Sign language across the pond — and beyond

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A recent blog post covered the UK’s first BSL poetry slam, and how sign language poetry utilizes visual elements to create beauty. But did you know that BSL and ASL are not as similar as you might think? “ASL and BSL are two separate languages which arose independently of each other. Although there are some signs […]

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Deaf poetry and visual language

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In a previous post, Look into ASL mentioned poetry slams happening all over the U.S, and a recent BBC story covered the UK’s first BSL slam. The video follows one competitor, 20-year-old Honesty Willoughby from Bristol, through the process of composing a poem and performing it on the night at the BSL Slam. While ASL […]

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Be Encouraged: ASL Interpreting for Hip Hop

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The Look into ASL blog has mentioned before that ASL interpreters can pursue a specialization as a performing arts interpreter, including interpreting concerts. Very often, musicians hire interpreters for their large venue concerts, and Deaf attendees can request interpreters for shows as well. Known for his powerful lyrics and heavy involvement in several philanthropic causes, […]

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American Sign Language users share personal experiences in honor of National ASL Day

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In a speech last fall in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri’s Celebrate Ability Week, Deaf activist, actor and model Nyle DiMarco ended with a piece of advice: Embrace yourself, he said. It’s this kind of celebration and embracing of Deaf culture for which National ASL day was created. Held on April 15 every […]

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Tips for new interpreters: the job search

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With spring break in the rear-view mirror, ASL Interpreting seniors make their final move toward employment as full-time interpreters. It is always a good idea for beginning interpreters to ask themselves a few questions before they even begin their job search process: “What kind of hours do I want to work?” “What are my long-term […]

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True Confidence for New Interpreters

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There is always new ground to cover in American Sign Language interpreting, and new interpreters — no matter how practiced or knowledgeable or sharp — can only gain experience from time in the field. Thankfully, experienced interpreters can pass on ideas and personal experiences to help new interpreters gain confidence, and understand certain situations. For […]

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Infographic: The steps to becoming an ASL interpreter

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In a previous Look Into ASL Studies article, we covered how to become an ASL interpreter, mentioning that no person’s journey to becoming an interpreter looks the same, but they all include patience, persistence, dedication, professional training, and practice. We’ve put a few steps in the process into an infographic below. But remember, meeting with […]

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5 Ways ASL Interpreters Flourish

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Over the course of their four years of study, William Woods bachelor’s degree students of ASL interpreting dive into every angle of what it takes to become a great American Sign Language interpreter. Here are a few things that make American Sign Language Interpreters exceptional: 1. They are always learning. In an article for Street […]

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Great ASL resources for kids

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According to the American Society for Deaf Children, “Research consistently demonstrates that fluency in American Sign Language and English… offers all deaf children optimal opportunities for academic and social success, and thus both should be part of their language-rich and fully accessible environment.” Access to educational opportunities equal to those provided for hearing children is […]

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5 Fun Ways to practice ASL interpreting

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The only way to learn a new language to fluency is through a lot of hours of practice and immersion. Most people studying ASL Interpreting find communication with ASL to already be pretty fun, but returning to the same practice methods can often leave you in a rut. With ASL, the more you can grow […]

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