[Video] Sign for the Day: Inauguration

So today I thought I would share the sign for Inauguration as the next President of the United States is about to be sworn in just hours from now.

I do not know if there is a specific sign for “Inauguration” but if I were interpreting it I would use a combination of a few signs to say it.  I would first sign “President” then I would use the sign for “promise”… and finally use the hand gesture of placing your left hand on the bible while raising your right night as they do at the actual Inauguration.

Here is a short video to help you learn the sign for Inauguration.  If you have a different way of signing it… leave a comment below.

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[Video] Sign for the Day ~ Fair Enough

I got a request from kyblueboots34 on Instagram to teach a new sign today “Fair Enough”…  like when you say something like “…. but I already worked 60 hours this week, I dont think I should work more…” and someone else says “Fair Enough”….

So kyblueboots34…. this one is for you!

I was checking Amazon out for resources for sign language and came across this book.  Looks interesting.  Has anyone else used this book to learn sign?  Comment below if you have.


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Reilly takes the big bone!

This morning I was on poop patrol, so I took the babies outside while I cleaned up their indignities… Its funny how dogs seem to possess a superiority attitude when you are cleaning up their poo.  Anyway, Reilly has taken to this very large bone that was deposited here from the previous owner’s dog.  Zinny takes a swing at it too, but its funny to see Reilly attempt to pick it up, especially with his cone on.

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American Sign Language~ Sign for the Day ~ Merry Christmas

American Sign Language

Sign For the Day ~ Merry Christmas

Hey everybody….  Brandi here doing my comments from the car.  I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why is Brandi the signing her comments from the car.  She doesn’t usually do that… you’re right, I don’t the reason is because I don’t like to voice and sign at the same time. Typically because English grammar is much different than ASL grammar,  so when voice in English and then try to sign/translate ASL, sometimes it doesn’t really make sense or doesn’t look as smooth or as fluent as I would like it.

Brandi Mahon, Sign Language Interpreter

So anyway…. the reason why I’m signing today is because I’ve had the fortune or misfortunate to have taught some of my hearing friends some signs lately,  and of course they all want to know the bad words,  the bad signs,  or the dirty signs or whatever; (which I’m not going to show you here so don’t worry about that),  and so you know we had a good laugh and we giggled about it or whatever.  And then I started thinking… I said,  well you know, why not better teach them more appropriate signs before they really learn the bad signs,…  So i decided I was going to make a segment of my Comments from the car and call it a sign for the day and I don’t think i’ll be doing it everyday but once in awhile do a sign for the day.

Today I’ve decided that the sign I’m going to teach you all is a Merry Christmas…. Merry Christmas…  See it’s hard to sign and voice the same time because I had spell all that out and I could say much faster. If I try to say it fast and fingerspell it completely I mess up.  So anyway so there are several different ways to sign Merry Christmas.  I’m going to show you sure you two versions. So the first one uses  two signs.  and as you will sign see there’s different ways of saying the same thing.  The sign Merry, which is basically the word happy,….  Merry… Christmas, this is a sign for Christmas. Or the other way is more simple more condense and it’s just MC…  Merry Christmas….  So there you have it…. That’s your sign for the day. So I’m Brandi… life happens and I comment . See you late…  bye!

Oh and I forgot if you have a word or a short sentence that you want me to show you how to sign.   Just leave a comment below or send me a message and I will make it part of my sign for the day sometime in the future….  Now i’m not going to interpret and show you how to do a full paragraph but if you have one word two words or a short  phrase,  I will show you how to do that the best I can!  Alright….  Bye


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Building Trust as an Interpreter for the Deaf

I have been an interpreter for the deaf for over 20 years.  Before I became certified in Texas, I was heavily involved in the deaf community on a personal level.  I had heard of the Code of Ethics that interpreters were required to adhere to. I was afraid that, due to my personal level of involvement with the deaf community, that I may lack the ability to maintain that professional boundary that establishes trust.  But I am pleased to say that once I learned more about the Code of Ethics and how these ethics are necessary they became important for me to embody as best as I can.  I do not claim to have never made a mistake in my interpreting career, but that is not what the ethics are there for.  They are to help you learn and determine how to better improve yourself and your professional community.

Street Leverage is an online resource that  endeavors to spotlight interpreters and industry stakeholders who courageously share their ideas and perspectives in an effort to rethink the way we understand, practice, and tell the story of the sign language interpreter.

I recently reviewed a blog post they published at http://www.streetleverage.com/2016/12/building-trust-accepting-mantle-sign-language-interpreter/

Trust is a huge part of the sign language interpreting profession. As ASL interpreters, we are representatives of our clients, our profession, and at times the entire Deaf community. At the end of the day, our job is a commitment to honor those we represent and the mantle they’ve entrusted to us.


It is an interesting read, and if you are an interpreter in this profession, I would recommend checking out Street Leverage and their resources.  Here is an ASL version of that blog post.