Signing Circle on Wednesday, 4 November in Waimea

Dear Signing Circle,

We are meeting Wednesday, November 4, from 1:45-3:00 p.m at the Food Court at Parker Ranch Shopping Center in Waimea.

This meeting promises many Tricks and Treats.  We are going to play with idioms.  For example, which of the following idioms mean the same thing in ASL and English?  How do you sign them?

When it rains, it pours
When it rains, it pours
That’s the way the cookie crumbles
I feel blue
Putting on the dog  (How did they ever come up with that one?  )

Likewise, which ASL idoms don’t translate into English?  For instance,  TRAIN GO SORRY.   Do you know the meaning of that one? 

Here is your mission- if you choose to accept it, start thinking about all of English and ASL idioms that you know. Bring your list on Wednesday. I warn you that once you start thinking about idioms it’s like eating one potato chip.  You can’t stop.  Idioms really give you a window into the soul of a culture. 

As always, our only rule is to try to keep our voices turned off during Signing Circle.  This motivates us to use ASL exclusively during our time together.  We can always use pen and paper, or finger spelling, and a great deal of pantomime when we hit a speed bump.  Funny misunderstandings are always a source of widespread giggles.

Anyone interested in using ASL, learning ASL, and practicing ASL are all welcome.  Some of us are hard of hearing, some are deaf, some are speaking, but we all share a love of ASL and a good sense of humor.  Beginners and experts enjoy the Circle.  It's just a casual opportunity to learn cool new signs, make new friends, and re-connect.  

See you next Wednesday!


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