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When A Stranger Learns Sign Language (American Sign Language Vlog)

[marker writing] [Pokemon game sound] Hey! What’s up? So, storytime. A few months ago, I went to Target. It’s one of my favourite stores. A lot of people love this store, right? I went grocery shopping since I was hungry and wanted food. I got my food in my basket and went to go pay. While I’m waiting, I see this 50-year-old looking man who I see often working at the cashier. This man knows I’m deaf. I don’t know how he knows because I’ve never told him. So a few…. I can’t sign that. A few months ago, the last few times I’ve gone there, when I’m finished paying for my stuff, he would sign “thank you” and it was cute. But this time after paying, I started walking away and he signed, “Thank you. See you later.” But he signed it wrong. He actually ended up signing, “Thank you. I’ll see you in half an hour.” [clarifying translation (like 30 minutes) + fingerspelling] I think that’s what it means. Yeah, it was the wrong sign, but that- I mean, I sign things incorrectly often, so. But that gave a nice feeling. Someone looked up how to sign “see you later!” I think that was the first time it had happened to me. It’s like, “Okay, I see this person a lot. She’s deaf. “Alright. I want to learn something if/when I see her again.” It was cute. I think that was a nice story to share with you all. If you have any cute stories like that, share them in the comments. If you want to follow me on my social media, links to that are down below. If you want to help support my work, links to Patreon and Ko-fi are down below. I upload every Monday and Thursday and I will see you later. Bye!

100 Replies to “When A Stranger Learns Sign Language (American Sign Language Vlog)”

  • I'm hearing, but I have a similar story from this last Winter. I went to a local outdoor skating rink with a friend of mine (and her 8 year old nephew). while we were there, we asked another group to take our picture, and after they asked if we would take theirs. I was the only one in my group who could balance in skates, so I took the phone and started backing up to take the picture. I had just gotten the shot lined up when a couple skated in the way. As they passed the young man signed "sorry" and I signed back "it's fine" without even thinking about it. it didn't occur to me what happened until they came back around. he asked me with sign how I knew ASL (and his girlfriend spoke at first, since they didn't know my comfort level with ASL). We saw each other a few times throughout the night, but I'm still not confident with my signing so I always kept my responses brief. but I looked up a few signs while drinking hot cocoa with my group, then on our way out I made sure we passed them and I signed to him that maybe next time we ran into each other I'd be more fluent and then told him to say hi if he sees me again because I'm not great with faces but I'd love to catch up. His reaction to my attempts to sign continue to remind me one reason why I love ASL

  • Personally I love it when someone of the deaf community comes into my store, well outside deaf coffee night that's once a month. I love to see their smile when I sign if they want a pen and paper. or if that want to just asl. I have nothing but patients for others who are hoh or deaf. My signing is slowly improving.

  • I'm glad you shared this; I was curious as to what opinions there are on people learning little things like a few signs when they know an ASL using deaf person. I go to a synagogue where I've become casual friends with someone who is deaf and I wanted to learn a few signs because he /can/ read lips and speak but it's been made clear it's difficult and not how he prefers to communicate and I wanted to try to meet him closer to where he's comfortable conversationally.

    I recognize your view on this isn't the only one, but again thank you for sharing the story and (briefly) your thoughts on it.

  • I'm hearing but I recently took three semesters of ASL and really fell in love with the language. A few months ago I was hanging out at half price books when this guy comes up to me, not knowing if I knew ASL, and he signs to me "I've seen you here before and I think you are so beautiful. Can I give you my number?" I signed to him that I was flattered but that I'm a lesbian (bc of course I know that sign) and we laughed about it. Cute moment!

  • Years ago I was working at a gas station where an elderly man who was deaf and a regular at the store. After paying for his gas one day I signed thank you (after looking it up because I have awful memory, lol) and the way he brightened up was just the best!

  • Really cute story. Even though you may end up saying it not 100 ℅ correctly or only know a few words or phrases I think people appreciate when you try to use or learn their language and I definitely would appreciate the effort, aswell <3 That cashier seems to be quite nice.

