Dos and Don’ts of Interacting with the Deaf Community [CC]


Hi everyone! Welcome back to The Essential Sign, I’m Chrissy! Today what we are going to do is discuss the Dos and Don’ts of socializing with the Deaf community. *Hearing aid ringing* This video is mostly for new signers and ASL students. I have a lot to say and I have a list, so I will go ahead and start. First, we are a community and culture, we don’t want your pity. So don’t say, “I’m sorry you are Deaf, that sucks” I hate that. Do: Show your motivation to become involved and share your reasons why. Don’t isolate yourself because your intimidated or whatever, really the best way to get involved and pick up signs is to fully imerge yourself in the community. But I encourage you to learn basic conversation and some signs before you try that. Do: Be honest about your situation, your background, and experience with ASL. Hi! I’m new, I’m learning ASL and taking ASL 1. I’m learning ASL online. Hi! I’m ——, I’m taking ASL 3 in college, studying to become an ASL interpreter. Do: Try and stay voice off and try not to simcom. Simcom is speaking and signing at the same time. It doesn’t work. Don’t: Try and teach ASL if you are only a student. You aren’t qualified and you will lose respect from the community, Especially online. Do: Respect eachother and listen to the Deaf communities opinions on rights and advocacy, that kind of thing. Just listen. Don’t: Show up and try and impede on our conversations. It’s rude. And don’t try to translate or interpret, unless if we ask for help. Only if asked. If you impede on our conversations you are limiting our abilities. It’s rude and- It’s a thing I hate. If you are an ASL student, know your teachers name! Simple right. There are two reasons why. 1) It’s ridiculous not to know. 2) Some people in the community know the teachers, so they will probably ask you who your teacher is. You probably want to know it. Don’t: Beg for a sign name. If we think of some thing that fits we will let you know, But we won’t if we don’t know you, who you are good enough. Do: If you want to learn and improve your signing, ask simple little questions. Thats fine. So I was walking around with a friend and looking around we saw a umm- Hey whats the sign for b-i-r-d? So I was walking with my friend and we saw a bird. It was cool. Are you Deaf, Hard of hearing, or hearing? Don’t: Use socializing with Deaf friends like a second class. It’s not our job to teach you and sometimes we will help you, but theres a line. Do: Be flexible and patient. There needs to be good lighting and eye contact is important. Don’t: Pretend to understand if you don’t understand. I will notice if you are clueless. I see you. Do: Understand the community is diverse. Some people sign ASL, some PSE, some SEE. It varies, every individual is different. Just depends on the person. Don’t: Assume we can lip read and never force or pressure a Deaf person to voice or speak. Thats terrible. Just don’t. Don’t do it. Do: Understand the Deaf community has face years and years of oppression. Going back the community has so much culture. And you need to recognize you have hearing privilege. Recognize and accept your hearing privilege. Don’t: Be upset or angry if someone doesn’t like you. There is some bias in the community and it happens. Thats reality. It happens. Sometimes people just don’t like you. It doesn’t matter. Move on! I think thats it for today! Hope you learned something and enjoyed the video! Comment if you want to share anything about the topic. Thanks for watching! Bye!

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  1. The Essential Sign said:

    Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1smZiMJMsVoo2adhmTm6kSCbjL4vx90JlKlCbEGjQYTw/edit?usp=sharing

    September 3, 2018
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  2. Al Cd said:

    I would not define it as "pity, " but it is a natural reaction for people to feel sympathetic toward the deaf – and the blind, mute, crippled, and anyone with physical handicaps.
    I have a friend who is completely deaf and has been so since birth. While he has led a very successful – and normal – life, he inherently wants to hear more than anything. This is where the majority of the hearing community would instinctively feel sad for him: the same way we feel sorry for those who experience any loss or sadness. They are as human as the rest of us and must be treated equally, but we wish they could overcome their disability(ies).

