Sign Language 101 Lesson 1 – Gestures & Body Language

hello hello hello and welcome welcome all to sign language 101 dot-com lesson number one how I ride I'm motivated and ready to get started but before we jump in let me introduce myself my name is dr. Byron bridges yes I'm a doctor I have a PhD in the field of linguistics you know I've been teaching sign language for so many years now and I've started many many years ago elementary school middle school high school college graduate school so with all my years about thirty years altogether of experience I'm bringing it to the table and I present it to you of course over the years I've seen the many different ways and methods people have learned sign language people go to classes or they learn from a book but there's been one reoccurring problem you see sign language is a visual language and it's tough to learn from a book so I thought let's teach sign language through videos and offer it online so I'm going to show you all the different tricks and techniques and I'm happy to share with you everything else that I've learned and we're going to do it all in sign language 101 we have ten different lessons this is the first lesson and we have nine more to go so sign language 101 will have a continuous theme we've developed this course to make it as easy as possible to learn the language people such as yourself who are motivated and can't find the right place to go sign language 101 has collected all of this information and it will help you to become a skilled signer with a strong foundation and you'll be able to start signing right out of the box and communicate with people who have hearing loss so I encourage you to keep working keep practicing and you will learn well how how are you going to learn let me explain let's talk about the format we'll have a continuous format but for right now we're going to start off with some gestures and facial expressions we'll review some numbers as well the other lessons will have different themes as we continue on but we'll also add on some deaf culture information for you some language tips we'll have a quiz and of course we're going to review the vocabulary so you're going to learn a great deal in these short lessons it's not too long not too short should be just right we understand that people are busy and this is your opportunity to learn sign language when you can so take advantage of this system it'll work are you ready I am so excited and ready to teach let's get in let's get started are you ready so who can learn sign language Oh anybody can learn sign language it doesn't matter if you're slow or fast the important thing is that you learn how to communicate and really there's deaf people all over the place you never know when you might run into a deaf person it might be your neighbor or at a restaurant may be at a library do you have deaf children or know of some deaf children maybe there's a deaf person at your church you'll always find a deaf person somewhere so it's important that by learning sign language you have a good strong foundation I feel hmmm I know that you know some sign language and not using sign language I'm going to show you some gesture to show you how you can get by there'll be some signs and some gestures as well so let's see how you do and see how many you know it's fun are you ready yes No come on car swim no way whatever all right delicious sit down you me he her I don't know what's up drink house he here see face hair eyes nose mouth eat count married kids how many toes arms hands cards hat look oat driving over a hill sewing right make a call type Circle square rectangle triangle riding a bike riding a motorcycle so you see there's some signs that you might struggle with but there's some I'm sure you understand so this course will teach you how to communicate are you ready to get in in depth in some more language now let's talk about some facial expressions you might be wondering facial expressions oh I can't do that remember sign language isn't just about your hands it's equally important that you have facial expressions to support your signs and you know it's inside all of us it's an eight and so you already have it inside you can incorporate that with your sign language if you're mad for example you can say no as opposed to no use your facial expressions so what I'll do is give you a few examples guess what I'm trying to say I'm using my face to assist what my hands are signing are you ready you and now you've seen some facial expressions hopefully you realize how important they are for sign language now is the facial expressions enough no actually there's something else called body language let me show you a few examples and let's see if you can understand what I'm trying to say it's time for numbers I'll show you are you ready watch closely one two three four five six seven eight nine ten all right numbers one through ten and now it's time for language tip just letting you know so many people spend all their time learning how to sign but when it comes to reading sign they have a hard time understanding it's important to watch the face and the body language if you do that with their signs you'll get a better idea of what they're trying to say and the more vocabulary words that you learn in time the more confident you'll be and easier it will become to understand what people are signing it's important to remember to watch the entire body not the hand of the signer that's a problem with most people learning sign language look at the hand and at the face at the same time it's the whole image that you need to focus on by incorporating the gestures facial expressions and signs you'll get it just letting you know and now it's time for your first quiz are you ready let's go you Wow so you've seen gestures facial expressions and body language and how they all work together in sign language don't worry in the following lessons will be covering vocabulary words but it's important that you have a fallback system in case you ever forget a word or phrase you can always rely on your gestures facial expressions and body language to help communicate you know most deaf people are very good at trying to figure out what you're saying if you're able to use your face and your body so use those gestures it will help you a great deal and you'll improve don't worry we'll cover the vocabulary soon you

40 thoughts on “Sign Language 101 Lesson 1 – Gestures & Body Language”

  1. WAY too advanced and complicated. Think about a Spanish 101 video. "Hola" "Bueno" "gracias" "donee esta". This video is fluent language for over 4 mins before a basic term is explained.

