Early ASL Awkwardness
Don't be afraid of making errors. Remember: To err is human. Everyone makes mistakes. It's really no big deal if you make an error while learning ASL. It's all just part of the learning process and has no serious consequences. Your mistakes might even produce a few laughs! Silly signing errors happen consistently in Level I ASL classes. Just have a good giggle, move on, and learn from your errors.
Whatever you do, don't get discouraged. Don't give up. You can learn ASL, and have fun while you are learning. Although there are no shortcuts to learning how to form each sign, there is plenty of support in these pages. With a little determination, a positive attitude, and a dab of courage, you'll be signing with confidence in no time.
Those new to ASL often express frustration and discomfort during the first few weeks of learning. Have patience until you get past this awkward stage. You may experience these feelings:
You are not in control of your arms and hands.
You have no idea why your hands formed a particular sign.
What you have signed is not what you intended.
These are all normal feelings. They will all soon dissipate, and then you can look back and smile about your early ASL awkwardness. Be patient. This is a new and different way of communicating, and acclimating to a visual language takes time. Just dig in your heels, and go to it.