Learn ASL in 31 Days: Day 9:: Numbers 20 - 100

  I think some of y'all want to rabbit punch me after yesterday's numbers. You're going to have to put on your big kid pants today because I've got MORE numbers for you today.

Did you miss out on yesterday's lesson? Don't start doing a victory dance now... you've got to go back and learn those numbers first! I'll wait here for you.


Now don't go running off!  It's not too bad, I swear!  I go into the signs with more detail than yesterday. Hopefully that helps you some more!


[Tweet "Learn ASL in 31 days! Day 9 #SignItUp #31Days"]

You've been dying to learn ASL forever! Now you can! You'll learn not only vocabulary, but also grammar and all the skills the go along with ASL. For FREE! Pin so you can have easy access to all 31 lessons | Numbers 20 - 100 are in store for you today


Today's lesson is about numbers 20 - 100.


>>>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. 


[wc_fa icon="exclamation-triangle" margin_left="" margin_right=""][/wc_fa] Something I didn't go over in the video is that with the 60's - 90's the numbers 61 - 65, 71 - 75, 81 - 85, and 91 - 95 are done in the same manner as 31, 41, 51, etc.

For instance: 

The number 6 then slide/hop over to the next number. 6 → 3 = 63.


  • You learned numbers 20 - 29.
  • Then 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.
  • Then 31 - 39 (etc)
  • Doubles (33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99)
  • 67- 69, 76- 79, 86- 89, 96 - 99



Try not to be overwhelmed.

If you're struggling with yesterday's numbers concentrate on those.


Then take each above bullet point, one at a time, and master that one before you move on to the next.



Numbers are a lot of fun once you get the hang of them.


If your fingers, hands, or arms are getting tired take a break!


Shake out your hands and arms, rub them if need be, just let them be relaxed for a while before you start up again.


Sounds funny huh? Signing isn't a sport, right?  New signers can get burnt out quickly because your arm and hand muscles aren't used to working so hard.


Even interpreters have to take breaks and take good care of their arms and hands.

We even get massages to prevent injuries.  Want to be an interpreter now?  I bet!


Please, let me know which numbers are giving you a hard time and I'd love to help.


You've been dying to learn ASL forever! Now you can! You'll learn not only vocabulary, but also grammar and all the skills the go along with ASL. For FREE! Pin so you can have easy access to all 31 lessons


To get updated with each new lesson you can subscribe to the Learn ASL in 31 Days Newsletter, for free!

[convertkit form=4869334]

You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel.


I'd love to hear from you!

What's been your favorite sign so far? Your least favorite?


If you enjoyed this post please share it with your friends!



What The Deaf Can Do: In The Theatre

  People want to know what the Deaf are capable of doing.

Mothers want to know what the future holds for their Deaf child.

I want to take some time to explore the many careers and opportunities that are out there for the Deaf.

Ever wonder what the Deaf can do? They can do anything! Come check out the Deaf in the theatre and see for yourself.

A play's a play

As you know I love the theatre.

You didn't?  Well, now you do.


I recently attended a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, called The Heart of Robin Hood.  

All I knew about the play was its name.  I didn't know what type of a show to expect, all I knew was that I love Robin Hood.

There are many many things I could say about this play.  It was just amazing.  It was held in the Elizabethan Stage, which is a gorgeous outdoor stage.  You walk into a garden and there's a secret theatre just waiting for you beyond the bushes.   Just enchanting.

The energy pulsates through the crowd as you sit down to watch.

The characters were genius.  They were hilarious and yet felt real and vulnerable.  There was great emotion across the spectrum that just seeped into your heart and took you for a ride.

Clearly, I loved it.

A big surprise

Something I didn't expect was Howie Seago.  Howie Seago is an absolutely brilliant actor. Bonus: he's Deaf!  How serendipitous that I was able to attend a play at the OSF (where my book is based) and have a Deaf actor (which is also in my book) be in the very same play I attended.

I truly loved the way they wove his character into the play.  He is Little John, and they had him be Deaf.  They used a crude rendition of sign, that would be pretty accurate for that time period, to communicate.  The other characters used it as well when talking to him.

Howie was flawless and hilarious.  You didn't need to know ASL to understand him.

