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There is a perception that learning sign language is hard, and, in a way, it is both true and not true. It depends largely on what type of sign language you are trying to learn.
The first thing to understand is what type of sign language you want to learn. This will most likely be based on where you live, and what verbal language is spoken in your community. Hand signs can vary based on the type of sign language being used. For example, there is American Sign Language (ASL), British Sign Language (BSL) and various others, based on different languages.
In general, sign language is grouped into three sections :
Deaf sign languages: The preferred languages of Deaf communities around the world; including village sign languages, shared with the hearing community, and Deaf-community sign languages
Auxiliary sign languages: Sign systems used alongside oral, spoken languages.
Signed modes of spoken languages, or manually coded languages: Used to bridge signed and spoken languages.
- You can take a sign language class. If you ever consider learning sign language, this is one of the best ways!
- You can learn by watching videos online!
- Hire a private, qualified professional sign language tutor! This is the fastest way to learn sign language as it gives you the focus, flexibility and attention you need to understand and learn sign language quickly.
OUR COACH EFFIE
Effie is a New York State licensed Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher. She holds a dual certification in childhood education and deaf and hard of hearing education. Effie has always had a passion for working with kids, beginning as a teenager when she started babysitting and tutoring children of all ages. She decided to take that passion and become a teacher. Effie chose American Sign Language as her language course when pursuing her teaching degree. During this course, Effie had to fully immerse herself within the deaf community, and she fell in love with this beautiful language and all the people she met along the way. She decided to take both of her passions and become a teacher for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Effie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in American Sign Language. She also attended the Seymour Joseph Institute of American Sign Language and received her certificate as an ASL interpreter. She went on to get her Masters in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education.
Effie currently works at New York School for the Deaf as an elementary school teacher. She offers services to deaf or hard of hearing children up to 4 years of age helping them develop fundamental learning skills prior to entering school. Many parents who find out their child is deaf or hard of hearing worry about how they will communicate with their child. Effie offers services providing American Sign Language to both the parents and child to help fill that communication gap and assist students to begin effectively communicating through sign language.