Stuff Uncle Dale Always Says, Explained:
Don’t be so easily impressed, I picked this video.
I have used this video to teach this principle for over 14 years. So, if I sound good interpreting it from ASL to Spoken Hearing, hint, I’ve seen it before…
However, that doesn’t mean I’m perfect. Back in the mid-1990s I helped collect videos of native Deaf ASL users telling stories and jokes for an ASL preservation library. I use some of the videos I collected in my classes to this day.
One of the stories is a man telling the Deaf King Kong joke. Remember I filmed this man telling this joke myself. I saw it live while it was recorded and have watched and used the video literally hundreds of times over the years since the day I collected it.
In 2017 a student in ASL to Spoken English suddenly said that the woman Deaf King Kong took up the building with him was named Jennifer. I dinged her for an addition error. She challenged me and… HOLY COW she was right! King Kong does say her name is Jennifer!
Not once, from the day I collected the video to that day, despite literally hundreds of viewings, had I ever noticed that detail. “A” for the day for that student!
Need a Wingnut Spanner? Ask the interpreter. Chances are they have one in their bag.
Will only a Left-Handed Wingnut Spanner do? Hold on for a minute, that’s in their car.
VRS INTERPRETERS: Don’t you hate it when, mid-shift, your butt falls asleep? Because you know it will be up all night.
If you are willing to work between 1:00am and 6:00am anytime you are called, you will always have work.
Dear ASL to Spoken-English Students:
Don’t be so easily impressed:
I’ve taught this principle for thirteen years; and,
I picked the video!
Filling out paperwork at 2:23 AM in the emergency room:
Nurse: I’m sorry you have to work so late.
Uncle Dale: (Realizing how both common and odd that is to say) I’m sorry you have to work so late.
Nurse: Well, you know, it’s my job.
UD: Funny you should mention that, it’s mine too.
We both stared at each other for a moment or two and both of us burst out laughing. I have no idea why either one of us thought that was so funny but at 2:30 in the morning it really was!
When a storyteller tells you, “oh don’t worry, I’m telling the same story that you interpreted for last time, remember!
It’s never the same story.
Thank you Timpfest and the Deseret News.
years ago I was interviewed by The Today Show. A very wise attorney told me, “prepare your talking points before you start. Never rely on the interviewer to give them to you.”
“The Media never prints what you mean, only what you say.”
“No matter how much you enjoy the story (article) someone somewhere will be offended by it.”
With those bits of wisdom in mind:
1. My wife is way ahead of you in pointing out that the article is kinda “The Uncle Dale Show!” It makes me laugh that they found the video of my Biggest Liar win and linked it (that is Chip interpreting);
2. They wanted to do an article about the interpreters, I suggested they interview a person who is Deaf for a cultural perspective (love Kristi!! She is fantastic!) and they still quoted me on Deaf culture (the quote is actually something I told the writer as an idea of the kinds of things to ask Kristi! Oh well);
3) That last paragraph? I was specifically discussing storytellers who use colloquial language (Read it again with that caveat in mind); and,
4) It’s a fun article, it won’t change the world but it may make it more fun.
In the end. I needed a little fun right now. Hope it makes you smile too.
Uncle Dale’s Pro Tip:
Referral Agencies tend to favor interpreters who answer the phone at 2 AM with a sunny disposition.