ASL: Talking with My Hands

I have decided to do my learning project on ASL, which is a visual language that employs gestures and expressions to communicate. My interest in ASL actually came from Tik Tok. I saw a girl making mini sign language lessons, and I thought how interesting it would be to be able to learn it. I have been wanting to take the time and learn ASL for a few months now, but never got around to it. I thought this project would be the perfect opportunity for me to learn. Also, I feel that ASL is a very useful skill to have, considering I could potentially be teaching people who use sign language. English is my first language, but I actually also took French throughout all of high school. I know a little of what it is like to learn another language, but leaning ASL will be a little different. I have decided to do my learning project on ASL, which is a visual language that employs gestures and expressions to communicate. My interest in ASL actually came from Tik Tok. I saw a girl making mini sign language lessons, and I thought how interesting it would be to be able to learn it. I have been wanting to take the time and learn ASL for a few months now, but never got around to it. I thought this project would be the perfect opportunity for me to learn. Also, I feel that ASL is a very useful skill to have, considering I could potentially be teaching people who use sign language. English is my first language, but I actually also took French throughout all of high school. I know a little of what it is like to learn another language, but leaning ASL will be a little different. My base for sign language is not super strong. I know how to spell my name, and how to sign a few words, but I am unsure if I am even signing them correctly. This knowledge mainly comes from performing Christmas concerts at my school. We would sing while wearing black clothes and white gloves. We would then turn on black lights and sign certain words from the songs, such as Christmas, all, hear, me, you, and other very simple words. I have never tried to put the words together to make sentences. My Plan: I have been looking for resources and it turns out there is so many! For one, YouTube is going to be my best friend on this project. There are so many people teaching sign language from that platform. I want to also be able to explore other resources aside from YouTube. For one, I have found a few apps that teach you ASL. I am compiling a list of resources and whenever I post about my progress I will be sure to include my resources so others can follow along on my journey. As well I will review which resources provide the best teaching and result. I definitely want to start with the absolute basics: the alphabet, the numbers, and a few basic phrases such as “Hi, my name is Kara” and “how are you?” and other common phrases. Other possible topics include colours, sports, date, time, and directions. As a future math teacher I want to try to learn math phrases as well, like, add, subtract, multiply, divide, half, percent, etc. GOAL: My goal for this project is to be able to have basic conversations and possible be able to apply that to more complicated conversations. I also want to be able to express basic math concepts in sign language. There is so much I want to learn and trying to decide where to start is hard. My overall goal is to create a base knowledge of understanding of sign language. I think this plan will provide a good base to continue onto a more advanced knowledge of sign language. Thanks for joining me on my journey learning ASL. More on ASL right here! This site actually provides a few resources for learning ASL as well.

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This is me!

My name is Kara Miskolczi. I am an education student at the University of Regina. I am working towards earning a Secondary Education degree with a major in math and a minor in social studies. In addition to teaching, I also aspire to coach volleyball and badminton in the future. Originally I am from the small town of Englefeld, SK. Being from a small town of about 250 people, I am used to knowing everyone around me. Moving to Regina was a huge change for me, but so far, I really enjoy it. Sports were a major part of my life. I was an avid volleyball and badminton player. I still play for fun, but definitely miss the competitive aspect of the game. Athletics taught me about leadership, sportsmanship and other important life skills, but it is also how I met my closest friends. I want to be able to help kids achieve goals and learn what I learned through sport by coaching. You can find me on twitter here: Kara Miskolczi Here are a few interesting facts about me! — My mom and oldest sister are both teachers. In addition, my other sister is currently in her internship in the final stretch in becoming a teacher. So, basically my entire family consists of teachers! — I love dogs. When I was at home, I had 2 dogs, Milo and Micky, and also dog-sat for my oldest sister who has two Australian Shepherds, Sadie and Penny. Milo is a Boston Terrier mixed with a Jack Russel Terrier. We rescued him from the Humboldt SPCA, and he is a total cutie who really only wants love and food. Micky is a Sheltie who we have had since he was a puppy. He is super high energy and absolutely loves ball and Frisbee. — I am a math Tutor for kids from kindergarten to grade 12. When it comes to my experience with technology, I like to think I know a lot. My dad is an IT and has shown me how to solve computer problems and pay around with programs. It has become a hobby of mine to play around with computers and programs, and even got into a little bit of learning how to do simple coding. Throughout my life I have used the internet and technology to learn so many things. I taught myself how to play songs on guitar, self-taught myself math concepts, and even taught myself basic Spanish before going on vacation to the Dominican Republic. Digit resources are so vast and useful for anything you need. I have never really thought about having a blog. I think it will be nice to be able to look back at my time throughout my school to see how much I have grown from first year all the way through internship when I get there. I hope to learn how to blog properly and set out meaningful contributions to the digital world.

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