ASL Texts for Consecutive Interpreting Practice

Getting the Message

In this text, Tracy tells of a hotel stay with someone at the front desk who did not quite understand what it meant to have Deaf guests.

Step 1:  Complete Text


Step 2:  Text in Parts

The video below has been separated into sections. Watch the entire section. Then, when the movie is done, produce an interpretation. When you are finished with your interpretation, click the arrow on the right of the video screen to go on to the next section.

The video is divided into 7 sections.

Step 3:  Work with Complete Text Again

Now that you have gone through this process and worked with the sections edited for consecutive practice, try interpreting the complete text again.    If you wish, you can also review the English summary of the text to support your comprehension.  It is below.

The complete video is at the top of this page.  Click here to return there.

English Summary

Getting the Message

This story is about hearing people’s bloopers, but is not intended as an attack. It simply is a demonstration of how little some people know about Deaf people. Tracy and her husband were staying at a hotel. Upon entering their room, Tracy saw the light on for a phone message. She went down to the front desk to retrieve her message. The clerk attempted to explain how to use the phone to get the message from their room. Tracy pointed out that being Deaf, getting phone messages did not work that way for her…and the clerk realized the error and went and got the written message.

These summaries are offered for support in comprehension.  They are written in third person to provide the information contained in the text, rather than a model interpretation.  Use them only as a stepping stone for your own analysis and interpretation.