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    Default How do I go about learning sign language??

    I live in brisbane and im really interested in learning how to sign and eventually work with hearing impaired children. does anyone know of any courses/classes in the area?? also has anyone learnt how to sign and how difficult is it to pick up because just the thought of learing to sign all the words that i speak blows my mind. any info would be helpful, thanks in advance!

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    There are a number of Auslan courses around Brisbane, get on google and have a search.
    When I lived on campus at uni, I lived with an American exchange student, who was deaf. I actually ended up dating one of his mates and learnt quite a bit of Auslan in a short period. It's not too hard to pick up, a lot of the signs are fairly obvious. Also as long as you learn the alphabet, you can spell out any words you don't know the sign for.
    Good luck, I loved signing with my deaf friends. Also deaf culture is very inclusive, unlike our 'hearing culture'.

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    I have a few friends who have done Auslan at TAFE, one of them is an Interpreter.

    As said the Deaf Culture is very tight knit. The interpreter friend Applied for a Translator internship 2 or 3 times before being accepted as they are usually reserved for CODA's (child of Deaf Adult).

    Ask for picking it up.. I hang around about 4or 5 people who know Auslan one of which being half deaf instead of Whispering signs. And one Signs unconsciously whilst talking so I have picked up a bit just from that. there are little things that are hard to pick up eg Words like the, of,to, are etc just don't exist.

    It's something I would love to do after meeting them, it would surely make out night os talking to Dawn more interesting.

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    I've been looking at courses too - haven't made up my mind which one to do yet though ..

    http://www.deafau.org.au/community/acc.php

    I know basic sign due to work ... and friends at uni I didn't struggle to pick it up, but I do know people who found it hard - so I think it depends on YOU as a person?? whether you will find it easy or not
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    also check out "deaf services queensland" they run weekly or weekend courses for auslan

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    The Auslan website teaches you sign by sign with little videos. Start there do easy!

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    I have iPhone apps as I am currently learning key word signing for my DS. There are a wide variety of apps on there and the ones I have show both flash cards and a child signing, plus they say word out loud

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    I learnt auslan a few years ago and worked with children it was amazing.

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    Well done for looking into it
    I have completed Auslan 1 and 2 and the last few years ive had 3-4 days training per year at work, it is very easy to pick up, Auslan is about normal gestures that you'd typically use in day to day life
    I love learning sign language and currently teaching my 10mth old (practically since birth).
    As PP have said there are TAFE courses available so contact your local TAFE and there is an baby sign App that I use with DS.
    Good luck and I hope you enjoy

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