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01 May 2013 @ 03:04 pm
Knowledge of Nihongo?  
Looking at Japanese sign language videos on Youtube and meeting other deaf people whose native language is not Nihongo but can sign rudimentary Nihonshuwa make me wonder if prior knowledge of Nihongo is necessary in learning Japanese sign language. Speaking from my experience as a former Nihongo student, I'd say that my study and practice of Nihonshuwa was helped immensely by whatever scraps of Japanese I already know since I can read the Japanese words corresponding to the signs.

Any thoughts on Nihongo complementing Nihonshuwa? If you are interested in learning Nihonshuwa but doesn't have any degree of fluency in Nihongo yet, are you planning to study Nihongo, too?
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