When I began this introductory ASL class, I started with the 12-week curriculum program, which you will see as a separate button on the website. It is VERY beginner-driven. We start with the alphabet, and with numbers, then add simple words and phrases. Over the years, people have asked me to add Bible verses, which I have done, just as a service, because I also enjoy the challenge of translating verses.
I would caution new readers to my website to understand that the Bible verses are a separate pursuit from the original context of the 12 week curriculum. Enjoy them if you like, but the verses that people have asked me to translate are not beginning level. Not at all.
Someone asked me about Philippians 1:27. A great verse.
As these verses get more complicated and outside of the “kid range” that my site is generally skewed toward, I spend more time talking about why I choose one sign over another. I think it’s important when talking about God’s word, to be clear about why I am choosing the signs that I choose. And, again, I emphasize that American Sign Language is not a word-for-word English transliteration. For instance, in this verse it says “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”…..for us to really drill down, we have to understand what this means…and I think Paul is saying here that you have to live a life worthy of and considering the gospel (sign “good” plus “news” or you will see an acceptable initialized sign). With that in mind, my sign choices are “life” plus “your” plus (move forward) plus “know” “worth” “gospel”…..of course this doesn’t make sense in English, but we are wanting to learn ASL. Not English on your hands (Seeing Exact English SEE).