(♪♪♪) Hi everybody! Welcome back. So today’s topic is going to be talking about facial expressions. So I guess I decided to go ahead with this topic because I figured you know facial expressions are really important. You have to include those, whether it’s casual signing, or you’re interpreting formally. It doesn’t matter, you must have facial expressions. So I’m going to go ahead and give you kinda the reasons I feel that it’s important for you to include facial expressions. First and foremost I want to you know… emphasize that ASL is a visual language. ASL, BSL, whatever sign language it is. It’s a visual language. You know it’s through your eyes! So that means that you have to show through your face as well. You know for example, when you’re using spoken English, or any other spoken langauge, you tend to use a “tone of voice”. So you have inflection, umm you know there’s a lot of things included with the vocal part of spoken language. So for English you would emphasize something like if you’re excited you say like “I’m happy” or if “I’m thrilled!” There’s a difference. When you’re thrilled you’re more louder, or if you’re mad at somebody. You know if you’re just kind of annoyed. You know you’ll talk a little bit quieter. So “I’m upset”, if you’re really mad you know you’re gonna scream at them. So you know going to sign langauge, ASL, umm that “tone of voice”, that vocal inflection that is what facial expressions are. So let’s say if I want to like scream at a person, I’m really mad… let’s say I wanted someone to stop something. You if I’m just annoyed with them I’ll say “stop”. You know I’m annoyed, just “stop”. You can see that in my face. I just look annoyed. You kow it’s a very soft expression. If I’m really mad at them, I’ll do that. You can see my face that I’m really upset. That is showing the intensity of you know how upset I am. If I wanted to show that I’m happy for example. If I sign this, that doesn’t really make any sense. My face doesn’t show the happiness, so it’s conflicting. So it’s important to show I’m happy. So, I guess I can explain a few more examples. Like recently I was talking about telling someone to “stop it”. You know “I’m done”, or if I say “STOP!” It shows a difference. You know facial expressions are important. Also, they work in questions as well. So for example yes or no questions. I’ve explained this before, but if you say “Do you want to go to the store?”, you can see my eyebrows raise up. That is indicating its a yes or no questions when you raise up your eyebrows. Now if I scrunch my eyebrows and they go down. Then that’s indicating it’s a why question. So, you know your face can actually show a lot of things as well. So, if it’s a yes or no or why question. You know again facial expressions are so important. in general for many different reason. You know if you’re learning sign langauge, just now make sure you’re including facial expressions. I know it’s kind of stupid. When I first learned sign language, sometimes you feel almost funny or embarrassed you know moving your face in all these ways, but it’s so important you learn to do it. So if you’re practicing learning sign language, get a mirror. Sit in front of the mirror, and watch your own face. I mean are you actually showing your facial expressions? Are they matching what your signs are and your intention? You need to practice this and it will become more internalized in you and more natural. If you’re interpreting, make sure that you’re showing your facial expressions that are matching the person, the speaker voice. Their voice becomes your face. So it’s really important. So, again both in regular signing and interpreting. Ok guys, so I hope you have enjoyed today’s video. If you have, please click the LIKE button below. Click it! Also if you’re not already subscribed go ahead click the SUBSCRIBE button. Either there in the red button or down below in the link if you’re on a mobile phone. Yeah I have 2 other videos as always. Down there, maybe over there… I changed it so I’m not sure right now. Anyways, click them and yeah I will see you guys in the next video. BYE!
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