Category: Interpretations


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

ASL song interpretation rarely follows the words of the song exactly, nor does it necessarily follow the proper grammar rules of either spoken English or ASL. This is an interpretation of “Rudolph”– the all caps denotes the ASL signs. Our very own (still) lovely Jessica has also made a video of our version of “Rudolph”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_dIUFJcyLE

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen

YOU KNOW (NAME SIGNS)

Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen

(MORE NAME SIGNS)

But do you recall

REMEMBER

The most famous reindeer of all?

MOST FAMOUS REINDEER?

 

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

RUDOPLH RED NOSE REINDEER

had a very shiny nose.

(3x) CLASSIFIER (shiny nose).

And if you ever saw him,

IF YOU SAW 

 you would even say it glows.

YOU ALL SAY GLOWS (from nose)

All of the other reindeer

PAST REINDEER OTHER ALL

 used to laugh and call him names.

LAUGH AND TEASE

 They never let poor Rudolph

NEVER ALLOW RUDOLPH

 join in any reindeer games.

JOIN GAMES

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE (fingerspelled) FOG

Santa came to say:

SANTA ARRIVED SAY

“Rudolph with your nose so bright,

RUDOLPH MODIFIER (shiny nose)

 won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

PLEASE GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT

Then all the reindeer loved him

FINISH REINDEER ALL LOVE

as they shouted out with glee

(2X) SHOUT HAPPY

“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

RUDOPLH RED NOSE REINDEER

you’ll go down in history!”

FAMOUS FOREVER.

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This week we touched on basic sentence structure and practiced with a few short sentences.  We will do this in more detail in later lessons :]

Generally, the order of the sentence is as follows:

time, subject, object, verb, negation [not, never, no, etc.]

Verbs are not conjugated in sign language, so the meaning of the sentence [you vs. I, question vs. statement] is based highly on context and facial expressions.  Also, the sentences use only the necessary words to get the point across, which means they are much simpler than English sentences.

Examples: [words in brackets are optional depending on context]

I eat breakfast at 8am. –> 8 morning food/eat [refresher/breakdown: time is indicated by the sign for the number rising from your “watch”, then the sign for morning, then the noun/verb for food/eat–they’re the same]

She goes to work at 9am. –> 9 morning [she] work goes to

Eddie plays basketball every Friday. –> weekly Friday Eddie basketball plays

I don’t drink beer. –> beer [drink] never/not

I have a test on Thursday. –> Thursday test [I] have

Sorry if this format is confusing…if you can think of a better way for me to “translate” just let me know!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

ASL song interpretation rarely follows the words of the song exactly, nor does it necessarily follow the proper grammar rules of either spoken English or ASL. This is an interpretation of “Rudolph”– the all caps denotes the ASL signs. Our very own (still) lovely Jessica has also made a video of our version of “Rudolph”.

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen

YOU KNOW (NAME SIGNS)

Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen

(MORE NAME SIGNS)

But do you recall

REMEMBER

The most famous reindeer of all?

MOST FAMOUS REINDEER?

 

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

RUDOPLH RED NOSE REINDEER

had a very shiny nose.

(3x) CLASSIFIER (shiny nose).

And if you ever saw him,

IF YOU SAW 

 you would even say it glows.

YOU ALL SAY GLOWS (from nose)

All of the other reindeer

PAST REINDEER OTHER ALL

 used to laugh and call him names.

LAUGH AND TEASE

 They never let poor Rudolph

NEVER ALLOW RUDOLPH

 join in any reindeer games.

JOIN GAMES

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE (fingerspelled) FOG

Santa came to say:

SANTA ARRIVED SAY

“Rudolph with your nose so bright,

RUDOLPH MODIFIER (shiny nose)

 won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

PLEASE GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT

Then all the reindeer loved him

FINISH REINDEER ALL LOVE

as they shouted out with glee

(2X) SHOUT HAPPY

“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

RUDOPLH RED NOSE REINDEER

you’ll go down in history!”

FAMOUS FOREVER.

ASL song interpretation rarely follows the words of the song exactly, nor does it necessarily follow the proper grammar rules of either spoken English or ASL. This is an interpretation of “Jingle Bells”– the all caps denotes the ASL signs. Our very own lovely Jessica has also made a video of our version of “Jingle Bells”.

Verse 1:

Dashing through the snow

SNOW

In a one horse open sleigh 

DASHING SLEIGH

 O’er the fields we go

CLASSIFIER (rolling hills)

Laughing all the way

LAUGHING

Bells on bob tails ring

BELLS BELLS (swap hands) BELLS BELLS

Making spirits bright

HAPPY CLASSIFIER (spreading out)

What fun it is to laugh and sing

FUN RIDE

A sleighing song tonight

SING NOW

Chorus 1:

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

BELL CLASSIFIER (jingle) BELL CLASSIFIER (jingle)

Jingle all the way

BELL CLASSIFIER (jingle) ALL (<–fingerspelled) WAY

Oh, what fun it is to ride

FUN RIDE

In a one horse open sleigh

SLEIGH CELEBRATE.

Chorus 2:

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

BELL CLASSIFIER (jingle) BELL CLASSIFIER (jingle)

Jingle all the way

BELL CLASSIFIER (jingle) ALL (<–fingerspelled) WAY

Oh, what fun it is to ride

FUN RIDE

In a one horse open sleigh

HORSE SLEIGH.

ASL song interpretation rarely follows the words of the song exactly, nor does it necessarily follow the proper grammar rules of either spoken English or ASL. This is an interpretation of the National Anthem.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

Looking  seeing dawn

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Big big proud all of us celebrate light

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

Four big stripes star sparkle through terrible fight/war

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

Over trenches watch “wavy classifier”

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Red rocket “hand flash explosions”

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Show through all night flag steady “point to American flag nearby”

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

Question marks stripes “wavy classifier”

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Land free America people brave.