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How To Read Lips! [CC]

No wait, actually the most important thing Don’t ever lick your lips while you are lipreading and staring at someone else’s lips They will thing you are just coming onto them Alternatively though, if your crush isn’t getting that you like them Let them know you are not lipreading, this is actually an attempt to flirt Good luck in your lipreading journey! And remember, you don’t have to give in to those assholes who attempt to make you read their lips from across the room. Your problems with communication are not the subject for someone else’s humour So please, do feel free to be as self deprecating as you like Largely lipreading is sort of a super power and we wouldn’t want you to get a big head Goodbye my lovelies, I shall see you for the third video in this series in two days time

100 Replies to “How To Read Lips! [CC]”

  • Hello Jessica! I don't think you've had time yet to visit the special books by special kids YouTube channel. I'm going to put this on your Facebook page as well. The girl that was on the most recent episode now has her own YouTube channel. It's called Peyton's world. I hope that you subscribe to it! Cheers!

  • Being one of the hearing. This.. vid helps me see. Still not sure when I came across your vids. but all of your videos have been interesting, and informative. I'd say I came on them as a friend of a few people with one or more disabilities. at least one with 3 issues causing the immune system to try and hate the body occasionally. But I've stayed because of your life you've chosen to share with us in vids

    below isn't a comparison. just a long comment

    While I can't claim any reason for lip reading. i can confirm that relaxation helped back when I was in a choir at my old church. One of the holiday services we went to sing at, the church didn't give songs to the choir to sing along with the congregation when we weren't singing our own. I found myself relaxed into the tempo, and wound up singing songs by matching singing voices to lips so I could get the wording right. some of them were songs I'd never read or sang before.

    Haven't been able to duplicate that before or since.

  • Great editing! Thanks for the video.

    One unrelated question: spelling "gist" as "jist" is a british thing? I can't remember if I've seen that before.

  • that would probably drive me crazy.. then i wonder is it how hearing people hear me anyway cause i don't articulate a lot ? just like "blahblahblah books blablablah tonight blablablah"

  • I actually started learning to lip read in highschool because I thought it would be cool to learn. I am not super good and I need more practice, but it has really come in handy as I have gotten older. Knowing the topic really does make a difference. Also it is nice to know that other people get tired too and that it isn't just my fatigue. I'll have to try out some of these pointers. Thank you.

  • Though I've never had to rely on lip reading, this is really useful information. Sometimes I'll have people mouth things to me and no matter how many times I try I can't seem to pick it up.

  • I lip read almost as much as I hear. When I can’t understand a word someone’s saying, I ask them to spell it (and watch their mouth). I’ve only recently become comfortable with asking people to repeat and/or spell what they’re saying, and I’m still working on being able to ask people to remove their hand when they cover their mouths as they speak [this is especially prevalent at dinner tables].
    Lip reading is so helpful to me, I’ve started keeping my partner’s mustache trimmed so that I can see his lips when he speaks. I’ve also begun teaching him basic ASL so we can communicate in loud environments.

  • Seriously, I've got to say you're a bit of a pro at this! when we hung out I didnt even know you were hard of hearing and lip reading until you told me! Great video, see you soon x

  • sometimes I wonder if I have any hearing disability, because I'm always asking for people to repeat what they just said.

    Question: Is it possible that my hair is messing with my hearing? I have natural curly hair which makes a few inches curtain in front of my ears, so could it be that it's making it harder for me to hear?

  • I sooo wished I could read lips when watching the Royal Wedding! Then I would know what Prince Harry and Prince William and the Bride were telling each other. Anyway, thank you very much for the video, it was really educational and inspiring!

  • I love the way you annunciate/pronounce your words! Watching and hearing speak is very soothing. AMSR video in the future maybe?

  • i like watching your videos, they always cheer me up whenever i feel bad about myself b/c of my disabilities. Better than my prozac. thank you.

  • I've relied on reading lips since I was a child and finally decided to get a free hearing test at boots. It turns out that I have mild premature hearing loss (and child-sized ears).

