I have decided to accept a challenge to sign more on my YouTube channel by publicly sharing my sign language journey.
It’s very common to see people say “just read the subtitles/captions” when there are calls for sign language interpreters.
But is it really that simple? Spoiler alert: no. But it’s not complicated to understand it either.
If there is one thing that many newspaper do, is to grab attention at whatever the cost. Unfortunately, the ‘lip reading experts’ headline tends to attract a lot of attention. But at the same time, it damages the perception of what lip reading is.
As much as I love languages, I have mentioned previously about how I’m never learning oral languages again. But I’ve still got some stories to share about my experiences of learning them, like the one time I was learning French in high school.
Even though I managed to get through, it wasn’t without its unique challenges that comes with listening to other people speaking in French. And that became a problem during exam times.
As someone who loves languages and has learn to speak a few in various fluency levels, I have decided that I am never going to learn oral languages again. This is primarily because of the challenges of learning them as a deaf person.
It’s a huge shame that I fully agree with the concept of learning languages to everyone as it has opened my mind to many parts of the world, people and culture.
It’s the battle between sign language vs oral/spoken language; which one is better? Which one is more important? I outline what both sides have over the other and who will the battle of languages.
Both sides have their own strengths and weaknesses. But which will have the upper hand?
Because of a (yet another) resurgence of worrying sign language videos taught incorrectly, this is an important video for everyone to learn why you should learn sign language from deaf people.
This is especially important if you want to be as fluent, natural and authentic as possible when signing…which is something I imagine you would like to be. In this video, you will learn various reasons why it’s so important to learn sign language from deaf people.
It is easy to assume that deaf and hard of hearing patients have smooth experiences with their audiologists. But that is not always the case, as *some* audiologists and the audiology department as a whole are (ironically) not as deaf-aware as we wish.
From asking deaf patients to use the phone to talking to us when their backs are facing us, there are various little adjustments that can be made that will make audiologists’ job a lot easier and smoother, whilst making sure that the patients are happier and better looked after. In this episode, I list tips on the various adjustments that audiologist can make to better their relationships with us…the patients.
When having a conversation with another person, there are certain cues, clues and non-verbal communication methods that I watch out for to allow me to understand what’s going on better.
Even though there are many non-verbal communication methods that a deaf or hard of hearing person tends to use, I’d like to use this opportunity to tell you what I (subtly) look out for throughout a conversation with another person.