  2. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” hmm I'm not sure I'll be moving on to further lessons. I've been learning ASL and this looks a bit off. Perhaps this is the middle eastern version.

  3. I really enjoy these videos because I get to watch some fluid gestures from a real ASL user along with some translation at the same time, and I enjoy much of explanations as the signs are given ie how you turn to the side and show it from front view and side view. However in this first video I struggled with some of the most basic signs, because although I understand the importance of exaggerating facial expressions and body language to help both the signer and interpreter, I sometimes did not know how much was just for the basic sign and what was added on for emphasis, for example the sign for drive over the hill… It seemed to me like if you are signing that quickly you wouldn't have time to do as much hand motion as was done in this video. I guess that is just one example that I have. I like the explanations and extra hand motions but I need to know what is basic and what is done as more of a flare, more of an emphasis. I think probably a lot of people learning ASL may struggle with that because going from a written or spoken language to a visual language is like trying to leave a world of very rigid and specific grammar rules to a world where there is a lot of room open for emphasis and subtle differences from one person to the next.

  4. not everyone can learn sign language, not if they are blind, but aside from that, yea, anyone can, as long as they pay attention, regardless, you do a super job!

  5. Just found these. I'm not sure if you still receive msgs but Thank You!! I'm 47, losing my ability to speak due to a neurological issue. The women in my family experience complete hearing loss by their 60s. I didn't even know where to begin. Learning a new way to communicate at my age is overwhelming. I'm feeling a bit more confident that I can do this. Thanks again.

  6. The modern technology can easily make the voice code into physical vibration codes and create a device that will communicate with deaf people.
    I wish some dudes would come forward to do this task. After all sound is just Air Vibration. Why not transfer or transform it into material vibration.
    It is simple as this. A mobile app can be created and promoted. The ultra-able people can easily follow it.

  7. Sign Language Demystified is what this series should be called because, for me, this is the first time I realized that I can learn to Sign. Thank you so much for producing these videos.

  8. Can I only use little movements to talk to a deaf person? Or is it best to learn ASL? Where the movements at the beginning ASL? Is ASL the only way to talk to a deaf person?

  9. does my hand have to be facing the same way as yours for the numbers? Also, do facial expressions really matter just as much as the hand gestures? Would a deaf person not be able to understand you without facial expressions? Maybe someone in the comments or you could answer.

  10. I'm wondering about the phone gesture. I would have thought people use that phone holding thing up by the ear, now that dialing is not really common. probably depends on the generation.

  11. he could do ads for face cream, his skin is beautiful. and it's hard not to smile when you watch him, he's so funny and sweet.

  12. I thought the "whatever" gesture meant "F*** you" in ASL… Please tell me if I'm wrong, don't wanna accidently make that mistake

  13. This guy reminds me of "L.A. Noire requires you to read subtle facial cues to tell if someone is lying"

  14. My boyfriend is hard of hearing, so I'm trying to learn ASL to communicate with him more easily. These videos are very helpful! My only question is: Do we mirror the signs or copy them? Or is it not important which hard does which half of the gesture? Thanks!

  15. I wanted to say thank you for posting these lessons. Your videos and teachings have been the best to my personal understanding of signing and because of this, you have motivated me to continue learning. I'm only a few weeks into this 1 video and I was wondering if your signing and voicing our slightly out of sync or is this just my inaccuracy to reading? I typically watch with your signing and voice first, and then mute your voice and watch the signing and repeat. I apologize if I am incorrect as I have just started using your lessons.

  16. These signs are very different from the ones ive learned from trusted sources. Eat is different, aswell as yes and no.

  17. Can we do signing with normal facial expression? Most expression expressed here makes it look like he's having bad time or something.

  18. My grandfather has some difficulties with understanding what I'm saying because of his poor hearing so I thought It'll be useful to learn sign language beforehand

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