    October 2, 2018
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  3. Kaitlyn Pinegar said:

    I'm in ASL 2 and really want to be fluent in ASL eventually. I really love how you sign–it was easy to understand and I feel like I was able to pick up a lot of it! I really appreciate it! thanks for this video, you have a new subscriber 🙂

    October 5, 2018
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  4. Billie Sparrow said:

    Love this video! I'm PJM student (Polish Sign Language) and all these rules apply to Deaf community in Poland 🙂 Although I have to say I feel like here in Poland they are a little bit more open to the topic of choosing sign names. Many times I've seen Deaf person simply asking hearing person which sign would he/she like to have or presenting few different ones and letting them choose 🙂 Also I've seen hearing student telling her Deaf teacher that she doesn't feel her sign name suits her anymore and he would just let her change it to whatever she wants. But I think that the "strict" way is a little bit cooler because you get the most accurate sign 😀

    October 7, 2018
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  5. Jessi Does Stuff said:

    I reallyyyyy struggle not to simcom. My fiancé is deaf (right side due to severe ear infection at 24, and left side due to acute degenerative hearing loss at 29), he decided to get CI's. But both of his parents (and a lot of his extended family) are Deaf, so ASL is his first language. We currently live in the remote north, so ASL classes are not accessible. I've been signing for 13 years now, so I am pro at fingerspelling hahaha and my sign vocabulary is substantial, but I still struggle with the ASL grammar and syntax, so I tend to sign PSE which makes it much easier to simcom. His parents have both said that they like it when I sign PSE and simcom especially when there are other hearing people around, but in a Deaf environment it is definitely more awkward. We don't have children yet, but when we do they will definitely, no questions asked, have to learn ASL regardless of their own hearing abilities, and I don't want to mess up their ASL learning by signing PSE all the time.

    October 9, 2018
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  6. Akiva Bernstein said:

    Honestly one of the best features that YouTube has added in the last year or so is playback speed now I can slow it down and it makes it much easier to understand.

    October 14, 2018
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  7. Periwinkle said:

    we can't make up our own sign names?

    October 25, 2018
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  8. TheKelliestKelly said:

    This was awesome! Thanks for making it. I took an ASL 1 class about two years ago but I've forgotten so much. After I watched once, I played the video again to see if I could pick up anything without closed captions. Haha, I got very few things and I wasn't surprised. I'll have to take another class soon now that I've gotten my BA and have more time for learning not associated with a degree

    October 26, 2018
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  9. Ashley Twogood said:

    Question about ASL DONT
    u said DONT teach if ur a student…
    What if someone asks me to teach them what i know or what someone said..?
    I'm really asking

    October 31, 2018
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  10. Gabriella Nelson said:

    I am deaf and I just followed your channel I love u😍

    November 20, 2018
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  11. 2.4M Views said:

    Lmao my younger sister and my mother are deaf and I bug my little sister with some of these “rude questions” cuz she’s my little sister

    November 20, 2018
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  12. Scott Reacher said:

    I just found your channel tonight, and I love it. Thank you for doing this. I really appreciate it.

    December 4, 2018
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  13. Emma Chitty said:

    I thought it was interesting what you said about hearing privilege. Do you feel the same way about sight?

    December 5, 2018
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  14. Rachael W. said:

    Just came across your channel! you should post more frequently. I love your personality!!

    December 13, 2018
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  15. Casey Sexton said:

    I really appreciate this video! I'm starting my interpreter degree next month. I made an instagram story today of myself signing and talking at the same time (2 no nos at once!!!!!) so i'm so glad i watched this and will hopefully save myself lots of embarrassment and annoyance from the deaf community. Thanks again!

    December 18, 2018
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  16. Signs of Joy said:

    Thank u! I am real interested in the deaf community, but only get a few opportunities to interact in it. I really wish I had seen this before the last time!🤦🏼‍♀️😂 I also am teaching myself so don’t notice a lot of the things I do that I should change- thanks so much for making the video!

    December 25, 2018
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  17. Любослав Илков said:

    🙂

    December 26, 2018
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  18. Ettina Kitten said:

    Is it still bad to voice if you're following ASL grammar? I find it easier to organize my thoughts while signing if I voice the gloss as I sign, and often find myself doing it (at least mouthing it) without realizing.

