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09 August 2008 @ 01:27 pm

Hi! It’s me again! This community pretty much dead. I don’t want to let it die on me.

Anyways, hello again. I’m wondering how I can find a way to sign up for JSL class or maybe anything I can keep me busy practicing JSL? Oh yea, how can I find a place I can attempt and working as a JSL interpreter or translator anywhere? Thanks!

23 July 2008 @ 06:11 pm
Hello,  I'm deaf, college student.Want become JSL interpreter to help deaf children and adults.
But the problem is, no one i can talk with in jsl. also, i have japanese-language jsl book. But i would be happy if i have english-language jsl books, anyone know where i can find? thanks! 

(The basic yubimoji video has been embedded in a previous post.)
16 March 2008 @ 09:14 am

Here's the lyrics (with my poor translation):

Until the world becomes one,

let's all hold hands with each other.

You can see young Johnny's boys learning how to sing the song 世界が一つになるまで ("Until the World Becomes One") in sign language. Young Ikuta Toma, Yokoyama Yuu, and YamaPi!
12 March 2008 @ 03:59 pm
From White Bear:

The only thing is you need to type in Japanese. I suggest using Yahoo Japan Dictionary to find the equivalent or similar words and copy and paste if you don't already know the language:


Yahoo Japan Dictionary

At Weblio.jp, each term has a corresponding video that demonstrates the sign. How nifty is this?!
10 March 2008 @ 01:25 am
Hello everyone! My name is Grace and I just got back from Japan (well, from the airport) about three hours ago. I didn't have internet access during my trip so now I'm checking my e-mail and livejournal and saw a link to this community. I know American Sign Language (I took ASL 1-4 and two interpreting classes, then stopped). I know some Japanese as well. I didn't see any Japanese sign language during my trip though I met a girl who goes to University for sign language interpreting. Can't wait to learn more!
07 March 2008 @ 02:22 pm
(My hobby is _____.)

As far as I can tell from the clip, the members of the 手話サークルSmile (literally "Sign Language Circle Smile," most likely a sign language club?) at a university in Kyoto are asked to describe their hobbies in sign language.

Today, everyone will tell us about their hobbies.

一番目の男: 僕の趣味は昼寝と、手話の本を読む事です。
First guy: My hobbies are napping and reading books on sign language.

二番目の男: 僕の趣味は、... ド、ラ、イ、ブ、ドライブです。
Second guy: My hobby is... d-r-i-ve... driving.

一番目の女: 私の趣味は水泳、ゆっくり泳ぐ事です。あとで、テレビを見る事です。
First girl: My hobbies are swimming, leisure swimming. And then, watching TV.

二番目の女: 私の趣味はお酒を飲む事です。飲んで飲んで飲んで、楽しい!!
Second girl: My hobby is drinking sake. Drinking, drinking, drinking. It's fun!

My hobbies are blogging, taking photographs, and fangirling over the idol group, ARASHI.

This is my first time translating off subtitles so, of course, mistakes abound. It's kind of fun to learn what others do for fun. I may translate more JSL vlogs in the future when my Nihongo improves. (^_^)v
04 March 2008 @ 03:52 pm
What better way to start a sign language community than with "finger letters?"

This girl has a great collection of videos uploaded on her YT, mainly JSL vlogs and such. Looking through those, I wonder if it's possible for those who are not familiar with Nihongo to learn JSL. For instance, the yubimoji requires one to have a basic knowledge of the Japanese syllabary, at least.

(Here's a page of illustrated yubimoji with their respective kanas if you want to look at a more static reference.)
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