ASL: What You Need to Know to Get Fluent and Get a Job

Interest in American Sign Language is growing thanks to viral videos like this one of ASL interpreter Tina Cleveland and her fiance roadtrip jamming to “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease and this one of kindergartener Claire Koch signing her Christmas concert for her deaf parents. As ASL interpretation becomes more and more common at events, including political rallies and speeches, concerts (check out these ASL interpreters’ mad skills!), and conventions/conferences, more and more people are becoming aware of the need for interpreters. However, not everyone is familiar with what interpreters do, how to learn ASL, or the history behind the language and profession.

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