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A student's first day in sign language class

Most students, learning American Sign Language in classroom, go through a similar experience on their first days of class in ASL 101 at university or college.

Here are some common stories during the first days of class. While there is a bit of truth in most of these overly exaggerations, enjoy humor.

Your feeling on the first day of ASL class when watching your native ASL instructor signing via an interpreter...

scared in class

Your instructor may sign slowly but to you it looks like this...

Then you learn that the interpreter is only there on the first class but after that, all classes are fully immersed in ASL...

... some other student's reaction...

As you head out of the classroom after the first day of class, you feel panic...

When your university friends ask you what courses you're taking, you feel so cool about taking ASL... despite your great anxiety.

You take your first ASL class and learn many contradictions to what you thought you knew.

During your homework, you test your newly learned signs with your dog to see if he understands you...

You're pumping up for your next class...

... and relying on your best tool: eyes.

You have survived the first days and things get a bit better each day. Don't worry. Other students have gone through the semester well, so will you be.

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