Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Should You Learn Sign Language?

Sign language is thought to be the fourth most used language in the United States, behind English, Spanish, and Chinese. It is considered easier to learn than most languages, is a valuable skill to add to any resume, and yet many people hesitate to learn it. Perhaps that's because sign language is thought to be something only for people with a hearing challenge or those who are related to someone with hearing problems. But there are a lot of important reasons why those with traditional hearing or even those with aided hearing should consider learning sign language.

  • Expand Horizons and Your Brain
  • Learning any language is good for your brain. It boosts your cognition and enhances abstract and creative thinking. But learning sign language has the added benefit of being good for your heart. When you open yourself up to the unique cultural experience that comes with interacting with the hearing loss community, you introduce yourself to a unique group of people with a lot to say! Bob Hilterman of the wacky website Shut Up and Sign has made it his mission to not only teach people sign language but to make it fun.

  • Unique Skill
  • Sign language has taken center stage in recent years. Not only is it used at public events and speeches, but it also is becoming more common on television and at conferences. In addition, many deaf and hard of hearing kids are main streamed, so there is a real need for those with this ability. Learning sign language adds to any resume, as it not only gives you a marketable skill, but makes an important statement about the person. The skill of sign language is becoming more in demand with universities and with communication specialties like marketing and television.

  • Hand and Eye Coordination Improvement
  • Sign language, as any language is a great benefit to your mind, but it is also an incredible benefit to your hand and eye coordination. It helps to maintain the flexibility and quick reflexes that enhances and uncomplicated your life in many different areas--not just with sign language!

  • Spelling Superstar!
  • Using your fingers to spell out words is an incredible benefit to your mind, solidifying your spelling skills and even improving them. You can become a spelling superstar by keeping yourself nimble not just in your fingers but in your mind.

  • American Sign Language University
  • Learning sign language is a respected way to increase your knowledge, skill, marketability, and human interaction.

    As if these reasons weren't enough to learn beautiful sign language, there is the added benefit of making someone who is deaf or hard of hearing smile. Just like in the below video where an entire neighborhood learned sign language!

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