Why did John learn sign?

Here is the answer …..


Father & Daughter

Unimodel Bilingual

Thank you, the Parker-Lindeberg Family for sharing your story! Continue to spread the love of unimodal bimodal signing with your family! smile emoticon

For deaf blinds (and non-signers) here is a translation from ASL in the video to written English:
A man, black shirt, and woman, colorful patterned sweater, are sitting together. Picture of cityscape in background.

W: Why… it’s on!
M: That. I’m not sure why, need to discuss.
W: Because Deaf? Or?
M: No. Why? WhyISign?
W: Why?
M: That.. ehm. (Point at woman). You use ASL?
W: Yes. ASL. (Laughing). Let’s do it again.
M: I use norsk tegnspråk (Norwegian Sign Language). And.. That means..
W: Our son!
M: Yes, we give him two languages. Yes..
W: Called? Name, he signs it. (Point at man).
M: Unimodal Bilingual.
W: Means something new. What does it mean?
M: It mean using two sign languages. They are the same. Not one sign language and one oral language, they are different. Sign and sign are the same.
W: We give them two to our son. 200 percent. Fluent.
M: Why 200 percent? How? ASL gives 100 percent access to language. Norsk tegnspråk gives 100 percent access to language. 100 plus 100 is 200.
The woman start dancing, the man waves goodbye, both smiling.

(Not said in video; unimodal bilingual is supposed to be different from bimodal bilingual. Bimodal means two different language modes, the one being a sign language and the other an oral language.)

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