I Can’t Find This Word! What Should I Do?

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 by paul

  We have a truly massive dictionary on our site- but what happens when you can’t find a word? After typing in the word you are searching for it will pull up potential matches and synonyms. If the word isn’t available you can request it- no really! It’s that easy! For a visual step-by-step, take a […]

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Dictionary

Posted on Jul 16, 2017 by paul

Our dictionary, consisting of THOUSANDS of videos, holds a few hidden secrets:   1. Sign variations and synonyms are shown at the bottom of each video. We have links to sign variations right at the bottom of the video! You can also find synonyms here.   2. You can add words to a list for review […]

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Study Tool Feature: Slow-Mo!

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 by paul

“GAH! This video is way too fast!! I’ve watched it 1,000 times! HELP!” Don’t worry! ASLdeafined has a handy-dandy feature to help you out: If you find a video is a bit fast, just select the box in the upper-left hand corner of the video and BOOM- you’re in business! Check out how helpful it is for […]

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Getting a Deaf person’s attention

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by paul

Although this seems like common sense, it’s important to reiterate the proper way to get a Deaf person’s attention.  Do NOT: throw things, hit, shove, yell as loud as you can, etc. to get someone’s attention.  Just like with a hearing person, treat them with respect.  All you need to do is a light tap […]

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Do’s and don’ts of passing through a conversation

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by paul

When two, or more, Deaf people are conversing there are do’s and don’ts regarding how to pass by.  In the examples below, Angela will show you the right and wrong ways to pass by. This is how you should NOT pass through a conversation…     Watch as Angela walks rudely in between Mindy and […]

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What to do when someone is signing too fast

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by paul

There may be times when you come across a person who signs at a faster speed than you’re use to.  Don’t panic, especially if you’re still learning the language.  Simply ask the person to slow down and remind them that you’re still learning. Watch as Kelly lets Diana know that she is signing too fast […]

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Eye contact in the Deaf Community

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by paul

Just like in the hearing community, it’s very important to maintain eye contact in conversations.  In the Deaf community, once you break eye contact you are no longer listening to the other person.  This is considered to be rude and disrespectful. Watch how Kelly loses focus and breaks eye contact with Diana during their conversation…

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Handshape Review – ‘C’

Posted on Jul 07, 2017 by paul

American Sign Language has many attributes and parameters.  Some of these parameters include location, handshapes, non manual markers, etc.  Today, we are going to take a look at handshapes.  Handshapes can get tricky at times- and today we are going to focus on the ‘C’ handshape! For a quick review, here are ten signs that use […]

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Interpreter Training Program Students

Posted on Jul 03, 2017 by paul

It is only right to recognize all of the future Interpreter Training Program (ITP) students.  I would like to thank them for considering the interpreting profession. Across the United States, we are in desperate need of interpreters.  I am so grateful for students who want to become interpreters for the Deaf.  And, even though many […]

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Learning ASL- What To Watch Out For!

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 by paul

There are a few great resources out there to help you learn American Sign Language, but not all websites are created equal! How do you know for sure you’re observing accurate Sign Language? How can we tell the difference? Before signing up for just any ol’ site, go through this quick checklist: 1. How old […]

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