Encouraging your ASL Community
Often it can feel like you’re alone on a challenging journey to learn ASL, but there are ways you can call on your ASL community for support.
Learning ASL alone can be quite a challenge, especially when you don’t know who to turn to for help. That’s why it’s important to establish and maintain a community who will help you over the hurdles and hard times. But even that task can be incredibly discouraging. Here are a few tips you can use to foster a supportive circle of people who care.
Sometimes we think we’re alone in our endeavors to learn a language, and that can be daunting. Even when we reach out once or twice to others experiencing the same struggles, it can feel isolating if this process isn’t frequent enough. It is vital for you to be active in your search for new conversation partners and support members. Everyone in your community is another opportunity to have an ally who will support you. Relying on more than a few individuals for your support group will make a lasting impact on how you learn a language. Even if it’s for something as simple as being able to confide in someone, any outreach is good outreach. On top of that, be sure to follow up with people on past conversations!
Good communication is an important facet of building and encouraging your support community. Try to stay consistent in how often you reach out to others, as it can go a long way in showing you’re dedicated to open conversation with them. In the same vein, remember that how you communicate is just as important as how often you communicate. Be open and honest about your long and short-term goals with those you are trying to connect with. Listen to what they have to say in return! The more effective your communication efforts, the more likely it is that people in your community will respond positively.
Reaching out is important, but remember to be patient, as there are things going on in the lives of others that may take priority. Be understanding and most of all be willing to meet them on their own terms. Your goals are important to them, and similarly, theirs should be important to yours. It would be great if your goals aligned, but this may not always be the case. One ASL learner may not be operating on the same wavelength as another. Further, they may not be as willing to engage their community as you are. And that’s OK! It’s important to know that not everyone functions the same way; just remember that you aren’t alone!
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