Tag Archives: Deaf culture

ILY sign emoji on WhatsApp, please!

I use WhatsApp. A lot. It’s one of my main methods of online communication nowadays. For a long time, I’ve wished that WhatsApp had an emoji that looks like the Jamaican Sign Language (American Sign Language, too) sign for “I … Continue reading

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Mr Multilingual goes camping

For the past 3 years, I’ve been part of a summer camp geared towards bring Deaf and hearing youth together. I enjoy Sign and Speak for Youth every year, and always look forward to it. There is always something new to experience. … Continue reading

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Fingerspelling and me

I have a love-hate relationship with the JSL manual alphabet. Sometimes, there’s more hate than love, to be honest. Recently, I found out something that has radically changed my perception of fingerspelling. My friend told me that hearing people tend … Continue reading

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Signing and clothes

As a sign language interpreter, I am somewhat limited in my clothing options. Clothes that are too “busy” would make my signing hard to see, because the clothes are distracting. For interpreters who wear nail polish, or other such things, their … Continue reading

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Why a NATURAL language is important for the Deaf

In Jamaica, there are three major sign systems: Jamaican Sign Language Country Sign Signing Exact English/Manually Coded English The first two are what are called natural languages: They developed from previous incarnations (JSL has been influenced by American Sign Language, British Sign Language, … Continue reading

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Deaf Language and Culture in Avatar

This is follow-up to “If language in Avatar was more realistic.” For decades, the rule of thumb for language (specially spoken language) in sci-fi/fantasy television has been: make communication between characters and easy. From Japanese shōjo anime like Sailor Moon and American shows like Superman: The Animated Series, … Continue reading

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A Facebook discussion about Deafness and “sign language” church ministry

For too long hearing people have taken what’s a matter of Deaf cultural identity and used it in their “sign language ministries” and “sign language performances”. Continue reading

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