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I Speak American Sign Language

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, F 1 Response Feb 4, 2012

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    About Love

             I have an crush ryan he is an intelligent,gwapo, and honest..........
    dantepayte dantepayte 13-15 1 Response Jan 7, 2011

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    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

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

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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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    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

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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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    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 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    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

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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 Jan 26

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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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    HEY, I guess i should explain why i love ASL. I'm not deaf or hard or hearing but i love the culture. Also i know how it feel to feel that your mouth fails you. I grew up not being...
    SugarSoul SugarSoul 22-25, F Jul 4

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    I'm still learning but I love sign language.
    LittleBeelzebub LittleBeelzebub 18-21, F Jul 16

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    My sister and I want to learn sign language, but we're nt sure how to go about that. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to post them. :)
    ssaini9999 ssaini9999 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am a deaf education major in college right now. Now that I can sign to and understand quite a bit I can't stop looking for opportunities to sign!
    krazykay20 krazykay20 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    I've actually been studying a little. One of my naturist friends is deaf.
    pardax pardax 13-15, M 2 days ago

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    that I have to relearn it
    NathansInTrouble NathansInTrouble 18-21, M Jul 6

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    'I think all girls are *****' 'Course they are. ' ' I want to have sex' 'Sex doesn't want you.'
    ray9725 ray9725 18-21, M a week ago

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    English, french and american sign language :)
    mairesequin mairesequin 16-17, F Jul 19

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    I know some Spanish but lots of sign language. (I believe sign language counts)
    cotygal123 cotygal123 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm not a Japanese but I've been living in Japan for couple of years so I can understand and speak the language. I also studied senior hs so here I was able to improved my language...
    iFuckenLoveYou iFuckenLoveYou 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    After Korean, Russian, Kyrgyz,and German. My mother and stepfather are Korean. I was born in USSR and grew up in Kyrgyzstan. I moved to Germany for university where I met and...
    DoonJi DoonJi 41-45, M Jul 3

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    hi. i have this problem. i want to be fluent in English especially in speaking. English is my second language, and i find it very difficult. In college, I finished Comm Arts I...
    mstud17 mstud17 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    hi. i have this problem. i want to be fluent in English especially in speaking. English is my second language, and i find it very difficult. In college, I finished Comm Arts I...
    mstud17 mstud17 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    Full blooded, lived on the "rez" most of my life. I can speak my languages and actively participate in our religious ceremonies.
    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 1

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    Yes, I'm half Yurok, and look it. I only speak a few words of my native language however. I dearly miss the Klamath River and the ocean, as I live in Nevada. For those...
    pakettle pakettle 66-70, M 1 Response Jul 15

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    GEMINI SIGN Gemini sign is the most intellectual sign. People of Gemini sign can promptly change work, dwelling, decisions and manners. Gemini sign is always surrounded with...
    Skylar2000 Skylar2000 13-15, F 5 days ago

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