Category: Language

  • How to role shift using your body, not your feet

    How to role shift using your body, not your feet

    This video is geared toward sign language students who might make the mistake of thinking they have to move their feet when role shifting. I am a non-native signer of ASL; I recommend watching how native Deaf signers role shift if you get to see them head to toe.

  • I read a Walt Whitman poem in English, Spanish, & French

    I read a Walt Whitman poem in English, Spanish, & French

    Someone introduced me to Reverb, so: I read a short poem by Walt Whitman in English, Spanish, and French. Leí un poema de Walt Whitman en inglés, español, y francés. J’ai lu un poème de Walt Whitman en anglais, espagnol, et français. https://record.reverb.chat/embed/XuwKTXw9cDhCXUPGBNXo Sources / Fuentes / Sources THIS MOMENT YEARNING AND THOUGHTFUL En este […]

  • Some girls are tomboys. This boy was a marygirl.

    Some girls are tomboys. This boy was a marygirl.

    I coined a phrase for my own gender identity when I was five years old. I used to like dolls, tea sets, and playing pat-a-cake with girls instead of playing with boys. I liked talking about my thoughts and feelings more than most boys. I was slightly effeminate — sometimes more than others. A girl […]

  • Touching Amazon commercial in ASL

    Just saw — not heard, but saw — this TV commercial featuring a Deaf Amazon logistics associate. There’s no interpretation or voiceover, just his signing and captions. There is some background warehouse noise, but the relative silence focuses attention on this man who communicates without sound. I was really touched to see American Sign Language […]

  • Remembering a black substitute teacher who taught us about Black English Vernacular

    Remembering a black substitute teacher who taught us about Black English Vernacular

    I don’t remember the scholar’s name, but she was a black woman who substitute taught at our school (the Mabel E. O’Farrell School of Creative and Performing Arts in Southeast San Diego, which was a black neighborhood) one day in AP English in 1985. Although her last name escapes me, I remember when she introduced […]