My name is Michelle MacNevin and I took my first ASL class with Marianne about 11 years ago! Since then I have gotten my associates in Deaf Studies, and went to UNHM for interpreting. I now teach ASL classes (www.teachmesignlanguage.com) just like Marianne. She is such a great teacher. Very enthusiastic, loves her job and cares about her students. She helps me out with my business as much as she can. She is my mentor and a great friend. Thanks Marianne!
I started taking beginner sign language with Marianne about nine months ago. I was introduced to the class by the mother of the boy I am a PCA for who joined the class herself to be better communicate with her son. I love the class so much that I keep coming back! What is so wonderful about the way her classes are run is the fact that every session is different. Even though I have been in the beginner class for the past nine months, every class I am learning new things. I have Marianne to thank for the way I am better able to communicate with my buddy Mark as well as with the students in my classroom.
:) Shannon Lynch
I have been a student in Marianne's class for about 3 1/2 years. I spent 3 years in a class learning what I thought was ASL when in fact it was signed english. A friend told me about Marianne's class. She is such an awesome teacher. I have learned so much from her about Deaf culture and by going to her Deaf socials and she makes it very interesting and fun. I have also had the pleasure of meeting her friend Steffy who is Deaf/blind and am able to communicate fairly well with her. I love the class so much I keep coming back. I would highly recommend Marianne's class to anyone wanting to learn this beautiful language.
I have been a student of Marianne's for about 7 months. I love, love, love this class. I can't begin to tell you how much I have learned about deaf culture. Her class is not only educational but also a lot of fun! I'm an elementary teacher and I really wanted to begin to understand about the deaf culture in the event I had a child with a hearing impairment in my class. I've been able to bring my lessons with Marianne into the classroom and have shared not only deaf culture but signs I've learned in class. The children love learning signs and I believe have developed a better understanding of the deaf culture. I highly recommend this class! Thanks Marianne!
We have known Marianne for about 2 1/2 years. We have a deaf daughter and we felt like we were falling behind on our signs, so we started looking for a class. Our family has taken many sign classes in the past, but I must admit that we always felt that we didn't really learn correctly and that we didn't really understand deaf culture and the deaf community. When we first started Marianne's class we were surprised about what we didn't know .After taken Marianne's class now for almost 2 1/2 years , it is like many lightbulbs going off. We are truely understanding it now. We still have so much to learn, like any language, it changes and words get added daily. Our family has been blessed and we feel like an angel above has guided us to such an amazing person. Marianne has changed our lives so much and I bet she doesn't even realize she has. Marianne you are an amazing, incrediable, fantastic person and you deserve so much credit for the many countless hours you work to help the deaf community. From volunteering, teaching classes and putting on events that get the deaf together. If you ever get the opportuntity to attend one of Marianne's classes, we would highly recommend it. Thank you Marianne for helping our family in more ways than one. We are so lucky to have you in our life. Keep up the wonderful work. We love you. The Delp Family
I have been taking ASL classes with Marianne for over 4 years. When I first signed up, I expected to learn the manual alphabet. Little did I know how much more there is to understanding the ASL language. People will ask - why do you study ASL, and I jokingly tell them that someday I may be in trouble, and a Deaf person may be the one to try to help me. Emergency Responders, Fire, Police, EMT’s, Paramedics and anyone in the medical profession would benefit from the classes. The South Shore Hospital encourages their employees and volunteers to attend the classes. Volunteer members of the Medical Reserve Corps also attend the classes.
I have had occasions where my limited ASL knowledge has been a benefit, in communicating with Deaf people, and with non verbal children. The classes are always interesting, educational and fun. I have never had a repeated class lesson while attending over 100 classes.
I would recommend the classes to anyone. School systems now accept it as a foreign language. High schools accept Marianne’s classes, and Marianne works closely with their students.
