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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.

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.

How to Learn ASL & Spanish in 20 Minutes a Day

This year we're learning two foreign languages! That's right, we're Super Homeschoolers.

Bow down to us.

I think I just threw up in my mouth.

Nah, we're not anything crazy gifted. We are learning Spanish and ASL though, and if we can learn 2, you could totally learn 4 languages at once.

ASL Grammar Without The Frustration Part Two

You've been biting your nails, anticipating part two in the ASL grammar series.

Well, put your hand down, get the bandaids out, and get to watching.

I say it in this video and in part one -- Did you miss Part One? Well, go on ahead and watch it so you're not behind. This video will be here when you get back. -- knowing sign language is so much more than just knowing the signs, knowing your vocabulary. It's just a fraction.

Obviously, it's important, there's just so much more to sign language than your favorite Sign Language dictionary.

Don't despair! It's not going to be crazy difficult.

Last time we talked about facial expression and its importance in ASL is not just with looking lively, but is actually part of ASL grammar.