___ Discussion topic:
___ I know what
"VP" stands for after a phone number. I
know what VRS means: (Click for
___ I know what
letters TDD and/or TTY stand for.
I have taken the
___ I have taken the general
practice quiz for this lesson. See:
CALL-[phone, named, yell, tty-call]
NERVOUS / anxious (learn both versions).
Review and discuss: IF
The phrase "Can phone you?"
(or "PHONE, CAN YOU?")
in the "old days" typically meant: "Are
you physically able to use the phone?" Prior to the
development and use of "smart phones" we (Deaf) sometimes had to rely on Hearing friends to make
voice calls for
us using "land line" phones. Or if we were lucky, the place we were visiting had a TTY
(teletype, also known as TDDs or telecommunication device for the
Deaf). Think of a TTY as a type of "text messaging" that required a
TTY use is now quite rare due to the use of
"video phones" and text messaging. If you'd
like more info about TTY's see: "TTY".
Now that nearly everyone has "texting" capability --
access to phone usage isn't
an issue any more, but before all of this "new technology" became
widespread, suppose two Deaf were at a party…one of them might ask the other “CAN
PHONE YOU?” He or she is probably trying to find out the level of the other
person’s hearing and/or to find out if the other person is able to make
phone calls. Why? It depends on the context. If it is near the end of the
party and the person is looking for a way to get home he may have needed to call
his (hearing) mom (or dad, or friend, ...) for a ride.
The phrase "Tell me about your teacher" is good practice for
the sign "ABOUT", but please know that there are other ways to ask
for information about someone. For example, you should already
be able to sign: "YOUR
Later on (in other lessons you will also learn:
"YOUR TEACHER, EXPLAIN HE/SHE." or "Describe your teacher."
For a practice quiz,
11 Practice Quiz
Check with your instructor or your syllabus regarding any graded
quizzes for this lesson.