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Language Firsts & Punches [Aug. 3rd, 2007|12:22 pm]
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[music |A Window To The Past - John Williams]

Viggo Mortenson speaks fluent English, Spanish, Danish, and French, but he also speaks Swedish and Norwegian reasonably well.

What about you? I speak English reasonably well, and can remember some key phrases and accent of French. lol.


And, you first posters of last month!

In first place ( for like the 4th time or something, not consecutively, but still impressive!) pixxiyestyx with 5 first comments in July!

And in second place, tied, or two others that have also received this recognition in the past. ;) Well done to electrosoundwav and frontdoorangel just a hair/hare behind with 4 posts each.

Nicely done! :)

hehe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VYsrkaGmpw&eurl=

Can anyone make that last part into an icon for me? Please? The slap et punch.

I'll give ya a cookie. And credit you in my icons. hehe
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[User Picture]From: reallyginnyf
2007-08-03 05:41 pm (UTC)
I used to be fluent in ASL, but haven't interpreted professionally for about 10 years, so have lost some of my receptive abilities. I can still sign fluently; I just have trouble understanding what someone is signing back to me. :(
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-08-03 05:43 pm (UTC)
*nod* Bummer. :( I have a friend that used to interpret for plays and musicals and that was always really cool to watch.


How does ASL differ from sign language in other countries?
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[User Picture]From: reallyginnyf
2007-08-03 06:08 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't know a lot about signed languages in other countries. When I was heavily immersed in interpreting, the agency I worked for hosted a group from Japan so I learned to get by in Japanese sign language but it completely messed with my head, trying to keep two visual languages straight. I can't remember any of it now.

I do know that there are similarities between ASL and French sign language because of the influence of Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet who studied sign language in France and opened the first school for the Deaf in the U.S. And what I've always found fascinating is how the language is evolving. In ASL, the sign for "Japan" used to be using your little finger to trace a "J" at the corner of your eye - a reference to the eye shape of Japanese people. Now, for obvious reasons, a different sign is used. And in Kuwaiti, the sign for the United States used to be the sign for "guns," making a reference to cowboys. That has changed as well, although I don't know the new sign.

Pretty cool stuff!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-08-03 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! That's REALLY interesting!!!
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