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  1. #1
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    Question Online Translator??

    Are there any online translators for ASL? I am still trying to figure out the ASL word order and thought something like that would help. If not, any other suggestions for learning this?

    Jane

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    aslpro.com has some phrases and idioms that can help you get the "feel" of word order- a little bit.


    Mandi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane
    Are there any online translators for ASL? I am still trying to figure out the ASL word order and thought something like that would help. If not, any other suggestions for learning this?

    Jane
    I was surprised to find out ASL and the French language is about the same basic sentence structure. This helped me. Hope it helps you.
    Signing in Co.

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    Default ASL like French

    Quote Originally Posted by TLit
    I was surprised to find out ASL and the French language is about the same basic sentence structure. This helped me. Hope it helps you.
    Actually American Sign Language is based off of French Sign Language so this is the reason the sentence structure is similar.
    Lisa

    Parent to G 10, S 5y, T 2y

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    The best way to get the word order is to understand why the word order is that way. The best book that I have found on the subject is Lou Fant's The American Sign Language Phrase Book. He gives examples of phrases in ASL, and he tells you why they have that word order. I had taken ASL 1-4 in college, and I didn't really get it until I read this book.


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    Wink

    60% of ASL signs are taken from FSL (French).

    ASL sentence structure is:

    Time + Topic + Comment
    The sentence: I have two sons would be:
    2 sons me
    The topic is important and then your thought (comment) about the topic.

    BUT ASL is more of a concept and Subject-Verb-Object is fine too. I choose to do O-S-V and people who are deaf understand. Just get your concept across.

    There is more to the "Time + Topic + Comment" but this is the basic.

    Also Wh questions (Who, What, When etc) go at the END of a sentence.

    Where are you going?
    go you where

    Hope this helps.
    Michell

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    Default ASL online resources

    I just received these resources from a representative at GLAAD in Los Angeles. I hope they're helpful.

    http://www.lifeprint.com/index.htm FREE!

    http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm Free online dictionary

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