M. Molinari "So you know your color-word signs? Can you have a conversation about colors?" Bam!!! I first took a class with Marianne as a professional development requirement about 3 years ago. I was so impressed I decided to continue with her classes locally. I cannot say enough about Marianne and her ability to teach "globally" about ASL. There is so much more to ASL than "the sign for....". I have been fortunate to have a spot in her classes, and am grateful that i can now converse with the many deaf friends and folks I have met. Working in an environment where there are deaf adults and deaf kids, as well as non-verbal students, I feel I can be helpful and participatory in the education of the students. That is a blessing to me! Thanks Marianne for doing what you do, and doing it so well. :)
I wouldn't even know where to begin to tell people the impact Marianne Molinari has had on our lives. Both our daughters are hard of hearing and have been learning ASL with Marianne for 3 years. I too have been a student for 3 years. Not only has she inspired my girls to be proud of who they are...but she's also helped others to accept and even admire them. How can words of thanks ever be enough for that?
Her class is filled with deaf culture, lots of vocab and grammar, a chance to practice with peers.....all being done with a sense of humor while at the same time, a sincere respect for people who are hard of hearing and Deaf.
Marianne- I've always told you that you were an angel sent to the Merrick Family and for that I will forever be grateful.
We love you.
I have been taking ASL classes with Marianne for almost 2 years. She is a great teacher and knows her ASL! I teach karate to special needs children and found that it would help to take some type of sign language class. When I learn a new sign from a special needs child, I ask Marianne what this means. She explained that children use different signs than adults. I didn’t know there was a difference. It has been a great experience to learn from Marianne. She has helped me navigate through my lessons. I learn so much from her.
She is enthusiastic - her classes are exciting and I look forward to going every week. I always learn something new. If anyone is interested in learning sign language, I recommend Marianne highly.
I started taking ASL with Marianne years ago when my daughter was diagnosed Hard of Hearing. I learned the basics for her wants and needs. I've been back with Marianne since late spring 2010 and Marianne is still amazing! Week after week I learn so much about the DEAF culture and new vocabulary. She has helped me tremendously in my new teaching role as Special Education teacher of a DEAF and Hard of Hearing classroom.
Marianne you're the BEST!
Several years ago, I read a newspaper article about Marianne's ASL classes and knew they were perfect for me. I am Hard of Hearing and have been for my entire life. I wear hearing aids for a severe hearing loss.
Marianne's classes provide an appreciation and respect for Deaf culture and allow for so much ASL practice. The learning environment is relaxed and inviting. After each class, I leave knowing dozens of new signs and important cultural information.
Learning ASL will help me better communicate during my lifetime. Also, as a mainstream classroom teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, I am grateful for this knowledge and can better meet the needs of my students.
Marianne, thank you for all you do...your classes are amazing!
As my fifth year with Marianne rolls around, I can truthfully say that I continue to learn something new each, and every class I attend. My mother and I refer to Marianne as my "guardian angel." She is my motivation, and the reason I knew sophomore year of high school what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now as a junior in the American Sign Language to English Interpreting Program at Northeastern University, I can say with absolute certainty that this is the career for me. Marianne has supported me the entire process, and I will always be grateful to her. I know my sister and mother, who also attend classes, can agree that she is a phenomenal teacher, and an extraordinary person.
Marianne I know I tell you all the time, but I absolutely adore you, and I hope that I can achieve all that you have. You are truly amazing, thank you for all you've done. We love you!
A year and 1/2 ago we adopted a beautiful 3 year old from China, who is profoundly deaf. In preparation for this adoption we began taking ASL with Marianne years before our daughter came home. Through these classes our family has been able to develop a confidence in using this beautiful language with our daughter, continuing to grow our skills - making communication with her , which was impossible a year ago, truly amazing now!! Our family owes these classes and Marianne a debt of gratitude .. oH and they are fun too!!!
Back in 2006, I attended my 1st ASL class with Marianne along with my oldest daughter Nicolette who was then a sophmore in High School. I initially became interested in sign language when I saw two men signing to each other sitting in a restaurant. I asked my daughter if she'd like to take "some" sign language classes with me after seeing the advertisement in the local paper for classes in Bridgewater.
