Tip: signing while holding a pumpkin is not advised.
A really great foreign language to study is American Sign Language (ASL). Every country has a signed language of their own, just like with spoken languages, and each has their own unique, visual style. If you're looking to learn ASL specifically, a great starting place would be to check out this site with free lessons, then find yourself events in the American Deaf Community where students and learners are welcome, and pick it up from there!
In the spirit of the season, though, here's a really good, fun lesson on some Halloween signs (the signer is Deaf himself and a certified ASL instructor):
This guy is very expressive, but it does have captions. You just have to click the "CC" button to get them. For following along without them, the Youtube description has a vocabulary list to help:
"Wanna know how to sign common words for HALLOWEEN in ASL (American Sign Language)? Words included: AUTUMN, BLACK, BLOOD, BONE, CANDY, CAT, COSTUME, DARK, DEAD, DEVIL, FRANKENSTEIN, GHOST, GRAVE, HALLOWEEN, HAUNTED HOUSE, MONSTER, MOON, MUMMY, ORANGE, PARTY, PUMPKIN, SCARY, SKELETON, SPIDER, TRICK OR TREAT, VAMPIRE, WEB, WEREWOLF, WITCH, and ZOMBIE."
If you went through it, how did you do? It can be awkward at first, but it gets easier with practice. I hope you enjoyed this taste of the spookier side of ASL!
Brie Tart writes fantasies in which she draws the mythical from the mundane. She spends the rest of her time dabbling in languages and prepping for her next adventure.