We had decided that we were going to make an honest attempt at teaching our kids some sign language. There were a multitude of reasons for it: providing them with a means of complex communication, the benefits of multilingualism, and so on. There was one problem, though. I knew no sign. Not ASL, not another sign language. With my ridiculous schedule, regularly scheduled classes would be out of the question, and despite being multilingual virtually my entire life, I actually struggle tremendously with learning languages.
I turned to YouTube. I found a lot of options but none captured my attention like Meredith ASL. With clear, smart delivery, a discussion around the dialects and ideas of the language and repeated shots from multiple angles, a terrific website with lots of options, resources and ideas for learning on your own or with someone, it was perfect for someone like me.
Naturally, I’m still culturally disconnected from the language and my conversational skills are awful but as a first step, it feels very good. Check it out.
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