    December 26, 2018
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  19. Honey Blossom said:

    I’m deaf and I have all the don’t done do me

    December 30, 2018
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  20. Happy Ivy ASL said:

    hi! is it ok If I share your vlog in my vlog? bc I want people to learn about dos & don'ts.

    January 17, 2019
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  21. ASL Teaching Resources said:

    I loved your video. I'll be sharing this with my students.

    January 27, 2019
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  22. Moonlightsweetener said:

    Im learning asl because i wanna become an asl interpreter

    February 6, 2019
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  23. Love Is The Way w Michelle Bella said:

    Thank you so much Chrissy! I am a new student in ASL 1 and all you just shared was so important and helpful, truly Thank you!💃🏻☺️💃🏻

    February 18, 2019
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  24. Raphael Evangelista said:

    Love this video! Good tips, Chrissy! 👍🏼

    February 25, 2019
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  25. daveryan8 said:

    The Phonak jingle and feedback ,,,, ,story of my live, love it!

    February 28, 2019
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  26. Toni Love said:

    Thanks for this video!

    The intimidation part is real. I need to get over it tho!

    Will share! ❤️

    March 9, 2019
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  27. Jeevin Parhar said:

    deaf people are all retards

    March 15, 2019
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  28. Steven Bowser said:

    Can someone explain "hearing privilege" to me? How can having typical, functioning senses be a "privilege"? "Privilege" to me holds a connotation of, "you're a bad-guy because of who you are. You think you're better than us."

    Humans are supposed to hear–it's an important sense. If you are Deaf, you have some form of dysfunction or "disability" because your hearing doesn't work.

    Obviously, Deaf people are functioning, normal people in that they are independent and don't have cognitive problems or anything, and they should be treated as equals, obviously. But insulting typical people as if something is their fault is ridiculous.

    I am a new ASL learner, and I am hearing. I love this language and I'm fascinated by it, but when I see Deaf people be rude to hearing people (most people) it makes me feel offended. "Hearing privilege?" Does that mean there is "seeing privilege" and "walking privilege" too? No. It's called being "a typical human"

    March 16, 2019
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  29. WakeWolf said:

    I am going to share this to social media! 😀

    March 21, 2019
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  30. #NOASLFAKERS said:

    Why do u mouth the words precisely in English if u r deaf? As born deaf myself I wonder the ability..

    March 25, 2019
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  31. Helena said:

    I found it really helpful for other (deaf/hoh) people if you ask what type of communication they want (signing/typing/talking/writing) they get happy and excited because you've let them know you want to be accessible for them

    April 6, 2019
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  32. Eva Henson said:

    TY! Awesome video. Great, helpful tips for an ASL newbie like me. I love your lilac purple hair, by the way. So pretty.

    April 7, 2019
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  33. Roy Rodrick said:

    We are a joke to humanity a bunch of God rejects

    April 17, 2019
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  34. PurpleQueenSloth said:

    I'm so glad I found your YouTube channel, it's so nice to live in a generation that has access to so much interesting and useful about minorities such as the dissabeled community, lgbt community ect… and be able to share it with people I know. Also, I love your shirt! 💜

    April 25, 2019
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  35. Mason Crawford said:

    Hi!!!!! I am so glad I found your channel! I just subscribed you!!! and I love your personality!!! Thank you for bringing these points up! TRUE BIZ!!!!! 🤟🏼😜✌🏻Follow mine and Blakelyn's channel 'Sign with Grace' ! Hope you enjoy it!!!

    April 25, 2019
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  36. Stephen Goggin said:

    An important don't when you're around hearing people: Don't fart. We can hear it. It makes noise…

    April 29, 2019
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  37. Don’t mind me. I’m just afraid of everything. said:

    So, I’m hearing. Would I be allowed to include Deaf characters in my book after I’ve done the research?

    May 9, 2019
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  38. william graves said:

    excellent idea some good Postive " do" the essential sign. most good Postive is an aidttude.

