11 Reasons You Should Learn ASL

11 Reasons You Should Learn ASL

It's not just for deaf people!
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American Sign Language is primarily used by deaf people within the United States. It is, however, the fourth most used language in the United States. It is becoming increasingly popular as more hearing people learn about the world of the deaf and choose to involve themselves more with it. Learning ASL is a great way to start to learn more about deaf culture, and has other benefits for anyone that learns it as well!

1. Meet new friends and people!

According the CDC there are about 28 million people in the United States who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Not all deaf use ASL, but many do, so by learning it you could open yourself up to so many more friends!

2. Become bilingual.

Just like being bilingual in any two languages, becoming fluent in ASL also counts as being bilingual. The super cool thing about being bilingual in ASL and English is that you can communicate in both at the same when you get really good.

3. Have private conversations in public.

You’ve wanted to have a “secret” language with your friends for the longest time. This is your chance.

4. Communicate with babies and animals.

Many people teach their hearing children a little bit of ASL before they can even talk. It can help them to learn how to effectively express their needs better. Animals also have been known to be able to pick up on what an owner who uses ASL is trying to communicate.

5. Accommodate better for deaf people!

Deaf people live their whole lives needing to adjust to the hearing world. Learning something that can help you adapt to being better suited to interacting with random deaf individuals is beneficial to both involved parties. It is a useful skill for teachers, police, politicians, doctors, nurses, lawyers, and just about anyone!

6. Create visual stories.

ASL is a visual language and it often uses variations of signs to create visual stories. The process of making these stories involves critical thinking that could be applied to story telling and creating messages in other languages!

7. Enhance cognitive functioning.

Being bilingual has been shown to increase cognitive functioning individuals.ASL also has various ways to say similar things, so just by using it frequently you may think differently about communication.


8. Practice spelling.

A lot of words, like names, in ASL are spelled out using fingerspelling. This is great practice for spelling and also is a good place to start when learning the language.

9. Learn more about deaf culture!

There is a whole culture of people who identify with deafness and they are often overlooked and looked down upon. Their culture is just as legitimate as any other and should be learned about and embraced. Although not all people in the deaf culture use ASL, many do and it is a good way to be introduced to the culture.

10. Understand what’s going on in those viral videos.

Videos about advancements of ASL and deaf culture in mainstream society come out frequently recently. It's always great to understand what's being said without a translation!

11. Be prepared for the future.

You never know what's going to happen. You or a family member could one day lose the ability to hear or you could very well have a child or friend who cannot hear. It would be best to be prepared for the situation by learning ASL now!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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This offseason, Dave Gettleman has established himself as either the smartest man in the NFL or the stupidest man in the NFL. There is no middle ground.

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There are no more chances for New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman after the 2019 NFL Draft. To say that he shocked the football world is an understatement in every sense of the word. By drafting Duke QB Daniel Jones instead of Ohio State QB and Heisman finalist (and New Jersey native) Dwayne Haskins as the heir apparent to Eli Manning, he put his GM'ing career on the line. The two quarterbacks will already be compared for their entire careers, as with every class of rookie quarterbacks in the history of the draft. However, Haskins now has serious reason to dislike the team he grew up cheering and was intending on playing for, as they selected Jones at sixth overall and Haskins fell all the way to fifteenth to be selected by the Washington Redskins, one of the Giants' rivals in the NFC East. There were also been reports that surfaced that Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wanted the organization to draft Haskins, not Jones, to be the future of the franchise, but Gettleman selected Jones anyway. Daniel Jones had been coached by David Cutcliffe at Duke, who coached both Peyton (Tennessee) and Eli (Ole Miss) Manning in college. Gettleman acknowledged the coaching ability of Cutcliffe that turned Eli Manning into the franchise cornerstone that he was for so many years with hope that Jones would become the same player that Eli was. Gettleman was also convinced that many teams were after Jones and that he had to snag him at the sixth overall pick because he would not fall to their next pick at seventeen. This situation in which the general manager is not even listening to the head coach's opinions on something as important as a franchise QB only works out in the movie Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Denis Leary. Distrust has been created between two of the most important figures within the franchise, and the future looks somewhat grim for the Giants.

The Giants draft woes does not stop here, however. They selected Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence with the seventeenth overall pick. Don't get me wrong, Lawrence was a great value pick, but there was a much more glaring need at other positions. The Giants traded away stars WR Odell Beckham Jr. and OLB Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns and let S Landon Collins walk away to Washington in free agency, and are now left with only sophomore RB Saquon Barkley as the future of the franchise with Daniel Jones as the hopeful successor to Eli Manning. As the entire state of New York calls for the head of Dave Gettleman after a seemingly horrendous offseason, it's safe to say that this year could easily decide the future of not only Gettleman but the Giants as a whole, for years to come.

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