  • When I first realized the beginning of the video was formed for lip reading so my nerves overtook my ability to read lips. When I watched it a second time, I could read her lips just find. It's a very difficult thing to do but the only way to get better is to continue doing it.

  • It sounds like my grasp of Spanish… as long as I have the context, have few distractions, and am listening to someone I know or someone from the area I'm used to hearing… I get about half of the conversation. If the above aren't there, I get next to nothing.

  • And here I was going to ask you to lip rid the Royal Wedding! Lol's. GREAT video, and YES, much, much, more difficult that I thought but super job at explaining and THEN teaching. Sadly, more than not, it's usually the other way around and for someone with neurological issues and cognitive difficulties, it just makes it that much harder to follow along and then you feel defeated even though, you know intellectually it is not you! Smh….

  • I've just stumbled across this lovely lady and her videos, and I'm glad I have.. I'm very HoH, and I'm in ASL 3. I went to a few different Deaf events, and one of them had a mix of hearing and Deaf, and at one point, the Deaf put on a video for the hearing to try to see what they could lipread. It was sort of interesting to me, because I could understand about as much as the Deaf could, and I guess I realized I unintentionally lipread people *a lot*.

    On a different note, the similarities between BSL and ASL are quite interesting, for instance the days of the week! We basically initialize the days (aside from Sunday), whereas it seems BSL has actual signs for each day? Ah this is fascinating and I love this. <3

  • I love this so much! I feel like lip reading is very similar to Mad Libs and I have explained as much to my friends and family. Excellent video.

  • Do you find it easier to read lips when the person you are talking to is wearing lipstick? (So sorry if you have been asked this before! I do not mean to waste your time.)

  • Oh, this is so me! I have autism, sensory processing and a weird brain problem which means some days all my brain will recognise as sounds will be fart noises. Doesn't matter if there's a person talking, my brain might think they're just making fart noises. Or bird tweets. Or nothing at all. So this really helps, and it makes me feel better about being so tired of listening to people and all that jazz! love you Jessica! (we're like secret twins: British, Hard of Hearing, lady-loving, name-sharing badasses!)

  • I still read peoples lips. I only have hearing in my right ear if it's not filled with fluid. I can only understand a high pitch voice. I learned sign language on my own. And had no one to talk with. Lol. School was no help at all. Just read the book & take the test. I hope all is well!

  • I am able to lip-read people mouth and understand what are people saying clearly.
    I learned how to lip-read since I was 12 or 13 years old.

    But, how could I learn to talk like hearing person? I am deaf. I have known ASL for long time. I desire to learn how to talk

  • I have a dear friend who wears hearing aids, but when they are not working/she has taken them out/she is sick and cant hear well, she'll speak a little softer and sign while speaking. Even my kids know not to mumble (you can't read lips that arent moving) and to face her without anything obstructing their face. We once found ourselves in a situation with the power out, using our phone flashlights to see inside and she was asking to repeat myself… It occurred she was "hearing" less because she could not SEE me. I began shining the light towards my face while speaking so she could see me. That small gesture appeared to make all the difference.

    Thanks for a gentle, kind, and informative video on lipreading – it truly is a skill, but even for hearing people it can come in handy!

  • I watched the video on mute to try to lipread and everything looked kind of like "babhbabajahababa" so i pray i dont lose my hearing someday

  • I had hearing difficulties as a child and used to lip read. The classic teacher response was “let me know if you don’t hear!” 🤦🏻‍♀️ I used to get in trouble for talking when we were meant to be quiet but I didn’t notice that the others had gone quiet!

    I found the demonstration interesting. Does it really come and go in that way? I’d assumed it was more like it was all muffled and you could work out the occasional word. Is your nerve issue a bit like a loose wire?

  • I work in a bar and use lip reading when it’s a night shift so I can understand over the horrifically loud music… very useful!

  • Not going to lie something was a bit off and haunting about this video. But it could just be me. lol no offence.