I don't know how the script was originally written, but it felt like it was intentional for Little John to be Deaf.  It was so seamless and real.  It wasn't just a play where Howie signed and then someone spoke the words he would say, and they didn't have him just try to voice either as though he were hearing.

The way ASL was integrated was truly truly brilliant.

How did they integrate ASL?

Howie is the first and only Deaf actor the OSF has ever had on their stage.    I read several articles on him after I came home from the play.

When in Henry V he was a military commander.  He had his own Royal Interpreter on stage -- a real character -- to follow him around and interpret.

In 2011 he was Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, who forces his daughter to interpret his perjury in court.  He and his onstage daughter created a "hillbilly" sign language that really added great depth and credibility to his character.

In Music Man he was an ex-con that used sign language with his partner to silently plan out their evil deeds.

To me it is incredible the barriers they are breaking.  He is an actor, not just a Deaf actor.

His roles are being treated as such and not just having him act in Deaf Theatre.  Not that there's anything wrong with being in Deaf Theatre.  It's the fact that he's in roles that are not traditionally Deaf or that don't require a whole Deaf company.  They are integrating ASL and Deafness into the role and making it authentic.


Many people in the Deaf community have flocked to the OSF.  They have 9 signed performances and 26 open captioned performances!

Do you understand how incredible that is!?  Seriously, that is amazing!  9 signed performances and 26 captioned performances!  That is not typical.

Why is this important?

This is part of my mission here on this blog.

  • To open people's eyes to the Deaf community.
  • I want people to know that people who are Deaf are people first and Deaf second.
  • That they are more than capable of many things.
  • That it is possible to work with those that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and not just around them.

To me the OSF is inspirational.  They not only work with an actor that is Deaf (and provide many interpreters for rehearsals -- 12 hour rehearsals at times) but the way they integrate him into the play.

They integrate deafness into their scripts, into each of the actors that perform with him.  They're all a part of it and it changes the depth of the play, the depth of the characters, and the strength of the message.

Please share this idea with those that you think may need it:

Tweet: The Deaf can do everything except hear.

Your Turn

What do you think of people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing being in the theatre?  What do you think of the saying, "the Deaf can do everything except hear?"

The Shocking Truth About ASL Interpreting

ASL interpreting is an amazing thing.  

If you've ever seen it done you have to admit it's pretty awesome (I can force you to if necessary).

It doesn't hurt that American Sign Language is the coolest language ever.

Just how do the Deaf enjoy the Arts? How can ASL interpreting really help them participate? Read to find more about Deaf culture.

There's much more to ASL interpreting than there is to merely translating a spoken language.

It'll take a while to break it all down, so let me show you a question a reader asked in the last Shocking Truth About ASL post.

Short answer:  Yes they do enjoy the arts.

Snarky (not really) answer:  Do you enjoy the arts?  Some do, some don't, it's just a personal preference

Detailed answer:  Wait a tick.  You just said you're going to talk about ASL interpreting, not about Deaf people enjoying the ballet.  Not that that's not a cool question...

Just chill for a minute.

Don't tell me to chill, I chill you!

What movie is that from?

They're connected.

Tweet: How do the Deaf enjoy the theatre?


The Theatre, the theatre, what happened to the theatre?

There are a few ways for people that are Deaf to enjoy the theater.

  1. Just watch it like the rest of the hearing world.
  2. Go on days they have special captioning.  Some theaters always provide this service, and some only have it during specific show times.
  3. ASL interpreters

I was an interpreter at a local high school and the Deaf students in our valley were scheduled to go to The Jungle Book that SOU was producing.  They asked me and another interpreter to interpret the show.

It was a fun theater-in-the-round, black box show.  There was a small dynamic cast.

They sent us the script.  We read through it several times, working out portions that were more complicated or tricky.  We worked out sign names for each character and made sure the signs we were using were the same for other words.

I know what you're thinking. Isn't there just one sign for the same word?

Yes and no.  You know how there are different accents in America?  And how people say things differently from region to region?  For instance, you guys, yous guys, y'all, or you all.  It's the same in sign.  There are different dialects and regional signs.  I grew up in Houston and she grew up in California.  We needed to make sure our signs were the ones used predominately in Oregon.  Computer has several different signs depending on region.  Not that we signed computer in the Jungle Book, but you get my point.

