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earl-merkel's picture
Dec.12.2013
Seriously-- haven't we all suspected this EVERY time a "sign language interpreter" has stood beside any lectern? (photo at right) I've often thought this would be an excellent conspiracy-prank for the Hearing Impaired to play on the Hearing Enabled... and if you think about it, so do you. — Earl...
rina-macasaet's picture
Jan.13.2013
I think I can go on for days not speaking.  I am certain that I have gone hours not saying a word. I don’t mean just a couple of hours. More like an entire day.   I can hold my silence. It’s one reason I like sign language and communicating with the deaf. Voice is not an option. Beautiful...
rina-macasaet's picture
Nov.27.2012
Ejay is my deaf buddy. What a great guy he is!  He patiently sits with me, two hours whenever time permits to help me practice my signing skills. We converse about anything that comes to mind.  I try to sign as much as I know and fingerspell what I don’t know. Ejay teaches me signs for...
rina-macasaet's picture
Nov.22.2012
Somebody up there heard me when I called out asking what I could do with my hands while I give knitting a rest. A voice whispered to my ear, “Sign language.”  I was stunned but there was no denying it.  I just knew I was meant to embrace learning something totally out of my realm and...
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Jul.31.2012
  The DVD of Andrea Bocelli’s Vivere Live in Tuscany Concert is a personal favorite. His blindness, his voice, they ignite my dream. A painter and a writer I speak with my hands. Deaf and Blindness touch my heart. If I live to be a hundred I wish for my hands, a mother’s hands, though wrinkly...
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Jun.18.2012
First day of sign language class was all about gestures.  No voice allowed. No finger spelling.   In the deaf world, gestures are extremely important. Expressing happiness, sadness, anger, etc, in varying degrees. A grin, a smile, a chuckle or laughter speaks of joy in different levels....
rina-macasaet's picture
Jun.12.2012
I found myself thinking deeply on the day of sign language orientation. I observed closely how 5 deaf faculty members interacted with us and amongst themselves. Surrounded by external noise that deaf ears could not hear, their world was far from silent.   Being Silent does not mean being Deaf...
rina-macasaet's picture
Jun.01.2012
Officially enrolled for the first trimester of Sign Language class.  College of Saint Benilde, a much bigger University means that I must come prepared to make my way through the regular college crowd of young students.   I took baby steps in approaching the Sign Language booth because I...
rina-macasaet's picture
Apr.23.2012
 On my way home I noticed the passengers of the taxicab to my right signing. What precise timing I thought to myself. So many times in the past I’ve observed passengers inside taxicabs. Only now I chance upon deaf passengers signing. I am quite sure they were deaf because their manner of...
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Apr.20.2012
http://redroom.com/member/rina-macasaet/blog/courage-is-bliss   I mustered enough courage to ask him if he could tutor me.  After pegging a few dates that did not materialize, I finally had my first session.  I was nervous and giddy but prepared to immerse myself in his silent world...