Week 4 – Today we learned that position and expression are so very important to learning sign language. You can’t be a deadpan kind of person and successfully communicate with a deaf person (unless you are mimic-ing a deadpan person…right?). You have to get over yourself if you are going to be a good signer. You can’t be self conscious…..it doesn’t mean you’re overemphasizing-as in the old Greek times, when the actors were performing for hundreds of people…most of the time, you will be within a few feet of the person you are conversing with, so I encourage you to practice appropriate expression to match the story or thought that you are conveying.
We are getting closer to learning all the numbers. We reviewed up to 50 and then added 60,70,80 and 90. Woo Hooo!!
Time was another concept that was introduced. We have “time” on a clock and there is also the concept of “time” as in an epoch-a period or chunk of time. Review the differences and practice telling time in sign language to someone in your family.
Here’s a look at a verse from the Bible that uses “In the beginning”…..that would be considered a chunk of time. So would “A long, long time ago” or “Once upon a time”
Here are the notes from class.