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Posted on Jul 13, 2009 at 08:20 PM

I may of mistitled this blog from some peoples point of view, but since I am slowly moving from the hearing world in to the deaf world, I titled it this way. I have been like this since I was 8 yrs old, so pretty much my whole life. But as I get older and things that didn't bother me before now do, and the majority of things I can't hear or hear too much of. So I am looking into taking ASL sometime soon to start my new path. I know one day that I will be deaf and a new world will open to me. But until then, I feel like I am limbo, half in the hearing world and half in the deaf world, a child of both. As this is my life I choose to learn about both. I have lived my life as a hearing person all my life, now I enter the deaf realm. I was curious early on and almost went to college to learn how to teach in the deaf environment. But I went another path and have circled around. I know my life leads this path so, I must grab it and have as much fun and love as I can! So I ask, have anyone else gone through this journey? What do I need to look out for? What do I need to embrace?

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Posted on Oct 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I would like to make friends and go for a date

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Posted on Apr 16, 2010 at 08:35 PM

great! owen u cool fun chating loves deafs a friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted on Mar 22, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Just dont drink too much while you learning sign languages in bar cuz you will not remember the signs lolz from what i see you holding the beer. I ve met some people like you, actually i met one lady at a bar last week on st paddy day. She lost her hearing 3 years ago, and i m the first deaf person she have met! Can you believe that?! wow but she can sign a lil cuz guess she learn from handbook or something. She was very happy that she met several of us my friends who I was with is also deaf and she wanna to hang out n learn more so I agree with Godkid86. Just go to deafchat night or take classes but I know i have heard about classes been cancelled cuz of no budget. Best thing you can do is find some deafies n hang out to learn signs lil by lil. Wish you best on your journey n god bless you!


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Posted on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:44 AM

Hey, from what I know about the deaf community they are very willing to be a friend to all. They are people, just as we are people. The only difference is in communication. The barrier you face is in language alone, you share the same confusion as someone hearing would if they were to move to Germany or somewhere where they knew nothing of the language or culture. If you are deaf or HOH, I implore you, embrace that community! It is so beautiful, and communication is so essential to a healthy long life! Be encouraged and start finding some deaf mixers, clubs, or church events and get to know a community of people that will embrace you. ASL only users will try to adjust to PSE, just as you may adjust to learn ASL better! : ) Basically, go for it!


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Posted on Dec 11, 2009 at 08:31 PM

I am hard of hearing. I grew up in Deaf Education in Texas. I knew deaf language (ASL) so fluent that If I would have met a deaf girl or guy. I would have kept the language alive. I lost almost 1/2 of it. I am slowly regaining it back. Its going to take time. I have two deaf friends who are patient with me to help me relearn signs to use in communication with other deaf people. Its going to take awhile for me to learn this over again. i know its disappointing to know that you can go to a store find any language but ASL. It upsets me that you cannot find a manual showing signs to help build the language like it has intended to be.

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Posted on Dec 11, 2009 at 08:30 PM

I am hard of hearing. I grew up in Deaf Education in Rockdale, Texas. I knew deaf language (ASL) so fluent that If I would have met a deaf girl or guy. I would have kept the language alive. I lost almost 1/2 of it. I am slowly regaining it back. Its going to take time. I have two deaf friends who are patient with me to help me relearn signs to use in communication with other deaf people. Its going to take awhile for me to learn this over again. i know its disappointing to know that you can go to a store find any language but ASL. It upsets me that you cannot find a manual showing signs to help build the language like it has intended to be.

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Posted on Oct 24, 2009 at 02:09 PM

Best to have the sign language lessons and learn to read peoples' lips movement, there are alot of misunderstood by reading lips from what I understand it can be confused with the word they say that looks just like similar to and also the sounds can throw off with it sounds alike, we just ask them to repeat it. There are some people don't have patience for us to have conversation also they would feel comfortable by writing on notepads. I didn't learned many sign languages until I was 19 yrs. old and was being forced by a strict teacher to take a English sign language in order to graduate high school for the final year which I didn't wanted to take or she would flunk me which was pretty cruel of her and it's wrong of her to force me which I love taking regular classes to mainstream with hearing world I didn't had any problem at all with NO interpreters! I grew up to mainstream in regular schools. Hearing aids and earmolds really do comfort me to hear better except I understand some of us would loose hearing completely when we grow old and it would stop right away unexpect.

