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A School Girl's Guide To Sign Language

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Sign language is a very common and very useful language, did you know that sign language is the fourth most used language in the UK. I'm learning sign language myself. Did you know that the first type of sign language in the world was Old French Sign Language, the French priest, Charles Michel de l'Eppe founded the first public school for the deaf in Paris in 1755? Using the informal signs his students brought from their homes and a manual alphabet, he created the world's first formal sign language, Old French Sign Language. ASL possesses a set of 26 signs known as the American manual alphabet, which can be used to spell out words from the English language. Such signs make use of the 19 handshapes of ASL. PSE is the most commonly used sign language in the United States among deaf individuals. The vocabulary is drawn from ASL; however, it follows English word order. Learning ASL is not easier than learning spoken French or any other spoken language. It takes at least six 3-credit ASL courses over the span of 2-3 years to attain a beginning-intermediate skill. To attain an intermediate-fluent skill, it takes another 2 years in the ASL/English interpretation training. You can start learning ASL by attending a sign language class. You can also expand your knowledge of ASL by practicing your signs with people who are deaf or hard of hearing and also know ASL. That's all I really have for today, sorry if it's a little shorter than usual, I hope you still enjoyed though.

Sincerely,

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