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In a message dated 10/7/2009 8:38:51 A.M. Pacific
Daylight Time, miranda_ijiyemi@ writes:
The other day I followed the sign language
translation in church and approached one lady that someone told me
is just slightly hard hearing and could lip read. So I ended up
speaking just clearly and using about 4 signs in total :-(
It feels scary and interrupting to enter another culture and I'm not
sure if Deaf will always appreciate it.
I guess it's similar to approaching Spanish-only speaking and trying
out the few Spanish words I know.
The lady encouraged me to sit close to the interpreter and also sign
during the songs, like they do.
I will learn some basic sentences like nice to meet you and the
like, and take a try next time.
What about lip reading? Is signing necessary when someone can read
lips, or should I just accompany the signing with talking?
It varies widely. Some Deaf people read lips very well. Others hardly at
all. My wife can read lips incredibly well. I'm "so so." With hearing
aids, a quiet room, no visual distractions, and a conversation partner that
is only a few feet away, I can read lips "very well" and catch 95% or more.
Start removing any piece from that puzzle and my ability to read lips goes
So, every Deaf conversation partner will be different. The more you
increase your signing ability, the greater range of partners you will be
able to chat with.
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