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>From: czHANg <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 12:22:13 -0700
>
>
>         Kinda hard for me to commute from the West Coast  *gigglabyte* :}
>         I am gonna look into various cheap ways to learn ASL... one is I
>am gonna
>_hook-up_ with some deaf people and their hearing/signing friends. Deaf
>culture seems very intriguing... a great possible real-life immersion in a
>different mode of existence.
>
>         czHANg
>

That's how I'm learning Taiwanese Sign Language.  There is very little
lexical similarity between TSL and ASL, but the few signs of Japanese Sign
Language that I know are identical or extermely similar to their TSL
counterparts.  Except for Halellujah which is a compound of quite different
parts.  Try checking you phone book for a Deaf Action Center.  That's what
the Deaf community centers were called in Dallas.  Deaf culture is
facinating -- so many unexpected, but totally logical, differences from the
surrounding hearing culture.

Adam
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