ASL

7 Habits of Wildly Successful Sign Language Learners

I have lots of habits.

Unfortunately for me, my kids like to mimic just the bad ones.

My middle son, Animal, was at his grandparent’s house one day.

A group of us are lounging on the couch chatting away with spaghetti simmering on the stove in the kitchen behind us.

Animal stomps down the stairs, bursts into the living room and shouts, “what the hell is that smell!?”

Of course, I’m too immature to not laugh and parent my child. Mr. Barlow to the rescue.

Saying hell is obviously a bad habit of mine.

I know you may think that’s a silly bad habit, but we were raised to not swear and teach our children the same.

Except, well… I had a 2 year span when I was 17-19 that I swore like a sailor because I was an idiot. Sometimes it just comes out without me realizing it, even after all these years. Thus, my penchant for saying hell.

My defense… it’s not really a swear word.

Before my tendancy to over share explodes from my fingers, I’ll move on to the postive part.

We may have bad habits, but we also have good habits, so don’t despair. All is not lost.

So You Think You Know Sign Language: Take The Test

To continue to learn sign language, you need to evaluate where you are. Take the test, & get the free download to tailor make a learning plan for you.

I’ve been thinking...

Dangerous, I know.

I've been thinking about my 6 kids and what I want for them. In the hyper-cricital way we parents excel at.

It's more of a pity-party, mega-drama-queen-slasher type of evaluation of me as a mother.

I fail miserably every time. I think only serial killers score lower.

Whew. I'm a bit better than a serial killer. Goals reached!

In an attempt to shake myself out of this downward spiral of misery and woe, I decided it was time to knock it off and be real.

I looked at where I was now with each of my children. What had they learned? What progress was being made and in which areas?

The First 100 Signs You Need to Know

The first 100 signs everyone should know when learning ASL. Build a solid foundation as you learn sign language and it'll pay off later.

I love checklists.

I love being able to cross off items on my lists.

I'll write something down, that I've already completed, just so I can cross it off. It just feels good.

It feels right.

Soda splashes on the list

I receive hundreds of emails every day, quite a few of them asking for some type of list of signs that must be known so they can be mightily successful with their ASL.

I put it off for months until I could set aside research time at my local library. There's just something special about time in the library all on your own.

I've compiled this list based on language learning research done that day in the library. I sat at the only available table next to some tacky guy slurping his drink, sitting next to the sign that says "no drinks allowed."

Learn Ocean Signs: Signs, Sentences, & Worksheets

You can't study the ocean without learning ocean signs! At least, not in our home. Learn sign language for the ocean, including the actual ocean, the sea life within the ocean, and some descriptive words for discussing the ocean.

How many times can I say the word ocean?! Ha ha. #NoThesaurus

5 Quick Tips for Signing the ASL Alphabet

Signing the ASL alphabet should be pretty simple right? It's just some letters, after all. You'd be surprised at how often the alphabet is signed incorrectly.

Even taught incorrectly!

I know. It hurts me too.