Something different I want to talk about today is Sign Language.
My little cousin is non verbal/ special needs. She is now seven years old (they grow up so fast!). Her mom (my aunt) was told she would never talk, but if you knew my aunt you would know she never takes anything lying down. She decided from the start that she would do something about it.
So since she was two years old she has been using ASL (American Sign Language), and it’s opened up a whole new world for her. Now she doesn’t have to scream if she wants something, she can use her Signs.
I find sign so fascinating, since it’s a whole different language using just your hands!
I’ve been spending two months living here in America with my aunt, so I’ve been around my cousin literally 24/7. Therefore I’ve learnt quiet a few signs during my time here. I can tell you the Sign for school, I love you, food, friends, toilet, salad, rain… even poo (if you’ve seen Meet The Fockers, you probably already know this one! 😉
Fun Fact: There’s different types of Sign all around the world, the same was that there is different languages. There is ASL (American), BSL (British), JSL (Japanese), FSL (French) etc
”Why is sign different all around the world?” you may be asking
Well sign languages, like spoken languages, developed naturally out of groups of people interacting with each other. Therefore there is going to be different variations of it.
Another interesting thing I’ve learnt is that Sign Language have their own grammar, and ASL is the third most widely used language in the USA after English and Spanish!
A question my aunt has brought up with me is that if ASL is the third most used language in America, then why is it not a subject in school? If English, Spanish and a number of other languages are taught, why not Sign?
Not being able to communicate with others can be lonely, but Sign can open a whole new door for people. And to make it one step better wouldn’t it be great if they could communicate with people around them, and the people UNDERSTOOD them?
With my cousin, everyone tries to figure out how they can bring her into our world but how I see it why don’t we try and come into her world as well?
That’s my food of thought for the week… maybe I’ll make it a weekly/ monthly thing.. hmm what do you guys think?
What’s your opinion on Sign Language? Do any of ye speak it, do ye have an interest to learn it?
Bye for now
P.S a good place to learn more about Sign Language is from the series Signing Time