INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: A snoop-free foreign language
Being married to The Paranoid Dad has its benefits. I’ve become a lot more careful about what I say and to whom I say it. There was a time when I would broadcast to the world our vacation plans and proudly announce them on our voicemail recording. Soon, shredding everything, even sales flyers from Home Depot, became the new normal.
Recently I was thinking about which foreign language our family should focus on learning. Latin is already a part of their homeschool curriculum. Spanish is definitely practical. French would be fun but in our neck of the woods, we don’t meet too many native French speakers.
At the same time, I put on my husband’s Paranoid Dad cap and thought, “What language could we learn that couldn’t be easily understood by people observing us or listening in?” And then it hit me: American Sign Language. ASL qualifies as a foreign language for high school and college requirements, even the best microphone in the world couldn’t pick up our ASL conversations, and we just happen to have an ASL teacher in the family, my mother-in-law.
Perhaps this summer would be a great time to get your kids and even the whole family busy learning ASL. We use a few signs in our family already, and they’ve come in handy dozens of times, especially the sign for, “Going to the bathroom”!
Learning the ASL alphabet is easy and fun. My mother-in-law said that her first step in learning ASL was to practice finger spelling every object she saw as she walked home from school each day. This site is a fun and interactive way to learn finger spelling.
Finally, do a search on YouTube for American Sign Language, and you’ll find dozens of videos to help you learn this amazing language.
Enjoy communicating without worrying about who might be listening in!
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