AW: [sw-l] new subscriber

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Wed May 13 14:20:23 UTC 2009

Hi Carol, 


welcome to the SW –list. You will find lots of my projects in the past
around SignWriting or GebaerdenSchrift as we call it in Germany. 


Let me ask a question: You write in your introduction: 


“We began in 1997 to develop a sign language for our students, who use
Chitumbuka as the language of choice (they also must learn English, Chichewa
and often a tribal language).” 


What is this ...“ we began to develop a sign language...”  Did you invent
signs for the different terms ( numbers, colours, animals, plants, abstract
concepts ..did you present these signs to your deaf students? Or did you
introduce ASL  or ... ? How did you collect your signs for your Sign
Language so far?  What about Malawian SignLanguage 


Great to hear from you. Later you will keep this day in your mind – it was
the day your options to teach deaf students and hearing teacher became
brilliant. Valerie Sutton invented a wonderful system and lots of brilliant
software experts created great programs that allow us to feed the
“SignPuddle” or SignWriter  dictionary. 


Do not hesitate to post your questions to the list. Onthe other and it makes
sense to browse through the SW-forum list archives or to look at the many,
many documents that are published on the website. 


Have a great day 


Stefan ;-) 


I created another greeting card – saying in ASL  “This is a beautiful day” –
Sure it is!


Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Carol
Gesendet: Dienstag, 12. Mai 2009 20:55
An: SW-L at
Betreff: [sw-l] new subscriber


Monire Mose!  (Hello, everyone)

I am new to SW and very excited to find it.  I am a volunteer speech
therapist at the Embangweni School for the Hard of Hearing in Malawi,
Africa.  We began in 1997 to develop a sign language for our students, who
use Chitumbuka as the language of choice (they also must learn English,
Chichewa and often a tribal language).  Up till now we have had no way of
visually presenting the signs for new students and new teachers.  I am
hoping to be able to use SW for our school.

The school presently has 164 students boarding, ranging in age from 6 – 20.
About 60% are post-lingual deaf; the rest born deaf.  We have 12 classrooms,
plus the advanced vocational education section with an average of 11
students per classroom – much better than the usual Malawian classroom of 80
to 100 students per teacher!  We are located on a mission station which is a
3 hour drive from the nearest town of any size.  The school has no piped
water, but we are lucky to have a bore-hole (deep water well) close to the
classroom block.  There is electricity  on station, but it is too expensive
for the school to use except for a very occasional evening meeting at the

If you would like to learn more and see pictures of the school, visit the

I imagine I will be on here asking for help a lot!


Tiwonge chomeni!  (Thank you very much)

Carol Nussbaumer   Mama Kalo to the Embangweni kids

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