We went to a reading and then we practiced at a rehearsal.  Oh heavens, it was a lot of fun.  I always wanted to be in a play, but was always too terrified to actually audition.  I had so much fun!  We stood to the side of the stage, out of the actors' way, but so that the audience could watch them and see us at the same time.

Theaters all over the US have interpreters for the Deaf to use.

There are a few shows with interpreters that follow the actors around.  They'll be dressed in black and signing behind/beside the actor.  They follow them around the stage and work along side them.

What's even cooler is there is Deaf Theater!  Deaf people act too!  Marlee Matlin for example.  I know there are many other Deaf actors!

Deaf Theater isn't as prevalent as regular theater, obviously, but it's pretty awesome.  A whole play done in ASL by Deaf, H/H, and hearing actors. I would love to have the opportunity to see one live.

Deaf West Theatre was founded in 1991 in the LA area. They have Deaf and hearing in their cast.  They dance, sing, and have an orchestra.  Get tickets if you're in the area!




I'm sure you have heard about the terp (that's slang for interpreter - now you're as cool as we are) that did the Wu Tang and Phish concert.

Holly Maniatty is awesome.  I read several interviews that she gave and completely agree with her process.  She studies everything about the people she interprets for. Region, political affiliation, religious views, history, personal preferences, etc.  Everything.  She probably knows more about them than their fans.  She has to do this to know the true meaning of their message to be able to impart that to the Deaf in audience.  I personally don't know how she understands a word Wu Tang says.  I cannot.

 Photo courtesy: Peter Lee



Now, if a Deaf person wants to attend the ballet they most likely won't need an interpreter.  All the ballets I have been to have not had any speaking.   Some people say that they can feel the vibrations of the music, but in ballets there are lots of high notes that many Deaf would probably not hear (remember there are varying levels of deafness) and perhaps not as many vibrations.  Plus you can't really rely on vibrations for constant sound in this setting, there's just too many variables.

Those things aren't needed for them to enjoy a ballet.  There's beautiful movement and rhythm in ballet.  The light stepping across the stage, the turns, jumps, leaps.  The change in pace, direction, and the emotion felt through the movements are what we all are watching.  Deaf are more attuned to these subtle differences in movement and rhythm.  Some may not enjoy it, but then some hearing people don't either.



I have a few VHS tape - so old school, I know - of a comedian, Mary Beth Miller.  She is pretty dang funny.  There are lots of Deaf comedians and performers.  They are mega talented.


Story of when she snuck some peanut butter and started choking on it. 



I also have a VHS tape of Bonnie Kraft, a CODA, who tells of her life growing up as a CODA through sign.  Tomorrow Dad Will Still Be Deaf.  The Deaf love to tell a good story.  They seem to always be sharing a story.  They are vivid, engaging, and often hilarious.  There is so much you can do with ASL that you just can't with spoken languages.

I also have a few tapes (yes, I know it's time to upgrade to DVDs) of stories.  I have Rumpelstiltskin and The Black Cat.  I love the guy that signs The Black Cat (E.A.Poe).



Surprise, there are videos of ASL Poetry.

Talk about something beautiful.  I don't have my copy any more, so I have been scouring the internet to find clips of some of my favorites.  I found one video that showcased some of the ones I remember from the video.  They are poems by Clayton Valli performed by several signers.


The students in this video talk about some of the cool things about ASL poetry that you cannot do in written poetry.  You can make images with your signs and not even use real signs to convey your image, your message.  Classifiers are used often in ASL, but in poetry it's a ho' notha level! (where's that from?)  You can sign two different things at the same time, as the woman does in the second poem.  You can't do that in English.


Here's a Deaf poetry night at a club in D.C.  They are songs that they're signing to (and they're Deaf), but they've made them poetic.  They each do a fabulous job.  Watch it with and without the sound, it's a completely different experience.

The Deaf can and do enjoy the arts in all sorts of ways.  Many enjoy the arts and excel at performing.  With ASL you can convey deep emotions, irony, sarcasm, comedy, layers, characteristics, and all that you can find in any performance.

If you have a question you'd like to ask, please do!  You may even get a whole post dedicated to you!

Tweet: Can Deaf enjoy the arts?

Tweet: ASL really is the coolest language!