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Is learning sign language easy?

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Chelsea’s Answer

Hey Marie,

I'm a fluent signer in American Sign Language. My mom is deaf! And my dad learned sign language for her. It's not difficult since the grammar structure is more idealistic/rooted in the point of the message and less bogged down by rules like what you see in English or French or German. I learned it as I grew up so I don't have any recall for the moment I started learning but what it really comes down to is how persistent you are with signing. Your fingers will increase in flexibility as you use it but the point is to not stop once you start! If you decide to learn it, use a mirror and YouTube for videos and then when your vocabulary is great enough, I'd recommend listening to songs that you like or podcasts that you like and you can practice signing what you're hearing (now that I don't see my mom everyday, it's how I keep my signs fresh). Even better is to find someone who wants to learn with you and then you can "whisper" to each other in public when you want to take your conversations incognito ;)

Good luck!
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Riley’s Answer

Hi Marie, I don't think there is really any straight forward answer to this question, because something that is easy for one person might not be easy for another. However, compared to learning other foreign languages I believe that sign language is a bit easier to grasp. I think that because in some of the harder language to learn, you will need to learn an entirely new alphabet as well as completely new grammar rules and ways to format your sentences in a way that makes sense. However, sign language is still all of the same letters and words that you currently speak in English, you just need to learn the symbols that represent them.

Riley recommends the following next steps:

Sign Language 101 is a great online tool to get started!
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David’s Answer

We can't really answer, it is really depend on your interest in learning a new language, but sign language is somewhat easy if your are dedicated and determined to learn it, which it may help you in the future towards for work or even for communicating with people who may need this assistance.
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kristal’s Answer

Nothing is difficult just base on how much afford you have to paid.
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Bonnie’s Answer

I am sure you are passionate on Sign Language that led you to ask for support. You probably will take a course work to start learning Sign language.


It is more impactful for you to explore more chance to practice what you learned, if your environment has no Sign language need. I would suggest you to find some Community organization to practice. if you need immediately resources to test out your interest first, you may simply find free course on Youtube.

What make you be more consistent, you may invite friends to learn together. this will help you have fellows on practicing and take the Sign Language you learned if your daily life.

I shared my experience at work, our company supports diversity and inclusion. Therefore, we have chance to join Sign Language course in company volunteer activity, and company employs one Sign language employee. so that we will learn and practice at work .

I know it is not easy for you to start learning a new language, the key is to consistently practice and let yourself get into the environment (friends learn together, join community service etc...).

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Imelda’s Answer

American Sign Language is its own language. It is no different in difficulty than learning any other language. To learn any language we have to practice, practice practice. Make sure to pay attention to the teacher's instruction and then repeat the process. Look for situations that will allow you to practice. Don't be afraid to make mistakes- it's part of the learning process. Pay attention to your mistakes and learn from them. Good luck.
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