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ASL student's first semester in ASL 101

Most students, learning American Sign Language in classroom, go through a similar experience on their journey from the first day of class to, if they continue with great interest, the last day of ASL 101.

For ASL 102 students, you have survived the first semester of ASL 101 course. And, you love it (well, not all of you). By the end of the first semester, you may share some of these patterns among the students during the first semester of the course. While there is a bit of truth in most of these overly exaggerations, enjoy humor and your reflections.

You wondered what the sign was for "hi"... you tried to figure out how to greet your instructor, later only to realize it's simply waving your hand. You went "Oh! I should have thought of that."

silly greeting

Your instructor was listening to you and nodding. You realized that you are very much a beginner that you couldn't tell the difference between a meaningful signed word and just a meaningless gesture.

uncertain of the meaning of the sign

You feel anxious when your instructor is picking out a student to do a signing task...

You have never felt so paying attention in class in your life...

Unlike other classes, ASL class requires listening with eyes...

Only for this class, you take a night of good sleep...

... or take a nap prior to ASL class...

You learn that signing may come with some risks...

Weeks later, your instructor asked you a very simple question, "Good morning, how are you?" and you missed it.

Under no voice policy in classroom, it's what it feels like to you...

.. and you feel envious of a class peer who is adept in conversing beyond his basic signing skill...

You struggle with a wh-question marker ...

You check out in the mirror to see how all right you look when using facial expression...

... and eventually getting better...

When you make a cute mistake in signing, your classmate or instructor chuckles lightly or simply smiles but this looks like to you...

Wearing earplugs in class to experience what it's like to be Deaf...

When making an error in signing production, you self-correct way too far...

What your eyes feel at the end of every class...

You underestimated your signing skill or receptive skill on quizzes only to find you did well!

happy with the results on ASL test

Or, overestimated your expressive/receptive skills on your tests...

happy with the results on ASL test

You passed the final exam.

And, congratulations, you've survived the course!

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