  • I used to work at Taco Bell, and an older deaf man used to come through the drive thru quite often. sometimes he had a younger man with him who would help translate, but usually he was by himself. I'd know it was him because the headset bell would ring when someone came through the drive thru but nobody would answer and he'd pull up to the window with an electronic board and his order on it, and at first I'd write his total on a piece of paper for him but I knew enough ASL to run a drive thru on a basic level. I asked if he signed and he said yes and I signed back his total and change for him. Any time he came back he asked for me and said it made it easier and more comfortable for him.
    honestly him and his grandson were some of my favorite customers at taco bell.

  • this is why I'm learning ASL! I work at a bookstore in a big city and we get deaf or hard of hearing customers relatively often. Usually either they'll write down their question, or not bother asking for help at all, because they're used to just no one knowing how to communicate with them. We have several people who speak Spanish and other languages, but no one knows ASL and I just kind of went, this is ridiculous! no one should have to walk in and feel like there's no point in trying to ask for help. I'm still very new to signing and don't know much at all, but it's already helping just to be able to sign a greeting or ask if they need help. of course then I have to sign "I don't know much sign, want paper to write?" but, you know, I'm getting there lol.

  • The sign the man used for later is what I learned also. I learned to have your non dominant hand flat and your dominant hand make an L shape and move up (like you demonstrated). I learned this in Texas so maybe its a regional thing, and when the man looked up the sign that's what popped up.

    You said in the description that you think he sign half hour by accident. The sign for half hour is non dominant hand flat, and your dominant hand in a one shape. Then the dominant hand makes one half turn (aka its half of the sign for hour). They look very similar and are super easy to mix up when you don't have context.

    Also I should throw out there that I am hearing and am training to be an interpreter, so what I'm saying could be wrong.

  • I have known Asl since preschool due to 1. Having a deaf friend and 2. It was a church that interpreted for deaf members, I also work at my dad's shop and one day a deaf man came in and signed "Sorry, I'm deaf." Now, I'm not amazing at sign language, I actually use pse, but I signed back "It's okay, I know a little sign language, how can I help you ?" The look on his face was priceless, I love knowing that I made a difference in his day, even if it was only for a minute. I can't wait to see him again!

  • I really enjoy these videos, and often I like to view the video without the captions so I can view it in ASL and not be tempted to watch the captions. But when I turn them off, they sometimes pop back up in the middle of the video, and I try to turn them off again, but it continues to do the same thing. Is there any recommendations from anyone?

  • this story was really cute.
    i started learning asl almost a year ago and now i'm watching your videos without captions to see how much I understand, then turn on the captions and replay. i'm happy to say I understood the whole story and only had some problems with fingerspelling. (I had to slow it down)
    your videos help me practice since I have no deaf friend to talk to.

  • A long time ago I learned ASL just for fun, and while working in Yosemite I got the chance to use it when I was assigned a deaf roommate. But this has nothing to do with my room mate.
    One morning I looked over while having breakfast and a couple were having a VERY private conversation. I didn't want to eavesdrop so I tried my best to ignore them, but as I worked in that very cafeteria and was in uniform getting ready to start work I wrote a note to them and handed it to them, pretending another guest had given it to me. The note simply said, "You are not the only people here who know ASL."
    Do you ever have a more than personal conversation with someone in public, assuming no one around will understand the what is being said?

  • That's adorable!! I too have learned some bsl (i live in the uk) to say to people that I see are deaf or HoH.
    Not too long ago, I was working and saw this group of friends were signing so when they came up to me to buy a drink I said to them "thank you enjoy your drink!" In bsl and the looks on their faces were priceless! It's amazing how these small gestures can go such a long way.

  • I don't know a whole lot of ASL but I do know enough to help someone when they come into my job. Generally, the people I meet who are d/Deaf or HoH are very grateful that I understand how to help them instead of trying to yell, which most people (at my job) do. I had one girl who just got so happy when I signed to her "Have a good day!" As a supporter, I definitely recommend learning a little ASL just to help someone!

