And yes Sign Language is considered a language in and of itself. I’m still what’s called a ‘baby signer’....very much so. I don’t have enough money to take an actual class so I have to learn through my friend who is in ASL …like 103 I believe. Deaf culture and sign language is very interesting.
I’ve noticed that I learn languages better and pick up on them quicker if it is set to music. I’ve been trying to memorize the song ‘fuck you’ by cee lo in sign language. I can get about halfway through the song. The only problem with learning through youtube videos is that I have to see where the signer is from. Different places have different ….’dialects’ and different countries, different signs. ASL is not universal. For a while I was signing halloween in Canadian Sign Language, not American, lol.
But it’s going a bit better than expected. I just have to keep up on it and practice. That’s my problem, if I don’t keep up with things, I forget them. I’ve been trying to incorporate some signs while talking, it makes it easier to practice and my other friends don’t really seem to care, so that’s cool. Also my friend the ASL student and I routinely hold conversations in Sign Language…or as well as we can being that I’m a begginner and have to constantly ask her what she just signed. I’ve thought about doing it more in public while talking to people I don’t know, but I’m not that bold yet…I also don’t feel like answering any silly questions they might have.