What to do when someone is signing too fast

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

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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Personalize Your Own Dictionary on ASLdeafined

You can now personalize your own dictionary on ASLdeafined.  Simply find the words you prefer in the dictionary. Once you click on a word in the dictionary, you will see “Add to My Vocabulary”. Click that. And all your words will be saved under the icon “My Vocabulary”. Then, if you want to review all of […]

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Help! I see Deaf People!

Help!  I see Deaf People! So now that you have some knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture, you will begin to notice more Deaf people around you.  Yes, they have always been there; you are just now becoming aware of them.  You may be thinking to yourself, “Self….what do I do?!  Do I approach them?  […]

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How Did All of This Get Started Anyway?

American Sign Language (ASL) would not exist if there were no need. Perhaps those of you outside the Deaf Community have sometimes wondered how people become deaf? Certainly there are a variety of conditions and situations that can lead to such things, but there are a few worth mentioning when answering that question. As you […]

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