American Sign Language Music Videos


Sign language is pretty impressive.(New Zealand. American) It is fascinating to watch, and it is a great language for both deaf and hearing folk. As a fun exercise a few years ago Stephen Torrence, known as Captain Valor on Youtube, translated catchy pop songs and danced! Danced!

Whatever your feelings toward Cyrus, or Jay Z, or Brittany, or Beyonce you can agree that this Stephen is mad skilled and this video is so much fun! His facial expressions are brilliant and useful.

What really takes these videos above and beyond are the two subtitle tracks. One is the song lyrics. The other, credited to Bill Creswell in some videos, are the literal translations for the signs. It really brings sign language across as a language conveying meaning because you can follow along at home. Whoever though off adding the subtitles deserves an award!

There are quite a few videos Stephen and crew have done. They even do Still Alive from Portal! There is at least one short interview with Stephen on How Stuff Works.

What do you think of these videos? Or the fact that we are like three years late to the party?

P.S. it seems he has a blog – we might talk about it later too.


5 thoughts on “American Sign Language Music Videos

  1. Lol he seems like the new “Hot Todd” from EQC or whatever (was that his name?)
    I took NZSL classes and I actually found expressions the hardest part. They’re literally part of the language itself – where your eyebrows are can totally change the meaning of what you’re saying. Because expression is usually pretty subconscious or whatever, I found it really unnatural and hard (not to mention embarrassing – but fun!).

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  3. I did lessons at uni in a class once a week for 6 weeks. It was a beginner course of which I remember almost nothing. The tutor was crazy good (profoundly deaf, fluent in 3 languages and great at getting everyone involved and thinking about what being deaf actually means in practical situations). I never really got far enough to use it, (maybe after the course ended I could say “I don’t understand NZ Sign Language” or something) I had pre-enrolled in the following class but then the earthquake happened…
    Just saw the “Womanizer” video clip by Captain Valor. Oh wow.

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