  • Wow I'm am profoundly deaf and lipread constantly I have just shared this on my Facebook to hope people can understand a bit better how exhausting it is to lipread. This video is so clear and gives a lot of info!

  • i’m hard of hearing (mainly bc of cognitive impairment) & this really is super real ! i don’t tend to tell people to slow down or repeat things because i don’t want to frustrate them, so it’s always nice to hear from another hoh/deaf person that it’s Okay to do those things 🙂

  • Thank you for being so amazing and helpful. This helps us hearing folk better understand those that may be lip reading, to be patient and how to be better understood, just as the lip reader wishes to be understood.

  • I've been told I'm easy to (lip) read which I suppose is a compliment! I wasn't aware the person I was speaking to was hard of hearing. I really want to learn BSL one day.

  • I don't have hearing issues, but I tend to mishear people anyway, which was only made worse when I was living abroad with a German girl (seeing as my German was quite poor). Whenever around her friends and family, it always took a great deal of effort just to pick out the simple vocabulary that I understood, so the longer I stayed with her, the better I got at contextual understanding, which, I'm sure is rather important in the process you're describing. It's certainly not perfect, but I can definitely see how social ques, body language, and context can all feed into this magical skill of yours.

  • This 1950's housewife look you are rocking is freaking awesome. Your wife is one lucky woman. I know I am bad for objectifying you but I am old and old enough to appreciate a cool look without being creepy about it. I was born in the 1950's (barely 10/59). You two are just darling and your triumph over disability makes my accomplishments in life look so small. It is so difficult to imagine having done so much with so many cards stacked against you. Anytime I feel put upon or depressed about my station I watch a video or yours or other disabled people what have done so much and it wakes me up and I stop feeling sorry for myself. I think one of your greatest contributions to society is to show all of us, we really have small problems and we should just stop complaining because there are people who deal with 10x as much and do more. My problems are so little. I am at 245lbs and want to be 220. I desperately want to be a vegan but it is "hard", mobile phone reception in my basement sucks. You are inspiring, to say the least, I wish for you and your wife's continued happiness and progress.

  • Thank you so much for this video! I'm hard of hearing and unable to lip read naturally (like some people are). You've actually motivated me to learn a new and useful skill.

  • I use most of the tips in your video! Sometimes i don’t really like people talking with their masks on. Cuz i cant lipread!!! I always have to rely on my hearing aids(which sometimes don’t really work) so i usually ask them to take off their masks if possible so that i can understand them

  • Thanks you so much for these videos on deafness! I'm an aspiring author who is writing a character that is 80% deaf, and you have been SO HELPFUL.

  • This is a really helpful video as I lip read a lot and I get down on myself when I can't and I don't know what the person is saying! I should probably get my hearing checked because I miss words all the time in conversation and then I end up reading lips because I can't hear all the words.

  • i used to lipread a lot as a kid bc i had hearing problems. it wasn’t until my mum asked what i was doing that i realised not everyone did that!

  • loved the part when you said " plus i spend a lot of my time looking at her lips anyway" got me rolling on the floor laughing (I'm a strange child)

  • You are just entirely too wonderful!!! Just brilliant. I love the Deaf awareness videos so much. I have a severely hard-of-hearing niece and nephew and these have been so great to watch. Thank you thank you thank you. <3

  • I was born with underdeveloped ears and suffered deafness in the first 3 years of my life. At times I could hear some things and at others not, sound was registered as nonsensical and almost like a pain. Loud things especially such as the toilet flushing would mean id run away as fast as my little legs could manage so I'd flush just before leaving the bathroom.

    In time my hearing improved to what would be considered normal (apart from tinnitus and pains that come and go – and infections too). Speech therapy means I can be quite posh from time to time as my therapist was, even though I'm from a northern town, this meant I was ridiculed for a time and didn't speak much or interact socially.

    One thing I never really learnt to do was lip read however as it makes me panicked for some reason, it's like my mind goes on a tangent of all the things they could be saying..

