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Left handed signer!

EsotericaASL NoviceSat, 10 Jan 2009 00:27:44 +0000
Hi, I'm left handed. I have no problem looking at the video and imitating what I see w/ my left hand, is that okay? Also, when I view the video, it's like looking in a mirror, are the signs actually reversed? What I mean is the difference between the words "hope" and "apple" When I view it, do I pretend like I'm NOT facing the screen and facing away and imitate that way?

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Left handed signer!
EsotericaASL NoviceSun, 11 Jan 2009 22:59:09 +0000
Yooo Hoooo, anyone here???????????????????
Left handed signer!
JakeASL CertifiedTue, 13 Jan 2009 21:44:55 +0000
Hi there,

it's nice to hear that you enjoy the course and make progress with your Sign Language learning.

In regards to being left handed: It is important that you feel comfortable when signing, so if you prefer to use your left hand as the dominant or strong hand than you should do the same when signing. You can use your left hand for the alphabet and many other signs that only require one hand.

When you view the videos just pretend that you are in Jake's position when practicing the signs.

All the best
Left handed signer!
AnonymousASL NoviceWed, 01 Apr 2009 20:49:32 +0000
Hey Esoterica, I too am a lefty, and seeing as it my dominate hand I’m pretty sure that’s how I’d like to sign. Were you able to find out anything else on the subject? Is it a faux pas to do ASL this way? I’m a newbie and want to get started on the right foot, or should I say hand! Thanks for the help, Kevin.
Left handed signer!
JakeASL CertifiedWed, 17 Jun 2009 21:39:18 +0000
Hi there,
it is absolutely fine to sign with your left hand or your right hand.
It's not considered a faux pas.
All the best for your signing.

Left handed signer!
MahaRed Star ASL Master ★★★Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:17:22 +0000
interesting question.
Left handed signer!
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