Fingerspelling is the litmus test for signing skills.
Are you fingerspelling everyday?
Are you struggling to figure out if your ASL skills are improving at all?
As I said, fingerspelling is the litmus test for your signing skills, your signing ability.
Picture this: You watch a person at a local Deaf meet up and they're struggling to form the letters.. She's pausing to think about how to form the letter, she opens and closes her hand between each letter. A few of her letters are incorrect [link to correct formation post] and she's looking pretty uncomfortable and awkward.
You KNOW she's a signing newbie.
Is this a bad thing? Of course not!
Picture this: You watch a person signing at the library and see that she forms the letters correctly and can fingerspell a word without pause. Plus, she's signing at a nice slow pace.
You know she's either an advanced beginner or intermediate signer.
Picture this: You watch someone sign in a video and she's fingerspelling smoothly, efficiently, at a quick, but clear pace. You may not know exactly what she's fingerspelling (she's a bit faster than you're used to), but you can see she's doing an excellent job.
You know she's a more advanced signer.
Make note I said CLEAR pace.
Again, are you fingerspelling everyday?
I know fingerspelling isn’t glamorous. You’d rather be building your ASL vocabulary into the millions.
You want beads, glitter, lace, and the glam of signing. You want people to see you sign and their jaws drop and their hearts are touched. “Now SHE is a beautiful signer!” They may even shed a tear or two.
Guess what? To get to this bedazzled state you’ve got to master the solid, comfortable, and stable cotton underwear stage. You’ll be wearing your cotton ASL undies more than you’ll wear your bedazzled ASL undies.
Yes, I’m still talking about ASL. And no, I won’t be showing my underpants to anyone.
I’ve given lots of tips on how to practice fingerspelling in other videos, posts, and livestreams in my ASL Rochelle Courses Community [link], so I won’t bog us down right now.
But, I do have a solution for you to use immediately.
In order to jumpstart your fingerspelling everyday, and start to create the habit, I’ve created a 7-day challenge for you.
What's the 7-Day #fingerspellingchallenge all about?
You're going to fingerspell everyday. I'll give you a prompt each day so you can practice really useful words and not just anything that comes to mind. Okay... let me break it down in clear easy steps.
How to participate in the fingerspelling challenge:
The challenge is happening over on Instagram! Follow me @ASLRochelle and hit the post notifications button so you don’t miss any of the daily prompts.
Download the daily prompts PDF (I also post them on IG each day, hit the post notification button so you don’t miss any of them-- plus it’s a handy dandy reminder) <-- at the bottom of this post
Each day, use the prompt to pick 1 - 5 words to fingerspell
Video yourself fingerspelling them 🎥
Post them on Instagram--> TAG me @ASLRochelle & use the hashtag #fingerspellingchallenge
Take a nap, you’re done for the day
Don't run away before you download the Challenge PDF.
What’s in it, you ask?
- ALL of the prompts so you can see all 7 days at once
- 70 words to pick from (10 for each day’s prompt) to make it even easier
- A worksheet to write out your own words
- The challenge instructions.
- A few reminder emails so you don’t space the challenge (🙋♀️ hands up if you do that) along with fingerspelling tips.
I can’t wait to see you over there!
Are you in??
Click the link below to join the challenge & grab the PDF.