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ASL Word of the News

Word of the News for October 7 is SHARK. Ozzy was one of the picks in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Learn This Week

Happy Halloween

Translation: Happy Halloween.

Learn a few Halloween-related ASL vocabulary: HALLOWEEN, trick or treat, CANDY.

U.S. Election 2020

The US election is looming!

Vocabulary: ELECTION, PRESIDENT, VOTE.

"The pandemic is not a red state versus blue state issue. The virus doesn't care where you live or what political party you belong to. It infects us all. It will take anyone's life. It is a virus -- not a political weapon." -- Joe Biden on Twitter, Oct. 6, 2020.

Storytelling of the Week: Learn some basic ASL signs, classifiers, and narrative perspective from it: The Farmer and his Sons.

This Day/Week in Sign Language / Deaf History

November 8, 1995: Alla Kliouka-Schaffer, a coda Russian actress, won the "Green Apple" award (an equivalent to the America\'s Oscar) in Russia. Following her acceptance speech, she then continued her speech in fluent Russian Sign Language for her Deaf parents in the audience, which made a shocking wave in the audience and in media. At the end of her speech in sign language, she earned her standing ovations.

November 7, 2003: A writing system called si5s for writing American Sign Language was invented by Robert Augustus at in a Starbucks shop in Astor Place by the train station in New York City.

Quote of the Month

"I cannot understand how a language like sign language - the richest in expressions, the most energetic, the most advantageous in its universal intelligibility is still so neglected and that only the deaf speak it. This is, I confess, one of those irrationalities of the human mind that I cannot explain."
-- Pierre Desloges, 1779