After 15 years of loneliness...

... Patrick speaks!

"Patrick Otema (15) was born profoundly deaf. In the remote area of Uganda where he lives there are no schools for deaf children, and he has never had a conversation. 

Raymond Okkelo, a sign language teacher, hopes to change all this and offer Patrick a way out of the fearful silence he has known his whole life."

( Source here )


Arabic Sign Languages

"The Arab sign-language family is a family of sign languages spread across the Arab Mideast. Its extent is not yet known, because only some of the sign languages in the region have been compared."

"A project for a single Arabic Sign Language is underway, with much of the vocabulary voted on by regional Deaf associations. However, so far only a dictionary has been compiled; grammar has not been addressed, so the result cannot be considered a language."

The Alphabet of Arabic Sign Language, https://lifeandlexis.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/how-i-learned-arabic-sign-language/

Other languages of the region appear to not be related
Moroccan Sign Language derives from American Sign Language, and Tunisian Sign Language from Italian Sign Language. 
There are numerous local Sudanese sign languages which are not even related to each other, and there are many other Arab village sign languages in the region, such as Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language and Ghardaia Sign Language, which are not related to the national languages."
(Source: Wikipedia)


The Life Cycle of an ASL Student

Don't miss this funny and true blog post about the life and experiences of those, who dedicate themselves to learn Sign Languages. 

Thank you for the author, great summary! 

Click HERE to read!


Text your friends in Sign Language!

"Signily" is the application to make signed text messages real.

What do ou get if you download the app?

ASL alphabet keyboard:

ASL expressions:

More info on developers website and blog!

Deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie - How to truly listen

How can deafness and music work together within the same person? 

"In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums." 


Sign Language with cats

The whole family was prepared to the arrival of Bambi, the white deaf cat: her hearing owner started to use signs with the other cats also, even before Bambi's arrival, so she could feel comfortably from the first moment at her new home.

Now that's the real inclusive way of thinking!


Polish your Polish

Poland is a Central-European country, with a population of around 38,5 million people, right next to Germany on the map.
Polish language is not easy: it is almost oficially one of the most difficult languages in the world (in a tight competition with Hungarian). It has Slavic origins, but Polish people finished using cyrillic letters and they write with latin ones.

The alphabet already shows: maybe you will have some problems with pronounciation, when you try to say things correctly...

Things get even worse when you see the high percentage of consonants within one word:

And what about Polish Sign Language
For a start, let's check out how to fingerspell the alphabet! You can even try yourself with the words on the T-shirt above. Enjoy :)