The Bear and the Two Travelers: Retold in ASL

Posted 2009, updated 2021.

Enjoy the fable in sign language, ASL. For learners, the suitable level is intermediate. For beginners, develop your receptive skills. If you don't understand, it's okay. Just watch and pick up the patterns here and there.

The title of the fable

When telling a title, sign TITLE and the title. E.g. TITLE fs-THE BEAR AND TWO TRAVELERS.

When telling a title of a book, movie, or a story in ASL, it's usually done as a transliteration rather than a translation. It's like glossing in signing for English titles.

The Fable

Watch the fable translated into ASL.

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The Morals

"Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends." -- Aesop

ASL storytelling

Grammar and Structure Tutorials

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Expressing needs and wants

  1. Making commands or requests

Talking about activities

  1. Frequency of time: how often?

Are you able to carry everyday conversations in ASL? Are you a student in the intermediate levels and beyond, who wishes to boost up your signing skills? You've come to the selected tutorial series. (Some premium content are available to PatronPlus membership.)

Stories, poems, performance arts, etc. in sign language.

This documentation project follows a child's language acquisition, literacy development, and phonological acquisition in sign language, specifically ASL, from newborn to age five in a natural native-ASL environment and visual culture.