  • I have been kind of in the other role. I used to work at a supermarket, and was just learning basic sign language (a few years ago now) when this mum and dad and their son came through, all signing to each other. I signed hello to the little boy (he was about 6) as I could see he was the one that was deaf. The boy signed back, and we had a basic conversation. He was really excited, and then just as they were leaving, the mum asked me a few questions. She also said that it was really nice for her son, as he had just started school where no one knew sign language. And even now, he rarely had anyone outside the family to talk to. So at first it made me happy, and then kind of sad to know that he had this isolation.

  • When I caught the train a few weeks ago I noticed the lady opposite me had a hearing dog so I decided to try and make sure I signed what I was saying. We ended up having a nice conversation about our dogs and I didn't understand it all or sign well but it was really nice being able to have a conversation (especially silent, I prefer not talking :p hence the sign language)

  • I graduated from an interpreting program . my husband is a nurse. I have taught him a few things like. hi my name is Patrick I am your nurse. do you need to go to the bath room. do you need pain medicine.

  • I'm a Bagger at a grocery store and I get a lot of Deaf customers! Because of that, i learned how to ask "you want paper bags or plastic bags" because that's what we're supposed to ask our hearing clientele.

  • I've been following you for a while now because you have great videos, and I'm trying to learn more about Deaf culture. And, since I don't have anyone to talk to in sign language, I'm so happy I can watch your fun videos AND improve my skills with understanding when others sign – even if you're still learning too!

  • I grew up hoh and recently lost all my hearing. One of my friends decided to learn ASL for me so I can be involved!

  • I actually learned that "later" IS signed the way he signed it. however, like many other signs we stop using the less dominate hand and it just became the L hand shape alone. But that just depends on the signer. We do the same thing with "good" and "bad". The proper way to sign those are with two hands; dominant hand is the one that goes from chin outwards and lands on the less dominant hand facing up. I'm nor sure I said that right, lol. But most people will just use one hand, making "good" look like "thank you". Point is, the man's way of signing it was really "wrong", just less often used. The 30 mins (half hour) is without thumb touching palm. "Later" is the "L" so the thumb does touch the palm of the other hand. Tiny details in ASL make a huge difference. I've learned that the hard and awkward way, lol.

  • This is a cool story because I've been thinking about learning sign language because i just recently started my job as a grocery clerk and i wanted to prepare for any situation I could run into, and it would help me expand the friends i could make if they were deaf i would have a reliable way to communicate with them. I also think it would help me later on in life when I become a psychiatrist.

  • I know some ASL. I practice at home, with videos, flash cards, I have programs, but it's all challenging. It's hard to know what is the right resource, and I work full time and have kids, so I can't also go to school for this. Anyway, I sell insurance and do educational meetings for it. At one meeting we had a woman who was deaf. Her interpreter called in sick with strep, but she was at the meeting. My client suddenly offered me up to work with the woman. I put on the brakes, said I was not an interpreter (because this woman deserved an interpreter), but I would be happy to help out as best I could. I don't know how to sign deductible, copay, coinsurance, etc. I finger spelled a lot and we ended up using our phones to write out some texts and read them on a few things (she had dental issues). I felt so good and she was so sweet. I just wanted to go home and practice, practice, practice! It's about communication and that comes by trying. Most hearing people can sign. I don't know how many deaf people can lipread, but I think it is a small percentage, and I know that maybe 30% is understood and the rest is context. As the hearing community, we need to be the ones that are reaching out. Let's find the tools and resources to bridge the gaps to welcome the Deaf community, to speak their language and respect who they are.

  • I'm a checkout worker, and I always have a little arsenal of Auslan signs, just in case any of my customers are deaf. It's important that a task as simple and necessary as shopping should be equally as accessible to everyone.

