Welcome to the second day of Learn ASL in 31 Days! Today you're going to learn the proper way to sign questions.
First, how did you do with Day 1? You practice your alphabet? Keep it up!!
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Why are you learning questions for day 2?
Questions set the foundation for ASL grammar, which is vital to signing ASL and not SEE.
SEE = Signed Exact English
ASL = American Sign Language
If you don't know already, ASL is its own language and is not gestures based on English. It has its own grammar, rules, syntax, and the like just as every other language.
You will also have a TON of questions to ask when you're learning ASL. You're going to want to be able to ask them right from the beginning.
Watch the video and then make sure you read the information underneath as it will give you even more tips and ideas of how best to use your new signs.
Turn on the captions!! If you are viewing on a tablet or phone you can click this link to view it in YouTube.
Remember to put on the captions. There is no audio in this video, to know what I'm signing you'll need the captions!
How to Use Questions
You all know how to ask questions! That's pretty easy. As you are learning ASL you will be asking lots of questions!
- How do you sign ___?
- What does ____ mean?
- What's your name?
- Where is ____?
The sign WHY is used as a rhetorical question and in place of because.
Here's an example:
I TEACH-YOU SIGN WHY? ASL AWESOME
- I could also have said because in place of why. However, why is used most frequently as I showed you in the example.
- No, I wasn't shouting at you. All caps is how you write ASL. You can't really write it, but you can write out the signs you would use and the order and all sorts of other goodness.
Don't forget how important your facial expressions and body language are in ASL.
That is how you know you're asking a question, making an exclamation, being sarcastic, sad, funny, anything! When speaking you inflect your voice to indicate you're asking a question. In signing it is your face.
For WH questions: who, what, where, when, why, how, what-do your face is to be in a certain facial expression.
Do you remember what it was from the video?
Did you remember?
Your eyebrows are down, eyes are squinting, lips pursed, and you lean forward - or backward. You don't have to be comical about it, but don't be shy about it.
For Yes or No questions your eyebrows are raised and you tilt your head and body forward. You would also change the phrasing of your sentence.
YOU WANT CANDY YOU?
You remember what the sign for candy is? Twist your index finger where your dimple would be (in cheek, near mouth). You'll see me sign this quite often. What can I say, I like candy!
If you have more questions about ASL I have a few posts that can help answer common questions.
13 Things to Never Say to a Deaf Person
18 More Things To Never Say to a Deaf Person
The Shocking Truth About ASL in GIFs
There's more, but I won't overwhelm you today! I'll save that for another day. :)
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Do you have any questions for me? Comments?
Here's Day 3