Forget what you’re supposed to do to ask a question, better yet, to not ask a question. (Where do my eyebrows go?)
Make weird movements with your mouth trying to form those mouth thingies (why is she running away from me?)
Mix up which sign goes where and confuse yourself (he did what to the what at the what and then a dog barked at the table?)
Add an S to a sign to make it plural (CAT+S MY FAVE)
Fingerspell everything (S-U-R-E-L-Y-T-H-E-R-E-S-A-B-E-T-T-E-R-W-A-Y)
Avoid facial expressions because gah! I’m gonna look like a freak and I don’t do freak (reserved, shy wallflowers, raise your hands)
Shorten and dumb down what you’re trying to say since you don’t know how to sign it (let’s just stick with STORE I GO I)
Experience mind numbing blankness when standing in front of an actual Deaf person who’s trying to sign with you. Eek! (umm… umm… umm… how do I sign that perfectly?)
Sign in english word order (I AM GO-ING-TO-THE-STORE-TO-DAY!)
Not sign because, hello, you’re gonna mess up, so might as well avoid it (see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya)
- When you master ASL grammar you know exactly what to sign, when to sign it, and how to sign it so they hang on your every word and love signing with you
- When you master ASL grammar your signing goals are closer than you initially projected. 10 years to become fluent? No way Jose!
When you master ASL grammar your signing is so natural and beautiful people will swear you’ve been signing most of your life.
When you master ASL grammar you show your respect and passion for the language, its culture, and it community. Instant vat of friends.
Play the video below to find out what The Little Mermaid taught me about ASL Grammar
Mom (read: forced to work during random spurts of time)
Dreamer (read: hit with a million ideas & goals & stuff my days to achieve them)
Hustler (read: do whatever it takes but don’t want to spend thousands)
I am also someone who knows how to get the absolute best results in the shortest possible time using proven methods.
I went from signing passably to signing like a natural in 2 years… all because I know how to strategically learn, implement, and practice because I use proven systems and methods. (ain’t nobody got time for trial and error).
I maintained my skills and increased them steadily with these same methods. Because who wants to bust their butt and then years later realize you’ve either forgotten everything but your name or you’re stuck in the same place? Not I.
The sheer, absolute despair of messing up sentences, doing it wrong
The mind-numbing terror of going to a Deaf event and no one understands you
The not-knowing, second-guessing, scrambling, cobbling your way to ASL grammar mastery
The unrelenting desire to burn your dictionaries, smash your computer, fold yourself in a ball of despair & snot, and quit
The squandered time, the isolation, the colossal blunders, the humiliation…
BYE. BYE. BUH-BYE.
- How to construct authentic, accurate sentences. Signing is all about the facial expressions, mouth movements, and body language. Learn the nuances for each aspect of the grammar laboratory to sign what you really mean!
- Experience signing sentences, changing sentences and texts from English to ASL, watching a multitude of examples and step-by-step walkthroughs, & use a variety of tools to retain. Keep it in that brain!
How to put all the grammar lab elements together as a whole, moving, smooth unit. No more guessing, no more stumbling, no more stressing where that hand goes or what your eyebrows are even doing. Is that anger or nausea?
The Lab Manual that enable you to easily access the information, charts, examples, walkthroughs, to understand, retain, and get it done! Quickly & easily complete the assignments & practice material with confidence and sparkle. Better than Edward sparkle.
Work together as a class to complete grammar experiments & challenges. Feedback on your grammar, your weak spots, and your strengths. Find buddies to practice with & watch your skills take off. Work together to take over the world... Er, take over the world & awesome mad grammar skills.
Everything you need plus the beautiful, wide, white, farmhouse kitchen sink with spiral faucet.
Permission to deliriously plug into the brain of someone who understands ASL grammar & willing to share her secrets
Permission to satisfy the lifelong yearning for knowing this beautiful language, its intricacies and signs
Permission to feel the thrill of seeing their confusion dissolve into cries of “ohmyamazing!”
I am Rochelle!
I started learning ASL as a kid and the first few years learning on my own were… well let’s just say the word sporadic would be an overstatement.
You know why?
Because I had no idea what I was doing. I was only looking at dictionaries, and using their limited grammar advice (can anyone say S.E.E.?), and had no real plan, or goal. Result? I couldn’t hold a conversation. Surprise surprise. *eyeroll*
It was when I decided to knuckle down like a bare knuckle brawler that I started to see results like these in less than 12 months:
Multiple conversations with Deaf friend without once having to ask what she was signing
Increased vocabulary to 1,000+ signs
Finally understood the right way to put sentences together.
After 2 more years:
Interpreting for my Deaf friends
Testing out of half my Interpreting Training Program
Multiple Deaf/Hard of Hearing friends
Tutoring other ASL students (some older than me)
Mastered ASL grammar and syntax
Fast forward to today:
- Professional ASL interpreter of 17 years
- ASL teacher for 16 years, worked with 1000+ people
- Spend my time maintaining & continuing ed.
To create clear, concise, correct signing that has friends banging down your door begging for you to teach them everything!
Every step of the process is revealed: all of the grammar elements for total grammar mastery.
I don’t show you a few sentence structures and then say “go sign.” Instead, I give you goof-proof guides for everything. Expression, sentences, practice, classifiers, mapping, and every single element involved.