  • I had to go to target to pick up a make up supply after my baseball game and my brother suggested that I talk to that man over there. First of all it wasn't a guy it was a women. Anyway I went up to her and tried to talk to her but another employee told me she was deaf. So I started to sign as well as I could. I did pretty well the only thing I didn't know the sign for was the word make up. So I used the asl alphabet. She could talk a little bit and she pointed tawards the back. And she kept saying back back back and I signed In the back she said yes and then I signed thank you good bye. That was like the first time I've ever really used it in public. I felt so proud of myself to remember all the signs that I could remember. I'll work on my sign language some more. That way if this happens again I'll know how to sign the word next time.

  • I work with deaf/hard of hearing kids, I've been working there for months now and was so proud of myself because I knew most of the signs in this video without reading the captions!

  • once when i was visiting a friend, i tagged along when they went to a church where my friend's mother was an interpreter. i knew maybe only 2 words in ASL, but a language i had been practicing was japanese, and since we were going to a church i had scribbled a bible verse in japanese on my arm for practice. when we got there and my friend's mom was greeting people, one older man, who was deaf but could read kanji reached for my arm and signed the japanese on it. we couldn't communicate much other than that, but we both smiled big at each other at having met someone else who knew the same language aside from ASL/english. i know i felt really happy the rest of the day. i think he did, too.

  • I would like to share a different but same topic story, I am a hearing person, I was working full time at a store called raido shack I noticed a man he usto come in often, he wrote on paper, that is when noticed he was deaf, I know the alphabet is ALS but felt it would upset him having to sit there wail I spelt everything out. He returned to the store and I walked up to him and spelt hello how can I help you and as I was signing he began to smile. It was an amazing feeling having to be able to help. Sence that day I have learned more ALS

  • I grew up playing sports against a deaf girl and the only person she seemed to communicate with was her father who always had to help coach her teams (what a good dad). I always seemed to watch her because she was so different than the rest of us 10 year olds (and I don't at all mean that in a bad way… I lived in a super small community and she was the only deaf person I had encountered) and knew for years that ASL was something I wanted to learn. Years later when I worked retail during college a deaf customer came in and I saw how distant and slow to communicate we were to each other and I knew then that I needed to start learning. Last summer I asked a local ASL teacher who teaches in the county school system to teach a summer class and thankfully she did. I still have so much to learn and I'm incredibly rusty, but I'm so glad I was able to learn the basics. I would love to have a teacher around all the time!

  • Funny! Where I live, the way the cashier signed it is exactly how we sign it in my area of the US! Do you live in Canada? Is that right?

  • Hi. I am a coda and have been watching your videos for a while now. Technically the way he signed later was not wrong. That's how a lot of people sign it.

  • I REALLY want to learn BSL, I'm hard of hearing in both ears now(was born hard of hearing in both ears one got better then worse again) but I can tell my hearing is getting worse, I've always wanted to know BSL but I don't know any deaf people other than my mum and auntie who don't sign, I don't know where or how to learn BSL, whenever I see someone signing it makes me so happy and I'm so intrigued I really want to learn I would love to work with deaf people and just feel more a part of the community as I don't feel like I am, anyway I love your videos you're the only deaf YouTuber I know💙❤️💖💜💚💗💘💝💕

  • About 5 years ago – before I had started learning sign language – a deaf couple came into my restaurant. I looked up how to say fish and day and went down to tell them the fish of the day (I had learned the finger spelling alphabet at school and still remembered). 
    After I signed the fish of the day they both started signing to me and then I had to write down that I didn't know NZSL but I'd just looked up how to sign the fish. I was so embarrassed. They were super nice and appreciative that I'd made the effort. I don't really know why I was embarrassed, maybe because I felt like I should have known more NZSL given that it is an official language of our country. I'm not in hospitality anymore but I sometimes wish I was so that I got a chance to interact with more people in this way.

  • I am a hearing person, however I do have a physical disability. I had surgery a couple of years ago to help with some pain I was having and I ended up in a wheelchair for a few months. My family and I went to Costco to do some grocery shopping and while we were paying, one of the cashiers told me he liked my shoes. I just thought that was sweet, I don't think he knew I had surgery but it was still a very nice compliment that made my day, especially considering I wasn't in the best mood that day.

