To continue with my learning project, I found a helpful video on youtube that was entitled the first 100 signs you need to know.
What I loved about the video was that the signs were based off of the most frequently used signs used in the real world versus how they are portrayed in the ASL dictionary, in the style that they are used in modern ASL. It was important to me that I learned these first to help set up my foundation for ASL.
The video came with a link to a checklist that provided the signs that were used in the video. However, when I clicked on the list I did not get a checklist but I was taken to a webpage called learn ASL in 31 days. The first unit on the webpage after I signed in was learning the alphabet the right way. The video went over the most common mistakes, and I realized that I most guilty is bouncing my hand around while signing and of knocking out my hand when I sign which is translated in ASL as shouting. I also struggle with turning my hand out when I am signing and it looks as though I am signing to myself which makes it hard to understand me. I practiced the alphabet with the video over and over until I was satisfied with the correction of my most common errors. I made a video of myself practicing the alphabet and I think that this video is miles better in terms of pronunciation compared to the first video of myself signing the alphabet I posted on twitter.
Next I progressed to Rochelle’s ASL unit on asking questions. I had practiced what, who, why, when, and how questions on the Start ASL app on my phone, but Rochelle taught me some important dos and don’ts for questions. Rochelle taught me that facial expressions are crucial to signing. In ASL, rhetorical questions are very common and therefore, the essence of a question is in your facial expressions. Asking questions require you to purse your lips, squint your eyes, lower your eyebrows and lean forward. I made another video of myself working on the questions adding the essential facial expressions.
I also learned commands and requests from this ASL unit from Rochelle’s website. In learning to do requests and commands I realized that the version of the signs that I had been learning through the StartASL app, are the old school version and Rochelle taught me a lot of the modern ways to sign popular signs such as please and thank you.