1,000 Words To Sign By Professor Geoffrey S. Poor
We are Papaw and Mamaw to a 3 year old grandson that is deaf and we are learning to sign!!!!
Our alphabet is much stronger, but we struggled with D and F. Then for some reason I got hung up on U and V. The desire to learn ASL began when our grandson would touch us to get our attention and then point at lights or trees or an airplane in the sky. But, then he would turn to his Momma and Daddy and sign to them what he saw. This not only broke our hearts at his patience with us, but it woke us up that we had to learn. Since we live a 1000 miles away from them and we do not know anyone to sign with, we decided to get a book from the library and learn together. But to be honest, we barely opened the book. When it was close to us traveling back again to see him, we felt motivated again. We headed to Books-A-Million and purchased our very own book on ASL, American Sign Language. We have realized having our own book, it stays with us at all times and travels wherever we go. It is ours.
To start, we learned the alphabet. And knowing the alphabet has made us laugh. And what I mean by that is, we would spend a couple of hours out in public and we made a rule-NO TALKING OUT LOUD! We could only communicate by signing each word using the alphabet. Now, we are a very talkative couple and we use our hands a lot and I mean A LOT to talk. So picture two people,left arms moving around,right arm spelling words and two impatient people. Being married for almost 22 years and we still have so much to say to each other. The alphabet was slow and caused a lot of laughter. Thank goodness we have started slowly learning whole words. 🙂
helicopter above afraid cat kiss apple candy together family love baby sister brother grandma grandpa
These are a few words we have learned!
There is a video in the back of the book and googling words and watching someone else sign to you helps tremendously. What a fun time we are having learning a new language ***** We Love You!