  • hey! HoH here! my area (Philadelphia) uses that second sign for later as well as the first. for half hour we use all four fingers, later is just the pointer finger. I hope that was a clear explaination it's late and I have no spoons and ran out of meds so I'm foggy, but he might have found a video of someone using the regional sign!

  • I worked at a home improvement store and we had a handful of deaf/ hearing impaired customers that frequently came in and a group of us got together to learn greetings. Then one of the guys was able to get into a ASL class (there's always a waiting list and impossible to get into it) so he'd bring us in the work books so we could attempt to be more helpful on the floor without the constant use of a notebook. I was shit passed how are you's and thank you's though lol

  • I'd only just started learning ASL seriously when I was at the park with a child I was babysitting. A woman saw my "Allergic to the sun- your ignorance hurts me" message on the back of my sun jacket. She came to introduce herself and we used a mixture of her phone and my tiny ASL vocabulary. The cute moment came when I signed SLOW MEET-YOU rather than NICE MEET YOU. She showed me NICE and thankfully I realized immediately what I signed wrong and I haven't made that mistake again. Too cute, the guy messing up SEE YOU LATER. Although, I admit, I watch you do that sign at the end of every vlog and I just can't manage it for some reason.

  • On my way home by metro I saw this young lady during a video call using sign language and people were starring ._. Once she hung up the call, looking around I signed to her 'are you deaf?' she signed 'Yes, are you?' and I mistakenly signed yes:'D. The metro stopped and she left. (I learned few words of sign language sadly i forgot them that day) Then I googled the sign of Yes and No. I ran in the whole station to find her with my friend and I did. I apologized to her for making the wrong sign and so on. We continued talking in the second metro we took until she left. All of the people in the metro were surprised to see us talking in ASL. We exchanged numbers and still talking till today. After she left the metro, 3 stations were left for me and the people were telling me 'come sit here there's a place' as if i'd hear them if I were deaf xD

  • Ever since I was younger I always wanted to learn ASL. It had always amazed me and I have a cousin who is fluent and used her ASL In her job. At the beginning of this year I started taking classes at the School for Deaf near me and love it so much. I’m no where near fluent but I do know a good amount to hold small talk and help out when needed. I also work at an amusement park. I’ve had a few encounters with some deaf people and it’s amazing to be able to communicate. I enjoy learning ASL so much and to be able to communicate with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community is amazing.

  • where I work we have to ask everyone, "do you have what you need, have you a store card, would you like give feed back etc"
    so after saying the usual a gentleman signed "im deaf"
    I signed "im regi"
    cheesy, but we laughed and had a nice conversation.

    we're friends bout a year and a half now.👐💛✌

  • Thank you for sharing this story. I work in a fast food resturant and have several deaf regulars which made me want to learn sign but id been nervous because i dodnt want to patronize or embarrass them. It's good to know that it can be appreciated.

  • I've been learning ASL for quite a while (I'm not deaf, I don't know anybody deaf) just because where I live we have deaf cashiers and people that help pack your car, it's helpful for me and for them. It's so nice to see them smile (:

  • I'm learning LSQ (in part because I might have hearing loss, the next audiogram will say more clearer) and had a coworker deaf who were really happy that I wa learning it. And one other time, I've signed with a couple. They were so happy Like when I had customers. <3 <3

  • I actually came to this video because, I currently work at a mini market & there is an older gentleman, I'd say in his early 50s, that normally comes in for lottery & my first week there I noticed him signing a few things & didn't talk very good so I asked my coworkers if he was deaf (just out of curiosity) & they said, yes he is.
    Right then & there I decided I would at least learn the basics, plus some extra words, so that he can have a normal experience like everyone else. The first time I signed "thank you, see you soon!" His face just lit up & that is the greatest feeling you can have in the entire world.
    He is always so joyful when he sees me, now. 🙂

