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(Washington Post)   Oh, stewardess, I sign jive   ( divider line
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2012-09-18 04:43:42 PM  
You know, that's how the Nazis got Anne Frank. Her signing was too Jewish.
2012-09-18 08:25:16 PM  

SuperT: I kind of want to learn ASL. I'm not deaf, I have no deaf family, but I think it would be a good experience.

difficulty, I'm almost 30(8 days), I work full time, and I don't have much spare money. Anyone got any advice?


Look at local community colleges and adult ed programs. They often have non credit courses pretty cheap. I know there are several ASL classes near me for less that $100. I also wish to learn; I just have to find the time.
2012-09-18 08:35:41 PM  

Misch: Earpj: I've always thought the sign across the country had dialects, just like speech.

There are... I know there's a Quebecois Sign Language, and a Martha's Vineyard Sign Language, and there's certainly regional variations beyond those.

The deaf history of Martha's Vineyard is pretty fascinating. At one point there was such a large population of deaf residents on the Vineyard, eespecially in Chilmark, everyone, hearing and deaf, learned and used sign language from birth.

2012-09-18 08:41:29 PM  
The deaf community on Martha's Vineyard.

There was a deaf population in all five towns on the island, but Chilmark had the highest concentration. For instance, in the Squibnocket area of Chilmark as much as a quarter of the population was deaf.

The Chilmark Deaf Community is famous in Deaf Culture because both deaf and hearing people knew and used sign language everyday.
2012-09-18 09:02:55 PM  

THX 1138: Interestingly, if you repeat the sign for "shiat" over and over rapidly, it means "diarrhea".

/not kidding.
/your bit of trivia for the day

No, it just means, "shiat, shiat, shiat."

"Diarrhea" would be with a moving "five" hand instead of a "ten".

Half these "black" signs I learned as a kid. Maybe I should have a talk with Mom...

//Not black.
2012-09-19 02:36:37 AM  
Keep in mind that blacks: "Axed their mother" while everyone else "Asked their mother". I guess you need two hands to do that chop down to sign the word "axed".
2012-09-20 02:34:51 AM  

THX 1138: Interestingly, if you repeat the sign for "shiat" over and over rapidly, it means "diarrhea".

/not kidding.
/your bit of trivia for the day

Also, repeating the sign for "hungry" turns it in to "horny," and repeating "flower" turns it in to "masturbate."

/thanks college-level ASL professor whose name I forgot
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