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?

Author: Daniel Greene

I facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing people, and I teach people American Sign Language (ASL) and interpreting. Apart from doing the work I love, my greatest joys are family & friends, entertainment, food, photography, and travel.

3 thoughts on “ASL video Re: The 10,000 Hour Rule”

  1. Daniel,
    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”

    Pondering….

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  2. 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.
    David

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    1. 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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