ASL video Re: The 10,000 Hour Rule

Relating how I became an interpreter in 18 months to the chapter “The 10,000 Hour Rule” from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. What is your “10,000 Hour” story?







3 responses to “ASL video Re: The 10,000 Hour Rule”

  1. David Avatar

    That was not my thinking…I was thinking what do you call a child who is learning spoken English?

    “Bob, is speaking in Baby English” or do we say “Bob, is learning to speak English”



  2. David Avatar

    I wonder if it is politically correct to sign “Baby Signs” I agree with the 10,000 hour rule. It applies to me as ASL Instructor.


    1. Daniel Greene Avatar

      Hm… I’ve been telling this story since 1990, and it never occurred to me to connect “baby signs” with the company “Baby Signs.” Interesting. I can see where “Baby Signs” would be a sore spot for deaf people, because I don’t know the statistics, but it would be a sad irony if a disproportionate number of parents taught hearing babies “Baby Signs” while parents of deaf babies discouraged signing. I never meant to connect my description of my early signing with the company (I don’t think I had ever heard of them until the past 10 or 15 years), but I’ll keep that in mind.


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