Friday, April 16, 2010

For Your Entertainment

I quite enjoy this song, and how can you not love anyone who does sign language? I mean, seriously. I rarely post videos, but this one is awesomesauce.

And I may or may not be out of things to blog about at this time. I'm fried from spring break--staying up late and swimming can really wear a person down. I'm going to a M/W/F posting schedule next week so I can finish my conference presentations and feel human and all that other jazz.

But for today, this is pure entertainment. I'm not even going to ask you any questions. (Ha!)


86 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

What an awesome interpretation! Thanks for sharing Elana.

Go ahead and take the week off, you've got plenty of residual blogging awesomesauceness to last.

Today's guest blogger is Rachel Alpine!

Amie McCracken said...

Hate the song (I'm just being honest), love that video! He's awesome.

Take a break, breath, drink a drink with a little umbrella in it. I think we'll all survive...maybe...ok, we'll miss you lots!

Jen said...

How awesome!!! Have a drink for me!!! Have a great break :) We will miss you, I might not survive!!! Just teasing... I'll try not to lurk too much!

Talli Roland said...

Haha - love it!

Enjoy your unplugged week. I second Jen: we'll miss you! :)

Tina Laurel Lee said...

My kids will love that! Thanks.

Amie B said...

he looks so...happy. it's almost contagious. love that!

enjoy some time off. we're not going anywhere :)

JustineDell said...

OMG! I saw this video months ago and totally loved it! I hate this song, but the video is awesome ;-) Have you looked up any others? I haven't found any as good as this one, but plugging sign language like this is really neat. My daughter wanted to learn it after watching the video.

Enjoy being off-line for a week!

~JD

jdcoughlin said...

I love this. I love the expressions. You just got to watch. It is an overplayed song, but I know it so well I want to see how he is going to do that next chorus. THX!!!

Scott said...

Whoa! That's great. Thanks for posting.

Sheri Larsenッ said...

I am so glad that guy did that. My youngest child has apraxia of speech. He learned sign language at the wee age of 20 months. Seriously. It was awesome. Great skill to have.

Enjoy your time away, Elana. Refresh!

Southpaw said...

That was great.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I couldn't watch the video because the kiddies are still sleeping. I studied ASL at one point. I figured I couldn't mess up the pronounciation unlike the other languages I attempted. Apparently I was wrong. :(

Can't wait to watch it!

Have a great break. You deserve it!

Candyland said...

3yo listens to Miley like, on repeat...

Cynthia Watson said...

Elana - I love that word "awesomesauce"! Did you make it up?? You're so clever!

Lisa said...

Love it! My daughters love that song :)

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I laughed during the whole thing. That was just what I needed! Too cool. I might have to link it to my FB page. ;)
~ Wendy

Jonathon Arntson said...

I love Stephen Torrence!! Here's my fave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQYjZc7gKXc

Katie Ganshert said...

Have a great blogging break!

Eric said...

I'm not a fan of Miley (I have serious concerns regarding her values/morals or lack thereof), but I can't knock her vocal skills. What I really liked about this though was the sign language interpretation.

It also made me wonder something. With English constantly evolving and new slang added in, how do current users of sign language "create" a new sign to indicate a new word? For example, how does a person sign any of the numerous Snoop Dog "words"?

Thanks for sharing this Elana.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I've always wanted to learn sign language! Have a relaxing week unplugged. Best of luck preparing for the conference. (I'm jealous!!)

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

I love this! Wonderful entertainment on a Friday morning!


Have a great week - we will miss you!


Of course I am sure your email is flooded with the NGaAHDay emails! lol (which I am psyched about!!!)

You deserve the break ;o)

Visit My Kingdom Anytime

Jamie Burch said...

Elana! Love this video, thanks. I can't help but like the song, too.

I hope you get everything sorted out and have some time to relax. Good luck with the upcoming conference!

lotusgirl said...

I love sign interpretations. That guy was wonderful. I know a bit, and it was fun that they have what he's actually signing in parentheses.

Lydia Kang said...

That guy is so cute! I'm totally smiling right now.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I almost didn't click on this - Miley Cirus? But, wow! that was great. I'm pumped for the day.

