Jesus I just realized in my story that one character uses Asl while the other uses Fsl do you think a person who knew Asl and french could actually communicate with someone who only used Fsl



I… uh, I’m not sure? Logically, you should be able to treat it like any other language barrier but I think my brain just short-circuited trying to switch from verbal language mode to signed.

SLs are based on facial expressions/body language which is pretty universal (even if the signs themselves aren’t). In fact, now that my brain has settled into SL mode instead of VL, I reckon that speakers of two different SLs would be BETTER at navigating the barrier. They’d be more attuned to what the body and face is saying, while VL speakers rely on the words themselves.

So while using the sign-words would be fairly chaotic, the conversation itself would be happening on a level far deeper than that. I’ve said before that SL is incredibly adaptive, and I don’t think it’d take the speakers of two different SLs very long to develop their own sort of pidgin sign to communicate more freely 🙂

I believe I heard that they share about 60% of their vocabulary?

ASL and several european sign languages are heavily based on or related to FSL.  Knowing one of these languages, have generally found the others to be somewhat mutually intelligible, just like knowing spanish gives you a leg up on understanding portuguese or vice versa.

However BSL is different, it is not related.

There is also IS, international sign which is a sort of pidgin or creole of all the european sign languages and ASL, and is used to communicate between them. But not everyone knows it.


Hi, I’m Wynter, I’m Deaf and fluent in ASL (American Sign Language). I get a lot of people telling me they want to learn to sign, but not knowing exactly where to start. So, I am here to provide that!

Let’s start off with some basics, though. ASL does NOT follow English grammar (Signed Exact English/SEE does, but it is not ASL), it only uses English words and a lot of the communication with singing is done via facial expression and body language. Basically, it goes in the order of time > topic > comment. For example, “ I am going to pet dogs next week” would be “next week dogs me pet”, but there are quite a few variants and every person who signs will have a different way of doing this. Sort of how people who speak English in different parts of America have an accent and different ways to sign things. The most important thing to note about ASL is that *American* Sign Language is not universal. Most languages have their own form of SL and a lot of the word signs/alphabets are not at all the same. Another note, learning SEE may seem easier at first, but it can actually make the transition to ASL grammar that much more difficult. An example of differing signs is BSL (British Sign Language) vs ASL. 

This is the BSL finger alphabet:


And this is the American one:


So while there is a small bit of crossover, it is very, very different! Don’t get me wrong, a lot of times signers will understand each other at least a little bit, but it does need to be noted that signs can differ by language, country, region, and sometimes person. 

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