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Welcome to SIGNING Basics BLOG!

Hello Signers!
Welcome to my new blog... I am exctied and looking forward to sharing signing news with you.  To get started, did you know Jobs for sign language and other types of interpreters and translators in the United States are expected to increase 42 percent by 2020, to 58,400, according to the 2012-2013 U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook?  Your thoughts?
I look forward to hearing from you, signing warm regards!

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Barbie on Saturday, April 06, 2013 2:32 PM
Hello Theresa! I am very impressed with your new blog! Your photo is beautiful! (And when we meet for class this week, I will tell you again, but in ASL!) Thanks for introducing us to your business and for bringing about a better understanding of the deaf culture. I plan to be a frequent visitor!
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Theresa on Saturday, April 06, 2013 3:09 PM
Thank you Barbie you have made day! Tell me, what do you enjoy most about ASL?

Barbie on Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:18 PM
Hi Theresa! I don't know how to answer your question, because I am truly enjoying the ENTIRE learning experience! It has been a very long time since I've tried to learn something new, but I am determined to become a confident and skilled signer. I appreciate and thank you for the time you give us every week (and am grateful for your patience and sense of humor!). Have a nice vacation!!!

Kristen on Saturday, April 06, 2013 2:33 PM
Hi! Just finished studying a little. I'm doing it in the mirror to help with my receptive learning but its hard. My brain cant tell my fingers what to do fast enough lol. Ill get it eventually.
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Theresa on Saturday, April 06, 2013 3:12 PM
Kristen, you are doing great in class! What caused you to seek ASL classes?

Kristen on Friday, April 12, 2013 6:10 PM
My friend Luke is deaf and the language is so beautiful that I wanted to learn and become fluent with it. I can't wait but sometimes my brain is a little slow lol

Danielle on Sunday, April 07, 2013 4:26 PM
Hello! Your site looks great!
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Theresa on Sunday, April 07, 2013 4:33 PM
Hi Danielle, Welcome to my Blog... Please share with us you thoughts about learning ASL? Why did you take a class? What will you do with your new signing skills?

Theresa on Monday, April 22, 2013 2:27 PM
Danielle, what are you doing to practice that you can share with the other students? Kristen is using the mirror what about you?

Tom on Monday, April 08, 2013 10:07 AM
Great site!! I was bummed I had to miss class last week, but I am looking forward to this weeks. See you Thursday.
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Kristen on Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:48 PM
Any pointers on studying alone? I try to do it in the mirror but already know what I'm going to sign so that doesn't work so well.
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Maureen on Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:29 PM
I am finding this very hard! I have always struggled with kinesthetic learning and that seems to be the only way to learn ASL. I hope that practicing with a partner will help. I don't get the 5 "A" words we are supposed to spell quickly (ages, ager etc), including several that are not words I know- or else are misspelled. I am having enough trouble learning the alphabet and common useful words without having to struggle with ones that don't make sense!
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Mary Jo on Monday, April 15, 2013 2:42 PM
I found a great website for practicing reading words that are finger spelled. There re "quizzes" you can take and know immediately if you have gotten the word correctly. I have been spelling each letter as I look at it to reinforce the creating aspect as well as the visual recognition aspect of the alphabet.
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Mary Jo on Monday, April 15, 2013 2:43 PM
Here's the website:
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Theresa on Monday, April 22, 2013 2:26 PM
Maureen that info is great. It is actually from the ASL University website. I love the content there, the signs are clear and the facial expressions are really helpful. Thanks for posting, keep it coming!

Kristen on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:38 PM
What was the homework for the next two weeks?
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Barbie on Sunday, April 21, 2013 4:10 PM
Hi Kristen! Here's the homework: Practice Exercises 4A and 4C, Numbers 1-20, Describing Family Members, Finger-Spell and sign various colors in your kitchen, Review Unit 5, Review numbers 20-30. Bring ANOTHER full length picture of a favorite celebrity to class. Finger Spell five times each as fast as you can: furl, furs, fury, fuse, fuss, futz, fuze, fuzz, ftce, fyke. Using handout of 7 basic hand shapes, find three signs for each handshape and make three ENGLISH sentences using that sign. Bring assignment to class, making sure to number sentences and type or write NEATLY. See you next class ~

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Maureen on Monday, April 22, 2013 8:54 AM
Did I miss an email with info you said you would send and this week's assignment? Something about 5 sentences using "what"? Thanks!
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Theresa on Monday, April 22, 2013 2:24 PM
Hi Maureen, 5 what is sentences written in English. Hope you are enjoying the class. What do you enjoy most about signing? What advice would you give to another beginner?

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emily lacombe on Friday, September 30, 2016 1:57 PM
Yesterday, I felt very accomplished when I could actually communicate with my deaf cousin for the first time without having to use a tablet to talk to her.
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Hailea on Monday, February 06, 2017 7:53 PM
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Emily LaCombe on Friday, November 18, 2016 9:10 PM
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