How long does it take to learn?

Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa shane.gilchrist.oheorpa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 15 22:38:43 UTC 2006

it depends on how much material u do have really...

SW isnt really taking off in ireland and the UK because of the limited
materials - for instance, Pauline's lovely Xmas card in BSL - people
picks it up quick because its IN their language - why would they learn



On 15/12/06, Adam Frost <adam at> wrote:
> I can only say from my experience as a Deaf user. I have taught a lot
> of Deafies to read SW, and they all get it in less than 30 minutes.
> Now that doesn't mean that they can write in SW, but the can read a
> document without support.
> Now, for your question about daily users, that will be diffcult to
> figure as I am sure several others on the list will agree. But I can
> speak for myself that I have tons of notes to myself in SW. My
> computer has some, but is limited because of the lack of technology.
> Which brings me to my next comment, most Deafies I know near me don't
> use it on a daily bases because there isn't ease to use it. This has
> brought out my blunt nature of being Deaf (and because I know them
> well) to say to them it is just an excuse to stay illiterate in their
> own native language. (I know. Very bold!)
> I hope this helped you out some.
> Adam
> On 12/15/06, Jason Hopkins <codenosher at> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > Just so you know, I'm probing a bit for some research I'm doing :)
> >
> > From your experiences, how long does it take for your average Deaf person to
> > learn SW good enough to read most things?  I know this is pretty vague, but
> > I'd like to know about what you've experienced yourself or in training
> > classes.
> >
> > I'd also like to know how many people are using SW on a daily basis, and in
> > what ways.  I have seen the cards and a couple of emails, but in what ways
> > are you using this on a daily basis for meaningful communication outside of
> > the handful of grade schools I've seen listed.
> >
> > Does anyone leave coworkers notes in SW?  Look around your computer, on a
> > bulletin board or on your fridge, do you have notes to yourself or others in
> > SW?  I'd really like to know how the deaf Deaf are using SW on a daily
> > basis.
> >
> > -Jason
> >
> >
> >
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