Mary Campbell said...

Very cool and fun to watch.

Karen Lange said...

Good idea to start the weekend.
Rest and relax,
Karen

elizabeth said...

Awesome! I really enjoyed the video. That guy was amazing

Michelle Stephens said...

That was awesome!

A while back I saw another very good ASL video to a modern song. Believe it or not, it's for a Marilyn Manson song. It's pretty intense. Google ASL + Marilyn Manson and it will come up.

Please be warned it is NSFW or children. Very impressive and intense, though.

Henya said...

Thank you so, so much for sharing this. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this.

Amalia T. said...

Enjoy your break!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Funny. Enjoy your break!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my type of music, but you can't argue with her success.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I miss you already! Good luck with your conference presentations. :-)

Bethany Wiggins said...

The sign-language guy. I've had a crush on him for a while. Thanks!!! You're the best, E.

laurapauling said...

I love watching people do sign language. It's so much more than just the signs.

I think the Idol contestants could take some lessons from him on performance.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I SUPPOSE I can forgive you for abandoning me on Tuesday and Thursday next week (what will I do without an Elana Post? WHAT?) But only if you give VERY detailed posts about your conference experience when you get back. Details. I want allllllllll the details.
:)

Julie Musil said...

LOVED IT!!!

Theresa Milstein said...

Funny! I wonder what other songs look like in sign language.

I'll miss you, but if you'd rather prepare presentations and feel human than comment on my blog and give me posts to read, I'll wait.

Dominique said...

Good song + ASL = My being super happy :D
Thanks a ton for posting this

Liza said...

Yup. Great song. Even better video.

~Jamie said...

OHMIGOSH! You have no idea the memories you just brought back for me! I had to do one of these for my final in the last ASL class. I did the Fox and the Hound's 'Best of Friends'

Ahh! I had completely forgotten about it, and it was really a LOT of fun!

Paul Greci said...

Good luck with the prep!!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh,I actually sign (Used to teach at a school for the deaf) Loved it!

Janet Johnson said...

Too fun! I don't know why I like that song so much. But hey, I'll go with it.

Good luck on your presentation! I'm sure you'll do great. :)

Annette Lyon said...

ASL was my foreign language in college, so this was a BALL to watch!

Nichole Giles said...

Elana, take a break. You deserve it as much as anyone I know. More, even.

Can't wait for the conference! See you there.

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

i'm movin' my hips like yeah.

(ps. I have an announcement on my blog today~ check it out.)

roxy said...

You are so funny, Elana. I'm showing this to my kids when they get home. Have a great weekend!

Yamile said...

Not a Miley fan, but I love the song. And I love this video even more. Thanks for sharing! Do you mind if I steal the video and share it on my FB page?

Laura Marcella said...

Lol, that was great! I don't like that song, but this guy's sign language interpretation was fantastic. Loved his expressions during the DJ part when the Britney song comes on, hahaha! Thanks for the entertainment!

Indigo said...

Loved this. Loved the energy of the guy in the video even more. Even though I'm deaf, I don't sign. Comes with the territory of being late deafened, I'm better at reading lips. Thank you for sharing this.

One other thing I loved - the video had close captioning available to follow the words to the song. I wish more people realized that was an option and used it when they made videos. (Hugs)Indigo

arlee bird said...

What a fun interpretation of this song. And I'll admit that I liked the song (this was the first time I'd heard it). This signer shows such an infective sense of joy.

And slow down if you must, Elena. Got to have priorities.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Krispy said...

Rest up and have a good weekend! :)

Wendy Ramer said...

Loved this! thanks for posting.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Loved the video! I'll have to look up Steve and see if he has anything else out there.

I've done Sign Language specials at church for years, and enjoy watching others sign.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Aubrie said...

Thanks for the funny video. And thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by my blog. When you do I'm always surprised and I feel so honored that the famous Elana is visiting me! I can't wait for your book to come out. :)

Olivia Carter said...

I LOVE that song too & seriously this guy only makes it better. So great! Thanks for sharing!

And its always good to take a break from blogging. Sometimes you just need to get away and then come back feeling all fresh and good!

