We are doing it for a number of reasons:
She works in a pharmacy and thinks it might be useful there
I might use it for work
It gives us the opportunity to spend time together
We have a dedicated ‘study buddy’ in each other
No learning is ever wasted.
Today was our first two hour session and it was so interesting but also so much fun. You aren’t allowed to talk in class: not at all. The instructor is deaf (I think); anyway, she didn’t talk at all. Today we learnt the alphabet and how to ask a few simple questions and we spent a lot of time playing word games with other class members.
The whole emphasis is on fun learning and the two hours flew by in a flash. Claire and I have decided we will have a thrice weekly study date, where we don’t talk at all but communicate only in sign language and we will go out to different venues each time. The signing itself is easier than the reading of somebody else’s signing, or so I find it, but presumably it will come easier with practice. I have read elsewhere that the most successful second language (and Auslan is one) are those where there is total immersion in the new subject. I am already looking forward to week 2!