How Did All of This Get Started Anyway?

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 by paul

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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I KNOW THERE ARE INTERPRETERS OUT THERE, BUT WHERE DO I FIND ONE?

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 by paul

Our last few blogs had to do with taking advantage of online tutoring and hopefully inspiring you through humor to finally learn American Sign Language. Yet, let’s say you already know American Sign Language as a deaf person in a hearing world… what then? Many of you may have wondered how deaf people arrange interpreters […]

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TOP 10 REASONS to LEARN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (and encourage your friends to too!)

Posted on Jun 09, 2012 by paul

10. You can have a conversation across a room during a meeting or some other boring event and no one will know. 9. You can gossip about people right in front of them and they won’t be the wiser. 8. You can sign underwater with a fellow (signing) scuba diver. 7. How else will you […]

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LIVE ONLINE TUTORING! Coming to a computer near you…

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by paul

Since we just released the news that we have now gone mobile, it seems appropriate to blog about something even more exciting… our American Sign Language online tutoring program! This is a unique opportunity for ASL learners to connect live with an expert. Now you can accelerate your progress with our website lessons by working […]

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Ipad + ASLdeafined = Compatibility

Posted on May 17, 2012 by paul

ASL Deafined is now iPad friendly! Of course, we’ve always been friendly toward iPads and any other new technologies, but we’re VERY excited to announce that ASLdeafined.com can now be smoothly interacted with on a tablet device. It is a portable sign language tutor in your bag! No excuses for delaying on your next lesson […]

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Synonyms…Why do they matter in American Sign Language (ASL)?

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 by paul

One misconception about American Sign Language is the belief that there is a sign for every word. However, unlike the English Language, ASL is based on communication through concepts. One example is the word “car”. There is not a specific sign for “car,” rather, the interpretation of it could include several synonyms or related words, […]

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Technology Used by the Deaf Community

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 by paul

Some of you may be wondering what sorts of interesting technologies are used in daily life by members of the deaf community. There are some very creative technology tools for the deaf that coincide with the use of American Sign Language. For example, video phones! Deaf individuals used this type of technology long before it […]

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Autistic Children Benefit from Learning American Sign Language (ASL)

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 by paul

We have mentioned the benefits of learning American Sign Language (ASL) for many different populations (general, toddlers, etc.), but some may not consider how positive the experience can be for those with special needs. With the rise of autism, the need for communication with these individuals has also increased, and ASL can be a powerful […]

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Toddlers Learning American Sign Language? Great idea!

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 by paul

One population that may be overlooked when it comes to thoughts about American Sign Language is toddlers! That period in life is ripe for absorbing amazing amounts of information and engaging in active learning about the world, which of course includes acquiring language and other communication skills. What better time to learn ASL? Toddlers already […]

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Lipreading…Easy?

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 by paul

Earlier we spoke about general myths that many have about the deaf, and one area that people tend to have misunderstandings about is lipreading. As one might imagine, it is a very difficult skill to master. For starters, 60% of the English language is simply not visible on the lips, which places one attempting to […]

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