Learning Sign Language

Many people ask how they can improve their sign language or interpreting skills. SWM encourages learning more about this interesting language. Good communication skills helps you share the Gospel and teach the Bible more effectively.…

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What is the difference in Sign Language and English?

Sign Language is a visual, gestural language with its own grammar. English has nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc. Sign Language uses classifiers, facial expression, body shift and position, and other visual means to convey the…

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What is the difference between interpreting and transliterating?

The short answer is, transliterating is signing word-for-word. It is choosing a sign for each English word. Interpreting is signing an equivalent and conceptually correct sign for an English word, phrase, or sentence. The signer…

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What is the best way to Sign Bible verses and chapters? Should I sign word for word or summarize?

Signing Bible verses is a sensitive subject, as you can imagine. Keep in mind that Sign Language is not English. The general rule is, if a long Bible passage is being read, sign (interpret) as…

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I am a church interpreter. Should I become certified? How?

Becoming certified is not essential to interpreting in church, but it is highly recommended. The certification process is a valuable learning process. Interpreters should strive to improve their skill through workshops, classes, and other learning…

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When I interpret in church why do the Deaf people get sleepy?

Watching an interpreter for a long time is not easy. Also, some interpreters have difficulty clearly interpreting church services. Church interpreters should improve their sign language and interpreting skill to more clearly communicate what is being…

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Why can’t I understand Deaf people when they sign to me?

Often this means you are not using their language (ASL) but a signing system such as Signed English or Pidgin Signed English. They can understand you, but they are signing back to you in ASL.…

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Are there different kinds of Sign Language?

American Sign Language is a language just as Spanish is a language. The most well-known signing systems are SEE (Signing Exact English), SE (Signed English), CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English), and Pidgin (a mixture of…

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Is it all right to sign left handed?

Yes. Sign with your dominant hand. The majority of the motion will be done with this hand. Do not switch between right and left hands (dominant switching), as it makes communication hard to understand.

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Is Sign Language Universal?

No. Sign Language varies by country. British Sign Language is different from American Sign Language. We have been told that there are several different sign languages used in Mexico. Japanese Sign Language is based on…

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