Friday, 23 March 2007

What Sign Language do we sign here in Sweden??

Last night, I chatted with a deaf guy from Canada. I showed him my Sign Language videos in Youtube. He watched them, and then he asked me:
"I don't understand your ASL. You sign too fast" he said.

What?? ASL??

"Excuse me! My videos, I didn't sign ASL in any of them!"

"Then what is it? Greek?" he asked.

"No, it's Swedish Sign Language. We sign Swedish Sign Language here in Sweden!" I told him.

"Huh?" he said.

I had to explain to him, every country has it's own Sign Language. Here in Sweden we sign Swedish Sign Language, and in USA and Canada they sign ASL, which is very different from Swedish Sign Language. He didn't know it before?

Anyway, later we chatted some about traffic and cars. He said to me: "Europe is very strange, you in Sweden drive on the wrong side of the road, you drive on the left."

WTF?? We drive on the left side of the road? Sigh... I had to explain to him again, here in Sweden we drive on the right and in England they drive on the left.
He seems to mix up all the countries in Europe. Thinks that Europe is only one country...

Annoying... sigh....


Anonymous said...

I know how you feel well!!

I saw your Sweden sign langauge.
It was very interested for me!

sometimes I can understand.

smile, jun

Tecken: glad said...

Hi, great you found here! You can learn some Swedish Sign Language, or you already know some signs? Also very interesting with your country sign language! :-)

Fintan said...

Annoying but thats American education for you!
Its not the Deaf people are bad, the hearing Americans dont have a clue.
One said to me where about in England is Wales...Doh!!