    May 13, 2019
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  39. william graves said:

    deaf people are happy or unhappy?
    deaf people love American sign languages deaf people love fun and happy livings people hate a lot of agures and violently languages( non- verbal and verbal).
    do mean deaf man is happy to look how a flying bird goes to… a hearing woman sees his happy face. Postive he is happy.
    don't
    hearing girl sees his facial face … she seems scare of his face is ugly. he sees a bird to drink a water in a pond.

    May 13, 2019
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  40. Peaceful Medicine said:

    Thank you so much! I am interested in learning ASL and found your videos to be very helpful!

    May 18, 2019
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  41. Dipper Pines said:

    Hello! So at my highschool we have an ASL club, but the teacher is only a sponsor. I know you said we shouldn't try to teach ASL if you're only a student but that's all we really have. Do you have any advice on how we can do the best we can?

    May 28, 2019
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  42. RabuHina said:

    RabuHina
    4 days ago
    I wish ASL was taught in schools. It will be a valuable asset for you in the future for a few reasons:
    1) if you loose the ability to speak (temporary or permanent) you can still communicate with people (secondary to having a notepad out on your phone to convey a message)
    2) if you loose your hearing later in life, or an accident, you have prior experience with ASL.
    3) If you encounter a deaf person trying to convey an order at a restaurant, ask someone for directions, your experience in learning it can help get the message across.

    May 31, 2019
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  43. KelleyKay said:

    well to take your advice about sharing why we want to be involved in the community… I took three years of ASL in high school and was (almost fluent), but i haven’t practiced since then and lost it. I am trying to relearn. I was always interested in sign language and I learned so much about your culture in those classes. I want to become fluent in sign language again so that I can break down communication barriers since I do work with the public. And also because I am in school to become a teacher so if I ever have a Deaf kid in one of my classes I can help them better. I actively try to understand and learn more about different groups of people. Plus some of y’all are cool and id love to be friends without worrying about a possible communication barrier 🙂

    June 1, 2019
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  44. Alize Ramirez said:

    This video has no sound for me

    June 20, 2019
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  45. ryan cole said:

    @The Essential Sign so I have a major question I did three years if sign language two in highschool with my teacher Donn Nelson but it's been a while since I've signed a whole lot so how would I tell a deaf person that it's been a while since I've used asl?

    June 21, 2019
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  46. Gracekelley Kelley said:

    I only understood sum [without the text] ,but I want to keep trying to understand and appreciate American Sign language community (or is it deaf community?) (sorry if that seemed/sounded rude or weird)

    June 23, 2019
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  47. Richie S said:

    Now I’m too afraid to communicate with anyone.. 😝

    June 25, 2019
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  48. Skyler Grant said:

    You’re so awesome!! I took a 3/4 of a year of ASL and used to go to a deaf church. Im hearing but just loved the community and wanted to know more! There were definitely people there not happy to see me because i was hearing, but everyone has their own opinions. Im just trying to learn and make peace ☺️

    June 27, 2019
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  49. ange1energy said:

    I know a bit of ASL, but everytime i get the opportunity to sign with someone deaf, I get toonscared of messing up and end uo freezing

    June 27, 2019
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  50. Olivia Clinton said:

    Hi my name is Olivia. I am not deaf. I am going into seventh grade. I can fluently speak ASL. I started signing at 5 months old. You are the only person in tik tok that I she seen awnser questions about being deaf. I honestly just think you are amazing and I hope you can see and respond to this message.

    June 28, 2019
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  51. Blink Pink said:

    Thank you very much!!

    June 29, 2019
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  52. Madison Davis said:

    I’m only 13 but I’ve been interested in ASL for a while now. I’ve learned the basics and I’m starting to learn more complex signs and phrases . While I can’t have full-blown conversation, I pick up bits and pieces! I mainly just watch YouTube tutorials and follow images on websites, so I am NOWHERE near a professional! But I am saving up some money to take a class! My aunt is a speech therapist, so she’s been helping me out a little bit. The language is really cool and I get really excited when other people are interested. I completely recommend looking into it!

