The IDGAF What You're Wearing Saturday Thread

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The IDGAF What You're Wearing Saturday Thread
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Sat, 04-13-2013 - 9:50pm

1. What are you currently reading?

2. How often do you find time to read?

3. Are you bi/tri-lingual?

4. Have you ever been arrested?

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Further to the speaking of foreign languages (including ASL), somebody alerted me to the ILR scale. You can do self-assessment, 1-5, with these simple questionnaires: http://www.govtilr.org/Publications/speakingsa.html http://www.govtilr.org/Publications/readingsa.html http://www.govtilr.org/Publications/listenngsa.html
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1. What are you currently reading? I am reading Awakenings right now, by Oliver Sacks. I think I may have to get more of his books after this ....he fascinates me. I have several other books in line to read after this one. 2. How often do you find time to read? Very seldom, but I try to take advantage of my insomnia to get in a few minutes in here and there. 3. Are you bi/tri-lingual? No. 4. Have you ever been arrested? No.


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When I visit a country where I am not totally at home in the language, I get a new appreciation for English language learners. It is physically very taxing to have to listen and watch so intently all day long to try to understand and be understood.
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I think all my kids' language instruction except Latin has been full immersion, no English allowed. When I dropped my kid off at French camp the first summer it was amusing because all the registration and everything was done in French only, so they were using pantomime and stuff to tell people where to park and where to go for medical releases and all that.
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ITA there is a difference b/w being schooled in it and being surrounded by it naturally on a regular basis. When the class first began last Summer the professor spent the first 45 minutes or so not saying a thing, She used gestures and some sign to get us to open up and introduce ourselves. We all started looking at each other as we didn't know if she was really deaf or not. When she finally used her voice we all breathed a sign of relief, Lol. That teacher talked about her background and education and I think she grew up around a deaf culture a lot too, She has some really interesting doctorate degree.

 

 

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Bea, that is probably also a matter of time spent. IOW, if you were immersed on a daily basis again for a good spell, you might well start understanding more easily. When I first moved to the US, I often had trouble following what people said, because of the speed, the accent/dialect and the expressions I didn't know. After about 3-4 months I got used to it for the most part, but could still be stumped by some regional dialect I wasn't used to hearing (thick country talk from Alabama, for example, or kids from Watts in LA).
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the hardest thing still for me is understanding it versus signing it... b/c of who my parents were i think people often signed faster than they would have for other hearing.. I can pretty much get the gist of it but I sign better than I understand it.. .my mother and father were really good reverse interpreters for deaf speakers.. they  were amazing at that.

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"but remember I was an undergrad in the 1970s. At that tone there was little empirical evidence to back the Great One's theories!" --------- LOL, true enough. I just remember coming across his theory and immediately thinking, on a gut level, eureka! Of course! So subsequently I was surprised to find out that it had been a whole controversy, with hold-outs till today.
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my dad's father didn't really use his voice at all and only signed, my dad's cousin's husband spoke primarly in Italian and didn't sign.. and they were best best friends.

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Yeah, we know that now, Rollmops, but remember I was an undergrad in the 1970s. At that tone there was little empirical evidence to back the Great One's theories!

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