Good Morning, ASL Learners!

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 by HK Smith

All of us at ASLdeafined hope that this post finds you happy, healthy, wealthy and wisely ready to refresh your American Sign Language learning (or possibly consider signing up for our service if you have not tried it yet!) Although our blog has admittedly been quiet for some time, you can expect an increase of activity here sooner […]

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Where do we go from here?

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 by paul

There are many reasons that a person could decide to learn ASL, but one of the greatest benefits is being able to interact with the Deaf community.  Naturally I can only speak from experience with my regional Deaf community, but it seems that there are some traits that are universal.  Besides finding a group of […]

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Secrets, Secrets, Everywhere!!

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 by paul

Have you ever been in a situation where it felt like everyone knew something that you didn’t?  It was pretty uncomfortable, wasn’t it?  This is the world that Deaf people have to traverse every day.  They are surrounded by people having conversations, sharing information, telling jokes, and they are not included.  This can be an […]

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Help! I see Deaf People!

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 by paul

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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To be or….nope, not to be

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 by paul

One of the most interesting and unique parts of ASL is the fact that the verb “to be” is absent from the language.  This is something that you have already learned, but may not be aware that you know. For example: The sentence “I am going to the store” is signed as “STORE I GO”.  […]

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Deaf Culture #15

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

Deaf people use a videophone more often than seeing each other in person? This is true.  While the Deaf community is close knit, it is also spread nationwide.  You may meet a friend at a Deaf retreat, a convention, or simply on vacation that you may not see again in person for a decade or […]

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Deaf Culture #14

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

All deaf people use Hearing Aides? This is false.  If you have such a profound hearing loss that only the loudest of noises (think close range jumbo jet), a hearing aid would be completely ineffective.  Deaf people can have an extremely wide range of hearing loss, from very little, to profound.  Sometimes the hearing loss […]

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Deaf Culture #13

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

NTID stands for: National Technical Institute for the Deaf? True! NTID is located in Rochester, New York, and is one of nine colleges within RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).  Started in 1967, the school’s mission is to give Deaf and Hard of Hearing students a quality education in technological fields.  According to the website, nearly […]

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Deaf Culture #12

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

It is not unusual for deaf people to have difficulty with the English language? This is true.  The English language is incredibly complex.  We have words that look the same but mean different things, sound the same but are spelled differently, odd rules for pluralizing, and that’s just the beginning!  Add the fact that for […]

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Deaf Culture #11

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

Most deaf children have deaf parents? False.  Only 10% of deaf children have deaf parents.  The remaining 90% have hearing parents.  These children are more likely to attend a public school with a mainstream program, have an amplification device, and rely on oral skills, or Signed Exact English, as opposed to ASL. Working with a […]

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