Since day one, I've enjoyed each and every class with Marianne, and can honestly say, for me, I always leave knowing something new, whether it be a new sign or Deaf Culture information.
Marianne is one of the most likeable people I know. I do believe it's because she honestly loves what she does and want s to share what she knows with all of her students. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in learning ASL, to definitely sign up with Marianne, whether you sign up for 1 session or years of sessions like me, you will benefit from her knowledge of this diverse language. I will let you know, because of Marianne, Nicolette's major at Northeastern University is ASL, she will be starting her 3rd year in September 2011, and my youngest daughter, Brittany is currently taking the ASL classes with me. The Hagmans love Marianne and thank her for all that she does.
The best part about Marianne's class is how devoted she is to Deaf culture and their language. I took ASL classes elsewhere for about 7 months and in just about half that time with Marianne I have learned twice as much about who Deaf really are and how much more there is to their language. She truly has a passion for the Deaf community and through her teaching instills it in her students. She keeps us posted on what is happening now in the Deaf community while explaining to us what it means to the Deaf. Thank you marianne for not just teaching me sings to build my vocabulary, but giving insight to Deaf culture and the vastness of their language.
Initially I had taken ASL to satisfy a foreign language requirement to graduate college. I took up ASL because I wanted to do something different, not just take one of the romance languages which I found to be very boring. From the first class I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for. I began the classes 2 years ago simply hoping to graduate college; now, because of Marianne, I wish to further my knowledge and credentials in Deaf studies and hope to become an interpreter. I absolutely love Marianne and could not have done anything that I have done without her help and support. Thank you Marianne!!!
I met Marianne when I was 5 years old, and my father lost his hearing due to Auto Immune Inner Ear Disease. She got my entire family into one of her classes that very night. Then, my father got hearing aids, could hear again, and we stopped going.
A year and a month ago, I was going through a rough part of my life. I was losing my socialness and my happiness, and I could tell it was starting to worry my parents. I mentioned in passing thinking about joining ASL class again. That was probably one of my best decisions I've made in a long time.
Marianne and this class helped turn my whole attitude around. I went back to my sarcastic, happy self that everyone knew me as. I got a goal in life that I could keep working towards, and it makes me proud every day when Marianne says I'm getting that much closer to it.
I'm going to have that seat reserved in Bridgewater for a long, long time.
I am a student at Oklahoma City University and I started taking ASL in High School when I was a sophomore. I knew the first day of class with Marianne that it would change my life forever! I also thought I knew what ASL was until her class well I realized I had been mislead. Marianne is an incredible teacher and a true advocate for someone who loves their job! Since her amazing class I have taught mentally challenged adults American Sign Language, and have helped more people realize how important and beautiful this language is. I also got my language passed in High school so I didnt have to take french or spanish! I am pleased to say that none of this would have happened if it wasnt for Marianne! Also I learn something new in her class everytime I take it!!!! She is the best of the best!
I started taking American Sign Language with Marianne while working at South Shore Hospital. She is a true advocate for the rights of the deaf as well as an ever patient teacher of ASL. Her classes are fun, she makes learning a pleasure. I highly recommend them.
Marianne is an awesome teacher! She always makes everyone feel welcome in her class and you can feel comfortable asking questions. She is very knowledgable and funny! I started taking her beginning class with the intent of only doing one session. I have been a student for over a year now and am still surprised by how much new knowledge I receive every week! I wish every teacher were like her!
I just finished her class Thursday at Reads. I have already signed up for the next class. She makes it so much fun its not just sit and sign.
I learn a lot in this class. I have fun and most of all, Marianne is a great teacher! I highly recommend joining one of her classes if you think you'd like to learn sign language.
My name is Joanne Lowe and I just completed my first 6 week session with Marianne. I must say, I've taken other ASL classes in the past 8 years not many but a few and I have learned more about the deaf community, deaf culture and ASL than before. I think it's the way Marianne teaches. She's passionate about ASL and wants us to know how important it is to at least try to communicate with the deaf and let them know we do care. My 9 year old niece was born deaf and it makes me very happy to know there are people like Marianne that help bring me into her world. I will continue to take her classes as long as I am able. I want to thank her for her patience and commitment.
