LOCATIONS-[top, bottom, side, beneath]
MUSIC-[song, sing, singer, POETRY]
ROCK / stone
THEATER-[act, actor, drama, play, show]
ACTOR | BELOW-[less_than]
| BOTTOM | FINISH-TOUCH | GALLAUDET / glasses / Moses | GONE |
ICE-SKATE | LOCATION-area | POETRY | QM-wig | RIVER | SAME-as |
SIDE | SKIP | TALK | TOP |
Practice sheet 34.A
01. FUNNY BOOK CHARACTER, YOUR FAVORITE, WHO?
B-O-T-T-O-M-[fs]? (or substitute TOP, or SIDE)
03. POETRY, YOU WRITE?
04. OCEAN, YOU LIKE SWIM YOU?
05. YOU NEED PAY-ATTENTION ASL TEACHER, WHY?
Practice sheet 34.B
06. CAR RACE, YOU LIKE WATCH?
07. RIVER YOU FINISH-TOUCH,
08. YOU LIKE ROCK COLLECT YOU?
09. YOU LIKE SKATING-[roller] YOU?
10. YOU SNOW SKI YOU?
Practice sheet 34.C
11. YOU LIKE VOLLEYBALL?
12. YOU SKILL WHAT?
14. YOU SWIM SAME FISH YOU?
15. BUILD THING, YOU SKILL YOU?
Practice Sheet 34.D
GOAL YOURSELF, WHAT?
17. SUPPOSE THIS CLASS, YOU SKIP,
MUST BRING-to-here EXCUSE QM-wig? (If you are absent from class
do you have to bring an excuse?)
18. TALK DURING TEST, CAN
19. GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY,
20. YOUR NEPHEW HAVE ASL BOOK?
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act: The
ADA is a law that requires reasonable accommodations for individuals with
disabilities. Among many other things, the ADA helps promote the provision
of interpreters and captioning.
DASHES: Glossing Note:
When you see dashes between letters, that generally means to fingerspell the
Also, sometimes you might see "fs" when someone is writing about ASL. The letters "fs" are
sometimes used as a shorthand for "fingerspell."
GENDER: Cultural note:
ASL is much less gender (male/female) specific than most languages. It might
just be the most gender-free language on the planet. (Good topic for a
research paper, eh?) For example: In ASL we don’t use two separate signs for
actor and actress.
Also, there is no distinction between the signs "HE" and "SHE." You
just point off to the side, (or if the person is in the room you point at
Signing Note: Some instructors don’t like
teaching the initialized versions of
LUNCH, and DINNER, they prefer the “EAT-MORNING” “EAT-NOON” and “EAT-NIGHT”
versions. But many Deaf out in the real world use the initialized
versions. In real life every skilled ASL user will instantly recognize the
initialized versions of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many skilled ASL
signers use the initialized versions as their preferred signs. Thus a
strong argument could be made that those versions have indeed been adopted
into ASL. Yet you will
still see disagreement amongst instructors. When in doubt, as a
student you should do
it the way your current instructor does it because he or she is the one
giving you a grade. Your current instructor gets to be "right" for 10
to 15 weeks (or however long your class lasts). Then after the
class is over, go interact with the Deaf Community and sign the way you see
signing being done by native Deaf adults (especially those who attended Deaf
Schools). If you happen to be taking a general "ASL Proficiency exam"
I recommend you use non-initialized versions of signs whenever possible.
For example, instead of signing RED with an "R" hand, just use an "index
finger" instead. How do you know which signs have two versions?
You learn them via taking classes and interacting with the Deaf community.
ABSENT: In this lesson I include the concept of
"absent." There are several
ways to sign absent. I am choosing to sign it as "GONE." However, the
SKIP sign is also very commonly used.
GALLAUDET / glasses / Moses
ROCK / stone
THEATER-[act, drama, play, show]