Tips on language learning immersion in sign language

The most efficient way to learn a target signed language is to immerse in Deaf community or interact with Deaf people. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it doesn't require you to fly to another country to learn the signed language. There is a Deaf/ASL community in virtually every city in North America.

There are several ways you can immerse in learning sign language in natural environments.

Volunteer

Join an organization, a bilingual school, or a club of the Deaf people to volunteer in some various activities and events.

Join ASL Immersion Week

Some organizations of the Deaf/ASL provide this annual ASL Immersion Week program during each summer or some weekends. Take workshops wherever available.

Go to social events

Attend ASL social events, meet Deaf Ameslan people, and/or hang out with them.

Attend a lecture

Listen to a presentation in ASL with English interpreting or vice versa. Unlike social events, listening to a presentation might be less intimidating for beginners to get out into Deaf community for the first time as sitting and listening may be not much of a two-way interaction. After the presentation, there is still an opportunity for social interactions afterward.

Not only you learn ASL beyond the classes, but you also learn much more content outside classes from the presentation.

Watch vlogs in ASL

ASL vlogs are uncountable on YouTube.com and other websites. Look for the ones whose ASL is their first language. They are from all walks of life. Some sign fast, some are relaxing. Avoid ones who vocally speak, which indicates that the language they use may be not authentic.

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