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Posted on Sep 01, 2009 at 02:53 PM

I started out with a moderate to severe hearing loss that began when I was about 3 years old. I was raised strictly oral by a family that doesn't know any sign and doesn't want to know any. I am now nearly completely deaf and struggling more than ever to fit into the hearing culture my parents insisted on. I am not getting the emotional and social support¿¿I need while I am going through a major loss. I need to transition to the deaf culture but am very nervous about doing so. Their culture seems alien to me and I don't feel like I "fit in". It seems to me their language makes them think differently from the way I do, because I think in English. Does that make sense to anyone but me?

¿I need to learn ASL too. I do know some sign, I'm not completely ignorant, but it is more pidgin English than ASL.¿I do need to work on my fluency in either case.¿How important does the deaf community consider it to be, for me to learn ASL as opposed to pidgin English?

Any thoughts?

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Posted on Aug 23, 2009 at 06:36 PM

Just to share some thoughts. Most hearing people assumed I'm a hearing person, but I am not. I was born very profound deaf, and forced to be into hearing world like hearing people normally do. And was raised very strict with no sign language at all in my family. Once I got into university, I was very exposed with deaf culture and new language (ASL). It was easy for awhile because I hang out with deaf people who were orally raised as well, and picking up sign languages at the same time. It was a great experience like this because we took our time to learn about deaf culture and sign language. I got my first closed captioned back in 1980's. I was thrilled to have it because I get to read words on TV. Later, I've learned about deaf technologies like TTY, lights, dog for the deaf, etc. Those things cost a lot of money! I wondered why we, deaf people, purchase all those things when we need those to guide our ears into our eyes to see the world that helps. It was hard, but just take your time. Socialize with deaf/ hard of hearing people help out a lot. Look into deaf communities as such as outings, bars, picnic, potlocks, many of among. It helps out a lot and learn about deaf community as well. Churches and deaf schools do provide free classes for sign language classes too. Look into the computer-internet, they do have sign language videoes to learn to. I hope that helps....

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Posted on Jul 17, 2009 at 02:29 PM

this is a test, i already wrote two posts, both dissapeared...


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Posted on Jul 17, 2009 at 02:28 PM

little busy asl, but will pick up it sometime...that also does not sound comforting..


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Posted on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Mom,

thank you for your comments.¿ good to hear that you are working on it.¿ video phone. wow, so sign language can take place.¿ I myself have a light system, wireless system for the tv and radio and of course two hearing devices with a smart link. handy device for all around wireless hearing.¿

how long have you been busy taking lessons?¿ and how do they anticipate mastering the language?¿ 4 or 5 years?¿ Because learning a foreign takes about that long and then someone is still not fluent, not like a "native speaker".¿¿ I suppose native speakers in the ASL world do exist.¿ Like they must be using ASL since childhood..

excuse my grammer, i prefer nice and neat writing.¿ but this will have to do.¿

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Posted on Jul 15, 2009 at 07:54 PM

so I started looking around my area for that ASL class and so far haven't found much because of the bad economy right now. Lots of classes have been canceled or outright removed and I know I learn better when practicing with others. Learning on the computer will not do for me. Oh well, the journey continues :)

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Posted on Jul 15, 2009 at 01:56 PM

I am experiencing the same as you. Just going deaf. However, it has stabilized over the years. For three months, I was completely deaf and reagained some of my hearing...can you imagine walking into a store and having to point out the objects with your index finger, only because you cannot give an answer if the store personel asks a question? Man, take those lessons...i am slowly convincing myself as well...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2009 at 01:55 PM

Questions, questions to which we all need answers. Experience will lead you to the path you choose. My answer does not sound comforting. I am experiencing the same as you. Just going deaf. However, it has stabilized over the years. For three months, I was completely deaf and reagained some of my hearing...can you imagine walking into a store and having to point out the objects with your index finger, only because you cannot give an answer if the store personel asks a question? Man, take those lessons...i am slowly convincing myself as well...

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Posted on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:39 PM

I too am going deaf, but I am working on learning ASL now & not later. I have been woking on this for years. Now I have a couple of deaf ppl who r helping me with this. I now have VP, (video phone) You should be working on learning ASL NOW insted of later.

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