    Anyway, thankyou for the great video again! It's inspired me to practise it a bit more x

  • I'm not deaf at all, but I work in a loud restaurant where I often have to read peoples' lips when taking their orders. I didn't even notice I was doing it until I had a hard time understanding a couple people with beards. Out of context, I can't read lips at all, but if you're ordering a "California omelet and can you add tomatoes," I don't have to hear a word to know I should ask what kind of toast you want.

  • My hearing's pretty dodgy, but my new hearing aids are magnificently helpful. I have the commonest loss – high frequency deficiency, and speech uses those frequencies for the Sibilant Sounds & for the consonants… and it's the consonants that give words and phrases their "shape" in our ears. So with a high-frequency loss, vocal content becomes muffled, woolly and indistinct. I found that I was "deafer" if the speaker's face wasn't visible to me, or maybe a little too far away and it wasn't too long before It was clear that I was getting useful input from faces/lips without having consciously learned to "read" either. Which made it clear to me that we probably all do this to a greater or lesser extent. In the U.K. where I live, services for the hearing-impaired could hardly be better. I've just been issued with what are my fifth pair of digital aids. Initially, you need a referral from your GP, and this can take some time to bear fruit – unless your job needs you to be able to hear accurately.
    Mine did, and I was struggling to get by. At that time I was a claims manager for a national insurance company in Perth. The appointment was for a Saturday audiology clinic, and I received my aids very shortly afterwards. With each replacement pair of aids, new developments are incorporated to enhance their performance and now I'd not go anywhere without them. They have helped me to feel more "normal" in company and are vital to help me function in everyday life. Background noise has always been an additive factor in my kind of deafness, and if there's a hubbub of conversation in the room that's still problematic to a degree, but far less so than previously, when I'd habitually avoid such situations if at all possible.

  • Jessica, I'm incredibly impressed with your skill in lip-reading. I saw and reviewed the video and my mouth is still open, ecstatic. This video managed for a moment to convey the sensation of what is deafness.

    Well, a collateral advantage that I think you have developed and believe that enhances every day is the ability to interpret people, perhaps the deepest human being as essence and humanity, the capitation of micro expressions, like "facial mimetic" associated with body language is a highly complex task. For besides the reading of all these elements is added the interpretation and there is its answer to all this context.

    Repeating me, I'm impressed.

    Good, but I want to leave a question, do you have foreign language skills? In case you do not have a second language, in foreign language, even if you do not speak, but while you experience a trip or some event, among the natives can you differentiate between different rhythms of speech and accents?

    I've been following your channel for a few weeks now and I'm in the process of rescuing older videos and watching them crazily !!

    I am Brazilian and I am developing a third language (at the moment English, I already speak Portuguese natively and I have fluency in Spanish), in the end, as I am in search of foreign content to improve the English language finally the Youtube algorithm hit the excellent suggestion , I discovered your channel !!

    Please forgive me if I made a mistake in the text, or I was not clear after all, as I said, English is a skill I am building.

    Lots of warm and tropical affection from Brazil!

  • Hey my beautiful Jessica!
    So, since a little time I've been hearing quite terribly, so I went to the doctor.
    Well, turns out I'll become deaf. Not completely but my hearing is very damaged and in probably a year or so I'll hear an eighth of what I hear now.
    I really want to learn how to lip read now, and you really helped me!
    Thank you so much! Love you!

  • I've got a question.I was wondering if you can learn lipreading watching TV shows,videos and other without any volume as long they're people talking.

  • I couldn’t hear well ever since I was a baby so I read lips to learn to speak. Sadly, I’ve gotten really bad at reading lips because my hearing has gotten much better since my childhood. Thanks for the help Jessica!!

  • Is there a way to speak or use your lips to assist someone in lipreading. Similar to overexaggerating pronunciation while acting.

  • "Your problems with communication are not the subject for someone else's humour."

    I really wish people had remembered that while I was learning to speak their (foreign, to me) languages.

    Actually, so much of your advice is really useful to ANYONE learning to communicate in ANY language! Thanks so much!

