I feel as if I am back in kindergarten. When was the last time I sang the alphabet? And when was the last time I had trouble counting to twenty? Oh yea, this week! Although I had previously learned much of the alphabet doing it all at once proved to be very difficult and time consuming. Counting was even harder. Sometimes I feel like my fingers just aren’t made for sign language because I definitely suffered a finger cramp or two trying to learn this week’s ASL.
Luckily I had some help via the internet. In the beginning I simply googled pictures of the alphabet in ASL. At 6:30 a.m on the bus I could be seen struggling very hard flashing what could be interpreted as gang sings while staring intensely at my phone.
Once the pictures from the chart were ingrained into my brain I found the funnest app for learning the ASL alphabet – ASL word search. Who doesn’t like a word search? I found that by incorporating learning into a fun app on my phone it made learning very easy. Quickly I became very good a recognizing words in correlation to the letter spelling.
Next I began learning how to count. This was a bit more difficult as it did not match the way my fingers normally communicate numbers. I am used to using both hands to represent anything above five, but sticking with a single hand was what I needed to do. I found a phenomenal YouTube channel that catered to my goal. The clear and concise video sans audio got right to the point and allowed me to follow along easily. I have a feeling that I will be using the channel ASL THAT in the future.
This concludes this weeks ASL update. I made a video to showcase my learning, follow me at Hayley Hodson to keep updated on each of my videos. I hope to see you all next week as I learn some common ASL phrases.