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Want to learn sign language, but afraid...

Discussion in 'I Have a Question...' started by Athnys, Jul 25, 2012.

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  1. Athnys

    Athnys Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about taking American Sign Language classes in order to gain a useful skill so that I might be more attractive to potential employers, but I worry that just taking the classes may make me seem condescending because I don't actually know any deaf people, and that my stated reason may not be enough to make me seem like someone who honestly wants to learn it--as if I'm just using it to get ahead, and not because of any desire to work with a deaf person.

    I have no self-confidence or self-esteem as it is, so I find myself repeatedly imagining the first day of class and putting up with subtle or not-so-subtle hints about me not belonging, and then withdrawing from the class in shame. I'm also worried that I won't catch on and end up failing the class, but that is secondary.

    Could anyone who knows ASL tell me what I should be prepared for if I do sign up for the class? I'm a non-degree student at my college now, and I only want to learn it to help me get a job with one of the major casinos near me. Also if I take college classes, my expensive and unaffordable monthly college debt payments are held over until I'm done taking my classes (taking a class this semester and next semester is cheaper than making all of the monthly payments due during that time).
  2. Wastingecho

    Wastingecho Well-Known Member

    i don't think taking french as a language would make you seem condescending to canadians so don't look at taking ASL in the same light

    keep practicing, perhaps with a mirror, but remember that you aren't expected to remain silent as you sign, unless the instructor is adamant about not speaking - many deaf people have partial hearing or have some skill at reading lips

    there also used to be several web video sites where you could practice with someone else online
  3. Baka

    Baka Well-Known Member

    You should do okay taking a sign language course, I did that starting 2 1/2 years ago, where I'm from it's a 4 stage program, completed the first 2 stages but left due to my other issues in life. I was afraid too, by far was the worst sudent in class but did well enough to pass, actually though it was difficult for me being around people did end up enjoying myself, really think if my treatments plans in the past were more like those classes may not be as screwed up as I am now, my advice would me to take the class, if I can make it through think you'll have a good chance too and you may really end up liking it.
  4. Takotsubo

    Takotsubo Well-Known Member

    i think trying to learn ASL is a great idea , i wanna sign up for that course when i get into college. even though you may think its wont be very useful as not a lot of people are deaf its still a pretty cool asset . and depends what career you're going to get into it may actually be a good idea. + you can speak in silence to a fellow sign language person ... like talk crap about people .haha naw that's just mean unless some douche bag deserves to be talked about . anyways i would say go for it don't be afraid , everyone in that class will know jack crap about SL so you won't be left out.
  5. Athnys

    Athnys Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I registered earlier tonight and I'll give it a try.
  6. letty

    letty Banned Member

    Athnys I think its awesome your going to take classes, I have been wanting to for so long
    but I am just lazy, I was teaching myself with books and talking with deaf friends.
    its been something i have always dreamed to do, I wish you the best, have fun ,
  7. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    ASL is considered a registered 'foreign language' and one that I have some familiarity with...I think it is so expressive and can be a very useful skill...being a hearing assistant, has advantages, as in a court situation, you can be more effective as the conversations go rather quickly...best of luck to you
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