My 1st Experience

Ok so I have to share my geeky moment because it made me sooooo excited! I was at the library with my BFF and her two daughters looking for some DVDs and usually whenever I’m with them I practice my signing because they are all genuinely interested in learning with me. So as I was signing I noticed this man watching me and I just figured that he was wondering what the heck I was doing or saying, however, he looked at me and asked me, in ASL, if I was Deaf.

At that moment I felt like screaming out, “No, but please talk to me/sign with me!” because I was so elated but then that wouldn’t have been a good idea for 2 reasons: 1 He’s Deaf and wouldn’t have heard me and 2 I was in the library and probably would’ve gotten kicked out. So I kept my composure and was able to have a conversation with him. I’m glad that the ridiculous grin, that I must have had on my face, didn’t scare him away but was very excited about telling him about me learning ASL and my wanting to become an interpreter for the Deaf.

It was a very nice experience; yet another one that I called into existence because I did want to be able to communicate directly with a Deaf person and it happened! This is the first conversation I’ve had with an actual Deaf person after starting my ASL class and I can’t wait to be fully certified but do look forward to the learning experience of it all.

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5 thoughts on “My 1st Experience

  1. Oster's Mom says:

    What a great experience! How wonderful you must’ve felt communicated with someone in sign language. Awesome!

  2. I think it is wonderful that you had this experience. The best place for you to hone your skills is by attending a local deaf club and/or church on a regular basis. I have always found deaf communities to be very helpful and patient with ASL students. Please know, it is not enough to learn the language, it is very important that you understand Deaf
    Culture. Best wishes 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your advice. I look forward to delving into the Deaf Culture and learn as much as possible. Hopefully, I’ll get to make lots of friends from my experiences as well. 🙂

  3. seitad says:

    I have to say that one of the odd quirks of signing in a public place is the random people that, when you least expect it, happen to understand and approach you for a conversation.

    • Absolutely. I’m glad that we got to chat though because had he been in a conversation with someone else I would’ve respected his privacy (even though on the inside I’d be screaming, “Sign with me! Sign with me!” I know, I’m silly) Thanks for the comment 🙂

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