Some key signs to practice

An informal quick video to highlight some of the key words we are going through in our series.

Auslan Signs to try

As we continue to bring you parts of the story “Waiting for Daddy”, I thought I’d share some key words in Auslan to practice with your self, or students.

In the main video, we are using Key Word Signing, with the key signs in Auslan. Auslan is the language of the Deaf Community, it has its own unique linguistic structure.

What is the difference between Key Word Signing and Auslan?

Well in Key Word Signing, we are talking (because we are telling someone’s story) and signing the key words. With Auslan, you are signing without speaking and the structure is direct.

For example:

In Key Word Signing we would sign and say “what is your name?”

In Auslan we would sign “Your name what?”.

Feel free to ask me any questions about the signing. Cheers, MassielSigns to tryIMG_4155

Massiel Barros-Torning
I studied signed English, and then moved onto Auslan in my 20s. Last year was inspired by the amount of early childhood teachers attending a refresher course in our community for Auslan run by a local Deaf Teacher. I’m a teacher and facilitator involved in ICT Education, as well as areas involving music, language, Spanish, HSIE (society and culture). Some days I feel like the grown-up version of my inner child. Because I enjoy learning through play. And as a lifelong learner I hope to play for a very long time.

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