    July 4, 2019
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  53. Angel Love said:

    Hi there I’m Angel and I’m Hearing but I took three years of ASL in high school and im a college student my career is to get my certificate and AA degree in ASL. When I sign with Deaf people I feel happy. That’s a lot about me.
    🤟🏽 ASL King Out

    July 6, 2019
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  54. SilentAnimation said:

    My boyfriend uncle is deaf and i have been trying to teach myself since my cousin is hard of hearing but everytime i get the chance to have a conversation with him i freeze up cause i feel like my sign language isnt good enough.

    July 8, 2019
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  55. Hannah H. said:

    I have been learning asl for about 7 years and only recently got a sign name. Seriously don’t beg for it it is so much more special when you get it naturally and genuinely

    July 10, 2019
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  56. Chloe Mazurkiewicz said:

    Very informative video, thank you for taking the time to make it.

    July 15, 2019
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  57. Angel Neiman said:

    I’m about to go college soon for sign language interpretation. And this definitely helped me a lot.

    July 17, 2019
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  58. Matthew Williams said:

    Thanks for the vid! I learned alot

    July 26, 2019
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  59. Kayla Keats said:

    this is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. You're very easy to understand for a new learner of ASL. Thank you!

    August 2, 2019
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  60. My Click Tip said:

    This is one of my faaaaavorite videos about it!
    I'm learning ASL online and trying to watch everything possible. And this is super helpful =D
    Thank you!

    August 3, 2019
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  61. Gacha Studios said:

    I am hearing, learning sign language. I hate telling people I know sign language because they are always like "how do you say this?" "How do you say that" and I'm new to this. Sometimes they ask and I dont know how so I tell them and they are disappointed. I really wanna be fluent:(

    August 5, 2019
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  62. Andrew Parsons said:

    You should probably link to your Bonfire website for the LGBTQIA+ shirt in the video description since you are modelling the product in this video.

    August 6, 2019
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  63. Andy Miller said:

    Ever thought of not mouthing all your words? It would make it easier to understand. Also you’re not using ASL- you’re actually using SEE. If you sign and speak at the same time you’ll end up using your native language, English

    August 8, 2019
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  64. MEGA oof said:

    I learned a lot from you that I didn't know…and in 9th I might be taking a sign language class

    August 18, 2019
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  65. It'sMeSirFuzzy said:

    Hey… I just wanted to say that you helped my mom get over a fear of going deaf over the past few years and possibly wanting to further her knowledge on the implant. I showed her the video of you taking off the implant and she immediately wanted to know more and demanded I make her an account so she could follow you to see more of your videos… to which she shows me all the time. In short…thank you for what you are showing to the world. You are making a difference!

    August 22, 2019
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  66. James Mallard said:

    Thank you for this video and the hope that you are giving me! I start SGNL 1301 on Monday at San Antonio College, because the degree that I am going for is Speech-Language Pathology.

    August 25, 2019
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  67. JaiDemon Playz said:

    Can you clarify about the teaching asl if your a student, because I want to teach my friends some asl, but now I'm kinda worried! 😰

    August 29, 2019
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  68. Drawing Kiddo said:

    I understood without captions:)) I've been teaching myself using the internet and books for about 3 years and I'm so happy!

    August 30, 2019
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  69. Ultra Violet1197 said:

    What's a sign name?

    September 1, 2019
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  70. Jesse Bustos Jr. said:

    Liked & Subscribed!!

    September 5, 2019
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  71. idc said:

    1 time i was at a restaurant and there was a deaf lady and the waiter was so rude to her and didn't want to help her. So yeah typically i couldn't just sit around and do nothing so i went there and tried to help but the lady became mad at ME!? Since that day i never helped anyone anymore and just let people be. It really changed my whole perspective and i changed so much after that day.