I have taken two sessions of ASL with Marianne and will keep coming back for more. She is a wonderful teacher, full of energy and sincerity. Marianne goes out of her way for her students and is a valuable asset to the community. I have learned so much from her and look forward to future classes.
I have taken the beginner class continuously for over a year and the voice off class occasionally. The class is always different so you can be a part of it long term. Marianne loves ASL and teaching so you can't help but be swept up by her. This class has heightened my awareness of a population that I am not involved with on a daily basis. It has also greatly enhanced my ability to communicate with my deaf friend and business partner.
"fine wiggle!" You'll learn about this wonderful compliment in the class.
It's inspiring to be witness to someone in their element -- ASL teacher and deaf community ambassador.
I've only taken two sessions of beginner ASL classes but with Marianne, I've learned SO much that I can't wait for more. As a 25 year veteran public school teacher, I can say with conviction that she is an AMAZING educator. Thank you, Marianne for YOU!
As a special education teacher with a substantially separate classroom and a therapeutic riding instructor, I have found what I am learning in Marianne Molinari's ASL classes very helpful. Using what I have learned to help students in both my classroom, and during therapeutic riding to help students communicate what they want/need has proven invaluable to decreasing unexpected behaviors while increasing meaningful communication. Many students struggle with verbal output, and their ears work, so signing can be a meaningful way for the student to communicate. Signing has opened the door to more than one riding student initiating communication with another person for the first time.
I have been taking ASL class with Marianne for about 6 years now, on and off. I appreciate learning about Deaf Culture, the awareness of differences in signs from country to country, state to state, and even generation to generation. Marianne is always asking if we need any signs, which I appreciate to help me with my students who struggle with communication, and their ears work. I plan to continue with Marianne's classes, and increase my learning for many years to come. Thank you Marianne for your efforts to help me have more tools in my tool box as an educator.
Thank you for helping us to sharpen our ASL skills!! You are truely an asset to both the deaf & hearing poulations. I look forward to your class every week. I truely ALWAYS learn something different, every time I am in your class. THANK YOU!!!!
I have been enrolled in Marianne's ASL class for 5 weeks now and am loving it. My New Year's Resolution was to learn a new language, and thought ASL would be perfect since I am a teacher. Her class is practical, requires students to take risks, provides thorough instruction, provides lots of practice with other students and builds knowledge about deaf culture. I will certainly be signing up for her next session. Thank you so much for everything (thus far!) Marianne!
I just finished the ASL class with some learning disabled kids. What a wonderful experience for all of us! The kids can't wait to take another class. It opened my eyes to deaf culture, but also opened a world of communication for our non-verbal, yet hearing population. There was never a class that went by too slowly, and never a class where we didn't laugh! She is just wonderful. We will certainly continue classes. Thank you.
I just finished my first ASL class, and I am already in love with the language. I owe my love of ASL to Marianne and her teaching style. She never gives homework (yay!) and there is no pressure- I can go at my own pace, and retain what I can. The class as a whole really feels like a family, and whenever I look like I'm struggling, there's always someone there to help me...and I usually need some help in advanced! I'm so grateful that I found this class, and I look forward to the next session!
About a year ago I started searching for ASL classes to update my signing skills. There did not seem to be many options unless I wanted to go into Boston or Cambridge. In March I saw an advertisement for ASL class in Middleboro and decided I would try it out. This is where I met Marianne and experience a whole new level of learning ASL. I soon discovered that this was not only a class teaching ASL signing skills but also teaching deaf culture, deaf history and building confidence for all the students in class. The signing skill levels of the students vary considerably in each class but everyone supports and helps one another.
Since April I have taken classes in Middleboro, Weymouth, Hanover and Bridgewater. I have taken beginner, intermediate and advanced classes and I have yet to take any single class where I have not learned something new.
