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Role Shifting Lesson 1

In this lesson you will be introduced to the concept of role shifting in ASL. You will learn: (1) How to do basic role shifts. (2) You will also see some examples of how you can even role shift and become inanimate objects. (3) How to refer back to characters after you have already introduced them. (4) We will also consider, “Is there a rule as far as introducing the characters you want to role shift into?” (5) How can [...]

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LEARN essential ASL concepts in an easy to understand way! Soon you will be able to employ role-shifting, eye-gaze, classifiers and other building blocks that make up ASL! Although some may consider these features of the language for more advanced students our belief is that they should be learned from the very beginning to become a skillful communicator. So take a look at some of our videos and let’s get started learning!

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    Placement is likely one of the most necessary but overlooked features of ASL that should be learned from the very beginning. In this lesson we will learn. 1)          What is placement? 2)          Why is it so important? 3)          How it is done. 4)          Examples of placement. 5)          Even if you are a seasoned signer how you can develop this skill even further. Let’s consider firstly: What is placement? Placement is the positioning or establishing of signs, classifiers, role shifts and [...]

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