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Learning American Sign Language (ASL):
Cultural Lesson in Introducing Oneself
By Toni Lynn Van Bramer and Judy Moulton.
Illustrations by Elaine Ernst Schneider and Mankit Chan
September 5, 2002


It is important to know that Culturally the conversations are around who you know in the Deaf Community and you and your communication partner's connection with the Deaf Community.
 

When a hearing person is meeting a Deaf person for the first time, they must
provide this information and answer the following question:

1. First and last name
2. Identify themselves as hearing or deaf
3. Provide where they learned sign language
4. Who was the person/teacher that taught them sign language
 

Questions asked in ASL: 

1. You name what?

You
name
what

2. You Deaf/Hearing?

You
asl sign for 'deaf' - Touch chin just below the mouth on the left side, then touch cheek just below the ear.
how to sign 'hearing'
same sign as for 'speaking'

3. Learn sign where?

learn
sign
where?

4. Teacher sign who? 

teacher
sign who?

 

When a Deaf person is meeting someone for the first time, provide this
information/answer the following questions.

1. First and last name
2. Identify themselves as hearing, deaf, hard of hearing
3. If Deaf what school did they (you) attend?
4. Who do you know if the Deaf Community?
 

Questions asked in ASL: 

1. You name what?

You
name
what

2. You Deaf/Hearing?

You
asl sign for 'deaf' - Touch chin just below the mouth on the left side, then touch cheek just below the ear.

same sign as for 'speaking'

3. You school where?
 

You
school
where?

4. You know ___________________________?
            (the person asking would fingerspell a person's name)

You
know

 

Submitted by:  © Toni Lynn Van Bramer* and Judy Moulton**. Illustrations by Elaine Ernst Schneider and Mankit Chan
Judy Moulton has been a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Sign Language Instructor in Rochester, New York for more than 17 years. She has worked with all age groups from pre-school to adults. She has taught sign language at Monroe Community College, Community Education classes, and recently taught ASL for "foreign language" credit in the Greece School District. Toni Lynn Van Bramer earned a BS Degree in Speech Language Pathology and a MS Degree in Deaf Education in the Rochester, NY area. She currently teaches ASL level 1 and 2 to hearing students who are completing their second language requirement for their high school diploma.
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