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Language Lesson : Week 3

June 2, 2009

82.   Learn 2 new French words and 1 French idiom a week (3/143) (more info)

83.   Learn 2 new ASL signs a week (3/143) (more info)

French Vocab:

pamplemousse – (m) n. grape fruit

flâner – v. to stroll; to lounge around

French Idiom

à bride abattue – at full speed; full throttle

ASL vocab

birthday – The sign BIRTH and DAY are combined (video)

friend – The movement and linking of the index fingers suggest two people who are close to one another (video)

While in Chicago this weekend for a friend’s birthday, I met one of his friends who is deaf. He asked what words I had learned and when I showed him, he had to correct a few motions. Although the general movement was correct the speed and emotion (for lack of a better word) was off. I think it is something that will come with practice and meeting and talking with others. It’s very important to remember that ASL is not just putting motions to words. It is a completely different language with its own grammar. Learning ASL is just as complex as learning French or any other foreign language.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2009 4:42 pm

    I recently took a linguistics class, and I believe it was mentioned that the speed and emotion in ASL are similar to where we place stress when pronouncing words (ex. CONflict vs conFLICT). For people who are learning English, figuring out where to place the stress in a word can be very difficult – I assume it would be just as difficult to learn speed and emotion in ASL, because it is its own language.

    • tarasg permalink
      June 2, 2009 6:53 pm

      I hadn’t thought of it like that. Thank you!

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