf. I LOVE it there is something nothing cool then being able to communicate words through your body.
    northernlightsalaska333 northernlightsalaska333 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Changedlefty Changedlefty 13-15, M 1 Response Dec 7, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 2 Responses Aug 31, 2008

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    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...
    justme8903 justme8903 22-25, F Jun 16, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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" :)
    TaylorPaige425 TaylorPaige425 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 31, 2012

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    Webchat With Signers

    Anyone want to Webchat to practice their ASL?kevved
    kevved kevved 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 18, 2011

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    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

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    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 4 Responses Apr 3, 2012

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    "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 1 Response Mar 18, 2012

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2008

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 26-30 Feb 4, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I know a few signs. But I'm not sure in what language. The love sign, is the same American/English/French. But others aren't. I grabbed a few things, but very little, just watching...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F Mar 29

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    I want to learn ASL so bad! I wish I had a deaf friend to teach me. There's no better way to learn than doing it everyday.
    alexis05 alexis05 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    Study for four years. Was going to become an interpreter but life kind of got in the way. Kind of regretting not following through.
    kelgurl kelgurl 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    I believe learning foreign languages is a way to widen one's intellectual horizon. It makes you feel at home - when you visit countries whose language you can understand and...
    pois0nivy pois0nivy 36-40, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH. IT WILL SURPRISE YOU AND YOU GOING TO GET VERY MAD. HOWEVER, I AM GOING TO TELL YOU ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU DO NEED TO KNOW AND I DO NOT NEED YOUR...
    PreacherFoReal PreacherFoReal 46-50, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    In The Process Of Walking Into The Future Do Not Forget To Remember The Past Or You Might Be Doomed To Repeat It.As the patriots of the American Revolution watched the last of the...
    PreacherFoReal PreacherFoReal 46-50, M a week ago

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    English is not my native language but still I want to speak it naturally. I have always problem in expressing my thoughts using this language. I wish I could learn more. I am...
    chocogirl87 chocogirl87 26-30, F Mar 31

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    Ever heard of Esperanto? It's the language anyone from anywhere can learn! I just learned about it and wish they taught it at school. It'd be so cool for it to be the universal...
    mahnouls mahnouls 16-17 1 Response Apr 13

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    German and French are okay, and the great thing is communicating. I feel so pleased when I can get an idea across in another language. For those who do not speak English as a first...
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 46-50, M 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    Apart from my first language i.e Spanish, I can speak English and little of French. Since my love for world cinema, I watch a lot of foreign language movies and get fascinated by...
    Susana1985 Susana1985 26-30, F Mar 24

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    Right now I only know how to speak three languages: English, Filipino, and some Spanish. But I'd like to learn more Spanish and maybe Italian too, and even Arabic. Maybe I'd like...
    emilesfault emilesfault 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    I grew up speaking English and Cantonese as simultaneous first languages and subsequently learnt Mandarin. I speak enough French to get by on but nowhere near fluent
    dlrannie dlrannie 22-25, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    My mother tounge is German, but I visit a special school, where I learn Italian, French, English (obviously ;-) ) and Spanish (since 1 year - I can understand it a little bit, but...
    diamantenvogel diamantenvogel 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Well technically I speak 3 languages since I'm Indian. But, after 7 years in Australia, my Indian accent is down to like 10% maybe 15%..very subtle. Still, it's always fun to just...
    zorogill zorogill 16-17, M a week ago

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    I don't get the whole proud to be American ,yes I liked it when I heard it come from George Carlin & as usual his logic is spot on. Its not an achievment being born somewheres I...
    bob350 bob350 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    I can speak Chinese and English fluently, and I'm doing Japanese and French in school. Languages seem to come easily for me so why not. I can't decide what language to do next, so...
    PinkChocolate00 PinkChocolate00 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Yes without borders, language and culture we are doomed. Each immigrant group brings their own little something to America but we must blend in like a melting pot. Every group...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 8

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    I speak some Spanish but I am not fluent and have a heavy American accent. I work in customer service and try to help my peeps but damn SOME of them are just rude and get upset...
    finallypresent finallypresent 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I love being able to speak another language. I was born in Bosnia, and raised in North America. My mother is a Muslim and my father is a Roman Catholic. I am proud of where I came...
    pomoc pomoc 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Bismillahirrahmannirrahim.. I wanna learn languages.. Anyone? Assalamuailaikum warahmatullahiwabarakatuh .. Kafaihalouk ya Saidi / saidati?.. :D Ana takallam Arabia loool :D...
    mixgirl83 mixgirl83 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 30

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    I study Spanish at school but I would like to learn Korean, Japanese, French etc because they seem like really interesting languages + I like the idea of being able to fluently...
    kittensjpg kittensjpg 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Ya they're like so awesome.....I'm so used 2 them u know like ya comes from Germany. I can speak Nepali,Hindi(being my native language),German,and I'm learning Spanish 😝
    fredlez2306 fredlez2306 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 13

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