Progress!!! (Or -?!!??!?!-)

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Things are falling into place for me at a very rapid pace. After so long without, suddenly I’m getting so many opportunities and progress, and it’s amazing and overwhelming all at once.

A business venture and partnership is coming together. My friend and I are doing tutoring! Four out of five compulsory subjects, so that’s like, half of what people actually do for school. We both are putting in the effort for this, and as slow as we are in getting started, we haven’t been without possibility and certainty. We’re planning and organising as we go, and it seems to work. With God, (God willing), we’ll go far with it.

I’ve also been hired with a small company. It’s a tiny position, but I’m hoping and praying that I could stay for a while – longer than part-time, earning my way, and learning new skills.

Ministry seems to be progressing as well.

I’ve been doing bible study under beneath the tangles over on tumblr, and now I’ve been asked to lead it. So it’s a big step, and I – admittedly am feeling braggy about it, but mostly I’m just nervous about it. Am I now in a leadership position, holy- ?!

Also, I can’t quite remember if I had blogged about it before, but I did want to be a Spanish translator or interpreter for pastors ( I aimed for Missions) when I was little, and in a five – to seven year old mindset, I decided i would, and promptly forgot I had done so. Until years later. That was three years ago.

Today though, I intended to suggest the idea of it to my pastor, and tonight we discussed it. He seems for it, and I hope it happens, because…. We need to reach a wider audience in their native tongues.

Problem with that is, how am I going to effectively pitch that.

Can I just ask that you keep these things in prayer? The tumblr bible study ( and participate if you feel like it! All are welcome!) and the translation/interpretation. I’ll be praying on my side too, but it would be helpful and appreciated if you agreed with me.

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Sign language classes have begun for me

We’re two weeks in so far, and it’s really interesting, because we learn both ASL and TTSL signs where applicable. We got a lot more of TTSL v ASL signs today and it’s actually pretty cool. I’m thinking I’ll be more comfortable with ASL signs though. Which isn’t a problem, since ASL is widely used here. Granted, the TTSL signs would be good to know, for vocab or general use. I dunno.

I’m just glad I have a forum to learn and practice. You learn stuff online, which is fine, but I mean, language is dynamic, and learning online and from books is way static. I just wanna get a place to practice it, even if it’s just once a week.

It’s one step closer to fully learning TTSL though. Like, officially. The interpreters learn it, the average Joe learns ASL.

I’ll want to learn TTSL.

But can I interpret? I get trouble interpreting got spoken languages. It’s a confidence/anxiety thing. I’ll get over it, but… Maybe not for some time.

Anyway, there’s always Deaf events to go and learn TTSL.

Oh interesting thing! For me at least. Maybe some linguists will find it cool. I dunno. I do.

There’s a parent of a Deaf child there. Her son attends the Cascade School of the Deaf, and he even taught us some signs. Some were intentional, others were not. He was playing, but I was watching. I mean, he’s the only native signer there tonight. So, I need to learn. As a polyglot and a linguist, I make it my point!

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With the signs for family members, I watched the tutor/coordinator sign, and it was what I learned on asluniversity, and I’m looking at the kid and I’m seeing what the Deaf naturally use here. So I’m following him, using his signs. The tutor didn’t correct me yet, so I’m fine (?)

What’s cool too, as a linguist, is seeing/hearing about language changes. Or possible ones anyway. Like for HEART we learned you trace the shape of a heart on your chest. The kid’s mother mentioned to the tutor that children at school signed it, like, using the hand to shape it rather than trace it  (?)

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Like that, I believe. The location is the same, but if I remember rightly, you do need movement. I wonder what the movement would be.

Hm…  I don’t wanna say you can use this just yet. So please don’t. Just trace the shape of it.

Last week, we  learned the history of TTSL and the Deaf community in Trinidad and Tobago, and some organisations. I was supposed to blog about that last week, but geez I was tired. I’ll get to it eventually. There is much research to get done. We learned about some, but much more info is needed I think.

Hm….

But yah! That’s like a very brief rant, very boring summary.

And we did a song that made the tutor cringe even as she had us sign  it. It was awkward! =D

But it did help us learn signs so, why not.

Should I do ASL v TTSL sign videos, just to show y’all the comparisons? Or should I hold off until I know a bit more and am more confident?

I’m thinking the latter.

Yeah.

That one.

I’m very sleepy.