I highly recommend any of these classes for anyone who wants to learn true ASL and deaf culture and to fully understand and be immersed in deaf society.
My name is Annette. I was petrified when I was first told I will, eventually, be totally deaf. My world became large and scary. How would I function in my community, with my family, friends and my job? How will I learn anything new or make improvements in my life if I can’t hear? A friend told me about Marianne Molinari’s classes. I, somehow, found the courage to sign up for ASL classes but never expected to step into a world so accepting and understanding. This class consists of hearing, speaking hard of hearing and deaf students. They are engineers, professors, teachers, students, artists, grandmothers, teenagers, children, every one of them supporting each other and I’m grateful to be a part of it. I felt I was an important team player right at the gate and Marianne’s enlightening personality makes learning fun and easy. Thank you Marianne for teaching me to express myself as you lead us in learning this beautiful “language with expression”. The world is not so scary and I am not afraid. I love it.
Have you ever felt the magic of a mere interest blossoming into a passion? A potential hobby turning into a dream? That's what Marianne does. She makes every lesson fun, accessible and interesting to everyone. Her study clues are priceless, as well as her humor. She is sweet, hunble, and passionate. Her work in the deaf community is awe inspiring, especially the FREE deaf events she throws which offer great exposure, fun and an amazing learning environment. You will never, ever find a more passionate and caring teacher than marianne. Her classes are well worth the time and cost, and will most likely spark something in you that makes you want to fully immerse yourself in the world of ASL and deaf culture. You will learn interesting history, culture and more along with the language and you will be shocked at how abstract and deep simple things can be. Honestly I think in a completely different way now then a little over a year ago. More conceptually, more abstractly, and more inquistively. If yoy are like me a year ago, searching through the site, deciding whether to spend the money or leave your comfort zone, or try a new thing: please do it. You will meet truly amazing people and fall completely in love with these classes
My name is Kayla Keany and I currently work at South Shore Hospital in OB/GYN and decided to take up American Sign Language with Marianne. I have been in the class for a couple months now and I have no past experience before taking this class. The first day I learned so much and WAS NOT overwhelmed. Marianne makes sure each and every student understands what she is teaching. Marianne is a true advocate for the rights of the deaf as well as an ever patient teacher of ASL. Her classes are fun, she makes learning a pleasure and I always get excited for the next class. I would highly recommend taking classes with her!
Wow,!...What an informative and spectacular class,!.... I am so glad to have joined this particular ASL class. Marianne goes above and beyond focusing on all areas of deaf culture and ASL methods. I am so impressed,!...i didn't expect to get so much for my money. I wouldn't ask for a better teacher for ASL...and I plan on taking as many classes as i can with her. I would HIGHLY recommend any class mrs. Molinari teaches. I have complete faith in her methods of educating those in ASL. If I could rate the class I'd give it 5 stars!....very impressed and happy pupil,
As a mom i can't think of a better gift to give our kids then effective communication. Marianne has given my family just that! My 6 year old daughter is hard of hearing(Wears hearing aids) and her most effective way of expressive communication is through ASL. She learns so much at school that the rest of us want to keep up with her and we are able to do this through this class! We have learned that ASL is not just signs, it's culture, understanding, respect, experience and your signing skills are about quality not quantity! There is no homework and it's a very relaxed environment. I've gone alone and I've brought my whole family. When you have a teacher of ASL approved by the deaf community you know your are being taught well! Deaf means CAN!
Thank you Marianne
This class is a gift I give to myself......my mind and heart have been enriched thanks to you Mariannne.
TWO THUMBS UP.
Marianne is a extraordinarily talented ASL teacher. And I've had many ASL teachers over the years -- at Deaf Inc, BU, Boston Adult Ed, RI School for the Deaf, and elsewhere. I'm hard of hearing & ASL does not exactly come easily to me (actually, I stink). But, I do love the language & Marianne is so encouraging, enthusiastic, and sensitive to students like me. I feel truly blessed to have found her class.