As I promised, here’s my post on sign language. Before I start, I’d like to say a few things. First of all, this is Dutch Sign Language (Nederlandse Gebarentaal) and so it probably differs if you’re from another country. Secondly, I am not deaf and I’m just learning a bit of sign language because it’s a course provided by a federation on my university. It’s set to learn medical students a bit of the basics of sign language and also learn some medical signs. And last of all, I’d like to say that I probably make mistakes or at least don’t sign perfectly. Don’t try and learn my signs, since there’s so many websites that could provide you with better information. I’m just proud of what I’ve learned so far and I’d like to show you something, purely out of interest in the language.
Also, the pictures are taken with my phone and not with my camera. This is affecting the quality, but it just was a bit easier for me to do it this way.
First of all, the alphabet:
Just make a C-shape with your hand. The picture doesn’t really show it very well.
Point your index-finger and thumb together and tuck the others away.
(oh my god, it’s a gif!)
It should be a little more angled, so that your index-finger is in a position that you could poke the eye out of the person who’s in front of you.
This is just a G, but pointed down.
Fold your middle-finger on top of your index-finger and tuck your other fingers away.
You can sign the Z in two ways; so that’s a correct Z for yourself and mirrored for the one you’re signing at, or mirrored for yourself and correct for the one you’re signing at. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose, because it’s a very distinctive sign and won’t be confused with another sign.
I’ve learned a lot more signs, but I don’t know how best to film them. A lot of signs I need to do with two hands and I don’t have a standard for my camera yet. Also, I’m not sure if I want to film the signs with my mobile phone or with my camera. If I film with my mobile phone, the quality will be lower, but I can easier convert those movies into .gifs.