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If I have learned a sign language, will it fasten my acquisition on other sign language?

This is because I learned that various sign languages have different syntax and such, and worried if there's more than vocabularies to learn from the second sign language.

If the answer depends on the sign languages, I'm talking about ASL (the one I'm currently learning) and BISINDO (the one I want to learn). Otherwise I'm asking about two sign languages in general.

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  • How could SL2 take vocabulary from the (spoken) L2? Is there an Signed Exact Indonesian? – Azor Ahai -him- Feb 26 '17 at 8:26
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    You know learning ASL because you're proficient in English is a non sequitur? Right – Azor Ahai -him- Feb 26 '17 at 8:31
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    @Azor-Ahai My L2 is English and SL2 is ASL. As of now, SIBI (SL1a) is the closest to Signed Exact Indonesian and BISINDO (SL1b) is the preferred amongst Deaf outside formal or official setup. Just like ASL have words in English (i.e "DAY", "NIGHT"), both SIBI and BISINDO have words in Indonesian (i.e "HARI", "MALAM"). I'm assuming the thought process in Sign Language is similar, so I can just learn the vocabulary in Indonesian Sign Language after I understand the thought process behind Sign Language – Vylix Feb 27 '17 at 4:56
  • @Azor-Ahai Yes. Pardon the wording. I become interested in ASL when I'm stumbled to ASL video in Youtube, so it does not directly related to my proficiency in English. Editing the question. – Vylix Feb 27 '17 at 5:00
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    But if I understand your question, it's not about how spoken languages affect your acquisition of a signed language, it's about how to learn a second signed language after you have learned your first one, correct? – Azor Ahai -him- Feb 27 '17 at 5:08

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