Vocabulary Lesson 8 BACKPACK BASKET BATTERYBACKPACK BASKET BATTERY-[electric] BELT CHANGE-[adapt, convert, COINS] COAT-[jacket] DIRTY-[dirt, SOIL] GLASSES-[Gallaudet] HEARING-AID-[put on hearing aid] WASHING-MACHINE BELT CHANGE COAT DIRTY GLASSES HEARING-AID WASHING-MACHINE ONON/[OFF] PANTS PICK-UP SHIRT-[blouse] SHOES SOCKS UNDERWEAR WHICH ZIP CLOTHESOFF PANTS PICK-UP SHIRT SHOES SOCKS UNDERWEAR WHICH ZIP CLOTHES
Attention Getting Techniques: Common ways to get the attention of someone in the signing environment. Waving your hand. tapping lightly on the shoulder. lightly slapping the table at which someone is sitting. stomping your foot on the ground. flashing the lights. Discretion should be used. especially with stomping or light flashing not all ways are appropriate at all times and there are right ways to do it.
Attention Getting Techniques: The Reverse Side Always use the minimum amount of movement to get the job done effectively. If you … wave your hand wildly in someone's face you are being rude. tap someone on the shoulder using a single finger or using too strong of a jabbing movement it will hurt. use too light of a movement it will be unnerving. You should generally use a bent hand and make contact twice using the tips of the fingers.
What Can Go Wrong? Newcomers should NOT use the stomping or light flashing methods until they have lived amongst the Deaf long enough to have seen these behaviors repeatedly and have become familiar with their proper use. If you… stomp too heavily you might cause people to think you are angry. stomp more than twice you run the risk of looking like a child throwing a tantrum. flash the lights rapidly –and you will annoy the Deaf. –Or you will cause some people to think there is an emergency.
Never Snapping your fingers or shouting should NOT be used to attempt to get someone's attention in a signing environment.
Dominant Hand If you are right handed, then your right hand should be used as your "dominant" hand when signing. Your left hand is your "non-dominant" hand. Reverse this for lefties. use your dominant hand for: –fingerspelling –and all "one-handed signs." use your non-dominant hand as: –"partner hand" for signs in which both hands move. –as a "base" (non-moving) hand for two-handed signs in which only the dominant hand moves.
Switching If you use your left hand (your non- dominant hand) for signs that are typically signed with the right hand, deaf people will still understand you, but you will have the equivalent of a slight "accent" or a very minor "speech impediment." :) practice signing with your dominant hand. Do Not "switch" back and forth.
Numbers Hundred: “C” or bent c hand shape. Thousand: “M” or bent b hand shape. “again” Million: Above sign repeated twice.
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