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For many years, there has been misconceptions about American Sign Language creating confusion about what ASL is and is not. Sadly, Deaf people are seen as people who can not read or “speak proper” English because ASL is their primary language. However, many don’t know that ASL is an actual language people can express thoughts and ideas like any other language we hear today. In the book “Introduction to American Deaf Culture”, “ASL is recognized and accepted by the majority of linguists and the academic community as a legitimate language, with the ability to express any thought, idea, or concept, just like spoken language” (page 115).  ASL has a completely different grammar structure than English, such as the signs were English words and grammar on the hands. Each language can not be exactly translated over and ASL follows the same rules. For example, in english I would say “I am going to the store” but in ASL I would say “Me store go to” (subject + object + verb). Another example, in english “send the letter” but in ASL “letter send” as the noun comes first than the verb. The last example, the question comes last in ASL so in english it is “who is the boy” and in ASL its “boy who?”.  
Another myth is that every county has their own independent sign language such as, Italian Sign Language, Mexican Sign Language, Swedish Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, French Sign Language etc. Each language community has its own meaning that is understood within that specific language. For example, the English word “red” in ASL “RED” and in Mexican Sign Language (LSM) “ROJO” all mean the same thing but it understood to the specific language community.  This is just one example of how this language is used, however as any other language, ASL evolves and adds new terms and change. For instance comparing ASL and LSF, “HELP and AIDER used to be produced identically, but while ASL HELP has moved its location to the body’s center, LSF AIDER kept its location at the elbow” (page 116). This does not stop or limit its actual meaning of the word “help”, whats important is we’re still able to express thoughts, ideas, and feelings. 
Lastly, some other misconceptions I came across are when you marry a deaf person, you will have a deaf child, or hearing parents who have children who are deaf should know sign language, or Deaf people can not use the phone, or Deaf people depend on hearing aids, or Deaf people can not enjoy music. These myths are all