Hannah and I have been attending Auslan classes at Deaf Services Qld this term. I’ve always loved watching people communicating using Auslan- it’s so expressive! Abi is learning Key Word Sign (which uses Auslan signs, but only signs the key words in each sentence) at school and in speech therapy, and is starting to use a few of the signs herself. Generally by about an hour and a half into the class, Hannah and I are quite tired from concentrating so hard! But we are happy with what we have learned, and feel that we are making good progress. It’s great that we are doing it together, as we can practise at home between classes. We use Auslan Signbank if we can’t remember the sign, and the pictures in the book aren’t clear enough.
I was looking at something on Youtube tonight, and as I was browsing, I found a clip of Advance Australia Fair in Auslan. Not only that, there was a tutorial before the song, demonstrating every sign used! Hannah and I were thrilled with how many signs we recognised.
BrightonSigningChoir, who uploaded that video, has numerous other Auslan clips on their channel, including Happy Birthday (with tutorial), Rainbow Connection, Roar, What a wonderful world, Fireflies, Aussie Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is coming to town.
We enjoyed them so much, that we began searching on Auslan songs on Youtube. Here are some more that we found.
Sing a Rainbow is an excellent opportunity to practise our colours, though some of the signs used in this clip differ slightly from those we were taught. May just be Northern/Southern dialect.
RangaRyan6 has several clear and expressive songs on his channel – Lean on me, What a wonderful world, Imagine, and some nursery rhymes and popular contemporary Christian songs.
Dan Jarvis also has some lovely clips on his channel, including Lean on me, I will always love you, and I have nothing.
Mrs Klaproth signed Silent Night slowly so that the signs can be seen easily for practise.
Darren Kirkegard has a great clip of Amazing Grace.
User Liz Eux has a clip of a little girl signing Do you want to build a snowman?
I think Hannah and I may have just found a good option to keep practising our signing over the Christmas holidays!