  • Always wanted to learn sign language have deaf friends I hope to someday. Hope u don't take to offence I know your gay but you are very beautiful so is your girlfriend 💗 congrats

  • This is a great video! It puts into perspective the missing words you always speak of in your videos. I work as a respiratory therapist is the US (I don’t think you have these in the UK) so I deal with lots of people with tracheostomy’s pre speaking valve so I’ve learned to read lips a tiny bit. This will make me more aware of anyone trying to read my lips as well. Great content!

  • I'm not deaf, just thought reading lips would be interesting. But I can't imagine having to interrupt when someone is talking to you and say "excuse me, what topic are you talking about?" Lol 1:13

  • I just discovered your channel and my sister and I both have hearing loss since birth and we would be able to lip read each other anywhere like in a mall or at a party so it's pretty cool

  • Thank you! It is basically what it is like for me! I started wearing BAHA Cochlear implants over the last year. When I was in grammar school I had to basically get through school on lip reading and often missed a lot of notes from teachers. I had help but was still frustrating. I wish I had gone to a school for sign language when I was younger. It’s harder to learn it now that I’m older but I’m still giving it a try! Once again thank you for putting things into perspective for what it’s like for us!

  • I have been thinking about learning to lip read due to developing pretty bad hearing damage from when I was in the military… and the hearing aids the VA have given me don't seem to help at all… in fact they make it even harder to hear.

  • My sister taught herself how to lipread when she was little and she can read lips from across the room if it's well lit. It's super cool and I only learned this recently now I also want to learn I think I knew a bit when I was little because me and my sister would mouth words to each other instead of saying them when we were out in public because I had really bad anxiety and couldn't talk all the time.

  • what to do if i'm autistic, and watching faces gets me dizzy? on't say "you're screwed"… i ain't dirty dishes, so don't be a jerk.

  • No Offense I think it's hard to lip read when the other lips are..a bit flat because it doesn't move as much

  • I have a teacher whose parents did want to get her hearing aids (she’s only partially deaf, so she can hear quite well with hearing aids), so she taught herself how to lip-read.

  • I wear cochlear implants, and I don’t join in lots of conversations, and I pretend that I know what they’re saying, but I want to stop doing that. I want to not feel “wrong or like I’m doing something stupid/weird” when I request people to do few simple things, so I can get better at lipreading (main goal), and get better at socializing, and get better at pronouncing. I want to be really become good at making conversations, but I don’t talk often because, sometimes, I talk unclearly or talk faster and don’t pronounce some words correctly when I speak.

  • My father was deaf and I think watching this just made me fully realise how well he 'hid' it, or rather it helped him, via lip reading. I knew he did lip read because he had said so in the past. However, for some reason this video stuck home to me about the difficult time he must have had when I was growing up and hitting puberty and my voice changing. I remember him getting really mad at me for sometime about me not speaking properly for him so that he could understand what I was saying. Not realising at the time my voice was breaking, probably going up and down and all over the place I was left a little confused, and I'm guessing the same for him too.

  • I have been reading lips since I was 7 . now i like to watch people at a red light in the car behind me thru the rearview mirror. I find this fun and I think i can pick up on their conversation

  • Luckily I don’t have to rely on lip reading, I only use it to supplement what I hear. Like if you say “bat” my brain might process “at” or “mat” instead, so reading lips just helps me know what I might’ve heard incorrectly

  • I actually relate this to learning a foreign language. Of course it's not the same because for those who can hear it's easier but to understand English (not my native language) I use some of these techniques to help me.

  • Wow. I'm learning to lip read literally so I can understand what people are saying in instagram videos without having to use sound since I never use headphones while scrolling. It's so interesting

  • I got interested in lip reading because my other Mother is very hard of hearing and had speech impediments as a child so it was just being interested in how she communicated that led me to be able to lip read fairly well. Actually this video let me see I’m actually better at it than I thought I was so that’s pretty cool. I also had nightmares as a child that bees would fly into my ears and get lodged and since they have stingers I would never be able to get them out and so I would have to hear around bees for the rest of my life… Yes, I was a bit odd…. 😆

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