Elana Johnson said...

I'm still smiling from watching this. I'm glad you guys are enjoying it too!!

Krista said...

Big grin on my face. Thanks, Elana! Have a great weekend and good luck at the conference! (Movin' my hips like yeah...)

Kristin said...

Good luck getting everything done!

L.T. Elliot said...

If that isn't a perfect example of what body language can do to express someone, I don't know what is. I have such respect for people who sign. =D

Jessica Nelson said...

I like that song too! Awesome video. I loved how he timed his hands to the song too. Really cute.
have a great weekend girl!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Hmmm... I think a break sounds like a good idea.

One day I'd like to know what got you writing dystopian YA. It's a cool genre, but not one I ever would have thought to write myself.

Have a great weekend!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Okay, this video was fun but I have to tell you -- my son walked in and was mortified to find me groovin' to a Miley Cyrus tune!

MissV said...

I always wanted to learn sign language. I can do the alphabet, and when I was a gawky jr. high schooler getting teased on the walk home from school,I would spell out the most atrocious insults with my hand in my pocket. hahaha.

My brother could also do the alphabet, so when we were in time-outs as kids, (and mom wanted absolute silence) we would spell messages to each other...except he wasn't the greatest speller so half the time I didn't know what the heck he was saying.

Ahhhhh, memories! Thanks for that!

Jemi Fraser said...

Signing is so beautiful - smooth and flowy :)

Enjoy recuperating from the break! We had snow during ours!

Lisa and Laura said...

This is awesome--thanks for posting! Good luck getting caught up...you are a wise, wise woman.

Mary McDonald said...

That's an awesome video! My nine year old daughter heard it playing and came to take a look, so I started it over. She loved it too. Afterwards, I saw her doing some of the signs, but then she laughed and said the guy did them too fast. lol

T. Anne said...

What a sweet guy! I do love that song. My DD plays it all the time. It could be worse, right?

Kris said...

Truly, showing not telling - amazing that he makes you feel the song. How cool. Thanks for posting it Elana!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Have a great week! Get some rest!

Jenn Wilks said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlxPp0vAniY - This is my FAVE of his! Talk about awesomesauce!!! But we <3 this song around here. My kids make me play it over and over. So when we found this video, guess what we had to do? LOL.

@Eric, I've learned lately that they can fingerspell super fast. Pretty much as fast as they can make other signs. If there are new words they don't have signs for, I'm sure they do that, just like they do with names.

The Deaf Branch is now part of our stake, and we <3 watching them up on the screen at Stake Conference. I especially love watching them sign the songs. They don't just sit there and passively make the signs, they really get into it like this guy does. <3 it!

(sorry this is so long, btw. And now I'm making it longer. Dang it!) LOL.

Ann Marie Wraight said...

My hubby found this fascinating - he's been learning sign language in Greek for a couple of years now ...he's doing a doctorate in speech and learning difficulties.

It's the first time he's seen a presentation like that though.

THANKS ELANA and HAVE FUN!

Glynis said...

D1 is a British SL interpreter for the British Deaf Soc. Her wedding was amazing, so many folk with expressive hands sharing her vows.She has taught her friend's baby to ask for milk.

Enjoyed the video.

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Christina Farley said...

Recup and relax. Do all the things that make you feel stress free!

Jen said...

I have an award for you!!

Angela said...

Okay, that's just plain cool. :)

Suzette Saxton said...

That was so fun! He's adorable.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

My toddler loves this song. so cute. And this guy is great! He even does the sign for the little "Whoa!" Very good!

Good luck with conference preparation. Conference prep for me will be more like two days debating what to wear. But I'd imagine you have a little more to do than that ;)

Palindrome said...

My Mom does sign language. I'm going to forward this to her! Thanks!

Terresa said...

Oh, you are wise to cut back the blog bit. I've considered M/W/F but haven't done it yet. Still considering, though...

PS: See you in a few days @ LDStorymakers!

Heather Zundel said...

This is so awesome, I can't even tell you how much I love this, Elana. I know ASL and this brought back so many memories. Thank you!

(and did you ever get my email?)

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