    September 5, 2019
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  72. Indy Huxtable said:

    I found your YouTube from the twitter video of you, and I love this. This was very informative and has given me much more knowledge on the deaf community, and has also given me a sense of belonging knowing that no one hates me for not always knowing what to say back or understanding everything, as long as I’m honest lol. I’ve already expressed my motivation for wanting to learn ASL to you on Twitter, but I just wanted to reiterate that I feel like this is a language barrier that I’m glad is diminishing, and seeing you happy in that video because 3 people spoke with you in ASL was beautiful. As a kid I hated missing out on meeting really cool people such as yourself, so I’m glad the deaf community is as welcoming as it is and so many are dedicated to educating everyone. Thank you. Because you don’t have to do this. And still you do. You’re helping us in ways you don’t even know ♥️ Or maybe you do 😉 LOL.

    September 5, 2019
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  73. ImJustEcho said:

    So in all honesty if anyone comes across this, I was researching things not to say to deaf people because there's a girl in my class and she's deaf, she's really nice! I want to be her friend, and I also realised the 1st day she sat alone wich made me upset because I know what it feels like to sit alone and I can't imagine what its like to go through school being deaf with everyone around you being hearing but being the anxious person I am didn't want to do anything stupid or rude so I wanted to research. :'o

    September 5, 2019
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  74. juggalo biker said:

    I'm starting to look into ASL courses so I appreciate the tips on how to socialize with that community. I hope to someday be able to have at least a decent conversation with people in ASL.

    September 5, 2019
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  75. Chanae Joniak said:

    Hey! I’m still in college but will be teaching ASL in high school in a few years and I think this video is awesome, would you mind if I shared this with my students? If not that’s totally fine! 🙂

    September 6, 2019
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  76. bella fornaciari said:

    I found your channel in an article. As a student in asl, i learned a lot from this! Thank you!!

    September 9, 2019
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  77. Emily Dechant said:

    This is an amazing video (and channel). I just began learning ASL and really want to make sure I am respectful to the community – thanks for the great, light and fun video!

    September 11, 2019
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  78. Abather Almajedi said:

    Thanks for upload this video. This is so awesome
    I'm deaf. About 80% of people said that to me… I was like… "Yeah yeah sure sure"

    September 18, 2019
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  79. Natalie Parker said:

    Hey thanks! I'm curious about something you said about simcom. Throughout most of the video you were moving your lips. Even though you weren't technically speaking, isn't that kinda the same thing?? I don't see how actually speaking is much different. I hope I'm not being offensive; I'm genuinely curious.

    September 23, 2019
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  80. Chelsey Abbott said:

    I always worry that who ever I'm signing with will be frustrated that I dont know more than I do or that I sign too slow or fingerspell too much. I know thats probably not the case but

    September 24, 2019
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  81. Ngachanpei Hatake said:

    Ua awesome, and thanks for letting us know.😊
    Thank u.

    September 24, 2019
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  82. Amanda Nawrot said:

    I think it’s so amazing and interesting to see someone who’s deaf signing to some it’s really cool

    September 27, 2019
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  83. TheStoryOfMyLife said:

    I love this. Im going to a Deaf social tonight. Im a student and I was so intimidated my first one, I don't sign very good I'm in my first year, but I keep coming back and want to continue to learn!

    September 27, 2019
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  84. Jacob Harvath said:

    You don’t
    Look deaf

    September 29, 2019
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  85. Claire Hannah said:

    So I’ve been learning asl and I guess I have a question would it be wrong to help my friend with asl if I’m still a student? I mean I know I am in no way fluid and I have a lot of work and practice ahead of me to get to even an acceptable level but learning online can feel isolating and it’s not always easy to find reliable sources of course I share the sources I find helpful with my friend and all but would it be wrong to help them with or clarify how to sign something if they’re confused about it because I’m a student? If I’m disrespecting the deaf/hard of hearing community with this I’ll stop but I just don’t see any harm in helping someone out if they’re informed you’re not fluent in asl

    October 9, 2019
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  86. Emma Brannen said:

    I know a student shouldn't be teaching ASL, but what are your thoughts about just showing friends a few words here and there. Not the actual language but just like vocab.

