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When I was learning ASL, I found that signing along to tv shows and videos allowed me to develop the muscle memory. Because many words (in ASL) do not have "official" signs for them, practicing fingerspelling of sentences also helped when I needed to spell out words that have no sign associated with them. Written sign language dictionaries are useful for ...


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Muscle memory is by far the best way - in that sense, learning ASL is somewhat like learning to play the piano. At first you have to continuously follow the notes, but after a while, the first page of Fur Elise becomes second nature. So, as always with languages, practice makes perfect - you just have to trade in your pen for your fingers in the case of ASL. ...


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One advantage of sign language is that the it is learned differently from spoken languages. The only thing sign language has in common with more "traditional" languages is "vocabulary." But in sign language, you "speak" with your hands and "hear" with your eyes, rather than with your mouth and ears. That makes languages harder to confuse than two languages ...


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Researchers in Thailand did a preliminary study on this; see Teerawat Kamnardsiri et al: "The Effectiveness of the Game-Based Learning System for the Improvement of American Sign Language using Kinect", Electronic Journal of e-Learning 15(4): 2017-283, August 2017. The researchers divided 31 deaf learners (average age: 21) into two groups: a group of 17 ...


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Yes, there are websites where you can learn a sign language, though this normally does not involve gamification. American Sign Language (ASL): Sign Language 101. Learn Sign Language Online (Rocket Languages). Start ASL (see also this unit). British Sign Language: British-Sign.co.uk: Introducing British Sign Language: Online Signing Course German Sign ...


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Yes, when it comes to ASL or any language, I get interference from all the languages I've ever studied. As for ASL, like this sentence, it is a topic comment grammar. So experience wise, you can expect interference.


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It is better to practice than to not practice at all. Failing to make any noticeable progress in language learning is a real risk. As long as you are practicing with someone for whom ASL is an L2, then you both will speak a heavily English influenced ASL. This leads to a risk of fossilization, where you have habitual language mistakes you make all the time ...


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Almost four years later, and after having gone to Nicaragua to learn the language, I finally found some online resources. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are in Spanish so it will be very difficult if you try to learn from English. The following videos are on youtube, they were originally produced for television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue30g1qQ5i4 ...


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