Part 2 – Waiting for Daddy. Rose’s Story

Part 2 – Waiting for daddy

This week we learn new signs in our Key Signing Story. The word for house is different to home. With “house” you outline the structure. I’m using the variation sign for house you’ll find in Signbank.

When asking questions, you can use your face (raising eyebrows). Facial expressions are a huge part of communication in many cultures, but especially in Deaf communities. So encourage one another to use the expressions. Tell the story with your face, body and gestures, movement.

That is why in one scene I’m “asking” with my eyes and not a sign.

Part 2 – Waiting for daddy

Remember, I’m using Key Signing, where the key words are in Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Auslan has its own unique linguistic structure. As we are translating a written “hearing culture” story, this is being told in key words using Auslan key signs, but not in the way they would be used in Deaf conversation.

I’m currently doing a refresher course with an agency called Auslan Consultancy. They are team of Deaf individuals are passionate about sharing their language with you.

If you see a variation, or something that may need adjusting, drop me a line.

Cheers, Massiel

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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