    October 12, 2019
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  87. Tudor Miller said:

    💗

    October 16, 2019
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  88. Brandy M said:

    I am learning sign. I just want to be able to communicate or be friends to someone regardless of whether or not they can hear. If they're a cool person, I just wanna get to know them. And really, you never know when you may really need that skill. I get nervous about actually using it. And honestly, I don't know many users of ASL. Is there a way for me to meet people online in the deaf community? Where would I go?

    October 18, 2019
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  89. Jannie Stories said:

    Hi I’m not in asl classes but I would love to one day I just learned the asl alphabet again but I’m in 7th grade but anyway you are amazing this video showed and taught me what and what I should not do to a deaf person but I am glad they are here because everyone is different and unique in their own way so thanks for teaching me something today ❤️❤️

    October 19, 2019
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  90. Aline S said:

    I'm learning ASL online, I started a week ago. I love watching your videos!

    October 21, 2019
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  91. ben ballam said:

    @The Essential Sign I love your hair! purple is my favorite color!

    October 23, 2019
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  92. SweetZ SparklyMe said:

    4:45

    October 25, 2019
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  93. Allen Quartermane said:

    I really like your channel and have subscribed to it. I am in remission of throat cancer and the treatments have left me not totally deaf, I can hear sounds but words are muffled and distorted. Funny story….I went to the store and the clerk asked me " How's your day?" but I heard " Are you GAY? hahahahahahaha………I am 68 and it's hard to sign with arthritis in my hands and fingers, but I do the best I can and have been letting store managers and clerks know the importance of learning signing to communicate with deaf people that shop there and not leave us out of society which we must try to be a part of. I am not happy about my situation, but glad to experience it so that it has made me aware of a whole people group in society that are shunned by the mainstream in all areas of life. Side note, everyone playing Charades wants me as their partner! hahahahahahaha…………

    October 31, 2019
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  94. Suzanne Hedderly said:

    Thank you for going right to point. Simple and direct.

    November 3, 2019
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  95. Kisha Velez said:

    im trying to get more involed in the deaf community and this was really helpful! as a hearing person i didnt know what things would be considered rude or annoying. im just trying to learn because i really enjoy it.

    November 5, 2019
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  96. Jiero St. John said:

    You are so cute,
    I love you

    November 14, 2019
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  97. Jillian Amoroso said:

    Alota this is just ignorance from people if they do the donts. But i lost alot a my hearing 2 yrs ago after an infection that was septic an blood clots travled to my coculer. Saw an ENT Specialist and he said i need hearing aids but my insurance dosent cover them and im not eligible for implants cause im not profoundly deaf.

    November 16, 2019
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  98. Adam Forbes said:

    Can someone please translate this for us non-signers? I only started learning ASL 3 days ago, so I only know the alphabet. I have no clue what's being said here, but these are things I feel I should know for when I do eventually get fluent enough to interact.

    November 17, 2019
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  99. mellissa lopez-st.louis said:

    hi, I'm not deaf but I'm learning asl to talk to some of my friends in my high school. at first, I thought they were weird but then, I was introduced to sign language. I'm in form one and who knew talking to Mandy (she's deaf) through sign and actually learning it earned me a friend. Videos like this help me to learn and also interperate some signs that I don't know. thanks 🙂

    November 17, 2019
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  100. Mile High Stewie said:

    I often see controversy over SimCom, and I'm curious about it. Obviously when I'm just signing with deaf friends, I don't SimCom, but when I'm the only hearing person that can sign in a group of mixed hearing levels (deaf and hearing), I sign AND voice. But I keep seeing that SimCom is bad or discouragement not to use it, and I don't know how else to communicate with deaf and hearing at the same time. Like when I go live, I sign everything I'm talking about, in more PSE than ASL, but how else would I be able to reach both audiences? Or when I'm just with friends. Trying to speak and then sign or vice versa, loses so much and stops the flow of conversation. What is the better way if SimComming it's frowned upon?

    November 23, 2019
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