I am very excited to finally have been able to complete the Brazilian manual alphabet for Fingeralphabet.org.
The Brazilian manual alphabet is very dear to my heart for a personal reason: it was the one which I learned as a (hearing) child with my friends at school – the version I learned was not 100% correct, which we did not know at that time.
To make sure you have a better start, the version I am providing whent through the necessary revision process.
If you want to go directly to the PDFs, click here.
Please pass this information on in case you know someone who could use it.
Supplementary material will be out as soon as time allows.
In the last weeks there were several events in Austria related to the International Mother Language Day (UNESCO).
The tranlsation of Austrian town signs being one of them, a demonstration in front of the Ministery of Education in Vienna being another.
For more information about these events, please check out the coverage by gebaerdenwelt.tv (German only / link might expire).
And this article by the Austrian newspater Der Standard (German only / link might expire).
I am very proud of the fact, that they used Fingeralphabet.org’s signs for these events – even though it unfortunately was not specifically mentioned. Still, I am hopeful it did spread the word about the free manaul alphabets, as this is the only form of marketing currently available to Fingeralphabet.org.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that the events will prove themselves a success not only in short, but also in long term.
Most people I talk to have a hard time believing how little material concerning sign language is readily available to the general public. I imagine it is even more difficult for them to imagine how ancient a lot of this material is … often dating back a couple of centuries.
I recently started to collect material via Pinterest.
It is as yet a small collection of online material, but it is rather intriguing and it also hints at some of the difficulties I am facing.
Comparisons Across International Manual Alphabets
Most people are not necessarily interested beyond their own national manual alphabet. And that is absolutely understandable.
For the amusement of the rest of you, I started a little series over at Fingeralphabet.org’s Facebook page, where I am showing different signs for the same letters side by side.
Just for your information: there is an account but I am not as yet found my way into this.
I will give it another try as soon as I manage to wrap my head around it. Promised.
Until then … thanks for following.