Category Archives: Foreign Language Studies

ASL Sign Practice Box

As one of our foreign languages, we have chosen to learn American Sign Language.  It is practical since we see deaf people frequently and we have a friend who is deaf.  Another plus is that a lady at church is pretty fluent and has agreed to help us with lessons.

In one of our lessons, she recommended that we get online and look at lifeprint.com.  Being an obedient student 😉 I checked it out.  You can review the signs online and watch a class with the teacher and a student so you can learn the correct way to sign.  You can review online and keep track of your progress too.  We have used it several times.

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One of the best resources we have found to help us move forward in a meaningful way were these FREE ASLU Class Lessons.  I printed the worksheets out for me and spiral bound them.  They give us a format to follow, some stories to practice our signs with, and even some review cards. That was exciting to me!  I know what to do with paper, lol. In reality, trying to sit us all around the computer is hard (man, I really want an iPad!).

So I set up a box for those review cards similar to our Scripture Memory Box:

  • Get an index card box from Walmart.
  • Get some tab dividers (I used the left-over ones from my Scripture Memory Box).
  • Label the tabs 1-15
  • Print the free practice cards and cut them apart.
  • Placed each lesson’s cards behind the appropriate tabs.

In about 15 minutes a day we can review all the signs we learned so we won’t forget them and start using them in stories.  That helps us to translate and get faster at reading and signing.

How do you practice your foreign language?

 

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Sign Language at Church

We have a deaf brother in our congregation at church.  We have a sister who served an American  Sign Language mission who has been called to sign for him.  This has been going on for several months with this sister…his other interpreter moved to Nevada.

We have been trying to learn ASL in our homeschool so we could talk to this brother in his own language.  This sister comes to our house every Tuesday to give lessons, and so we are learning both flute and sign language.  I have learned a lot, including the fact that one can shout in sign. =)  In church, the deaf pew was moved closer to where we sit so we can observe and learn.  Very cool.  We have discovered that the Church provides the Hymns in American Sign language here.  These are invaluable to help teach us the proper signs and give us direction beyond pitifully small conversation signs.  Of course, our teacher is the best resource!

Sunday was incredible.  I was sitting and watching but not really “listening” to the signs.  We started to sing the Sacrament hymn, and I looked up at the sister signing.  My heart was so touched.  She had a tender, reverent expression on her face, and the signs flowed so smoothly and beautifully that I felt the Spirit SO strongly.  I felt the tears streaming down my face, and once again, felt the confirming knowledge that the Lord is mindful of all His children.