  • i haven't watched the video yet and i am not deaf, but i want to learn asl so-

    Edit: that's kind of the reason i want to learn because if there's a deaf, or H.H. person i want to be able to talk to them just like i would talk to a hearing person

  • last year i was going through my first semester of asl, thinking of dropping because my professor was deaf and it seemed everyone else could understand her but me, it was getting too hard for me i was thinking of quitting, but then i found out there was a lady at work who everyone said was deaf, i didn't believe it until i saw her ordering her food with her phone (texting) so i tried signing to her to see how she'd react because i didn't want to assume she was deaf, right? well now i've learned her name, i try speaking to her often, and i stayed in my asl class, she seems happy because i'm one of maybe three people at work who can communicate with her outside of using smart phones. maybe i annoy her sometimes because i don't know much but that's also okay lol

  • This video really foes hammer it home how different ASL is to BSL coz I'm HOH and I use bsl coz we'll I'm British and I was trying to understand the sign which yer some are the same but a lot are different so I ended up having to look back and read it coz I was interesting some of the ASL and then I was like eh what lol

  • A cashier at my nearest grocery store started to show interest in learning a few signs in Swedish sign language, because I was a frequent customer. I taught them "thank you", "good" and a few numbers. Actually looking up signs on their own would impress me a bit, actually, since that shows some dedication to learning. Not a common experience with non-signers, for me. But just showing some interest in learning a few signs in whatever sign language someone speaks, and not forget it right away, is a nice gesture. Makes me happy too.

  • I like that you struggle with some of your signs. I'm on my second semester of ASL in college and it's encouraging to see a Deaf person mess up signs. I feel like I have to be so perfect, but it will never be perfect and that's ok. Keep on keeping on girl!

  • That’s why I’ve committed to learning ASL. I want to be able to surprise any cute dear chick I may happen upon, or be able to give someone deaf someone else to talk to if they are alone and waiting some where. I’ve always wanted to learn ASL and am just now taking my studying seriously.

  • I know a little bit of ASL (just a little),but I've always been embarrassed to use what I know incase I make a mistake. This has opened my eyes that I should be willing to put myself out there and try the bit I know.

  • My mom once told me that it was useless to learn sign language because it's not like I'm planning on becoming deaf and I don't know anyone deaf. But I don't know if I'll meet someone who's deaf. In my school, a lot of kids have chocliar issues so a lot of kids that basically look like Stephen Halwkins. I don't know how else to explain it.

  • Wanting to learn to sign some things is what brought me to this video. I'm a cashier with a deaf coworker. Sometimes when I get the chance to chat with her, my coworker will teach me things. But I have a deaf customer who seems very nice and comes in my store often.I want to learn at least some simple things so I can greet him when he comes shopping.

  • Honestly i love ASL, it looks so cool! Like an interpretative dance with your hands! Im not deaf but i have been trying to learn it so i can make communication easier for a girl who started working at my job and she happens to be deaf, often times if i dont know the sign, i just finger spell, she has taught me a lot of phrases and i have learned some on my own, id love to be able to get more fluent!!

  • I'm deaf too and I've had some customers who tried to say in sign language for me to get it. Honestly…it was a bit awkward when they don't really know how to sign properly. (I understand nobody's perfect). So every single day, I've APOLOGIZED a lot at work for being deaf and ask them to repeat of what they're saying…ugh! It was most of the time pretty hard…especially with the lip reading. I had to admit the I'm no good at lip reading but I did use all of my best hearing for communication with one customers at a time. It's very hard. And of course, I sometimes used a small hand note and a pen for the better. (I should've use pen and paper more often lol whoops lol) 🙂

  • This is exactly what I'm doing right now. I stock shelves at Target in the mornings, and there's an older deaf gentleman that usually visit us. I've started learning sign language to help him out more in the store because nobody else knows how to, even though he usually gets by without any help, of course. I think he's more just super happy that anyone's bothered trying to learn signs for him at the store

  • i'm so sorry this is an old video, But i'm tearing up because of the comments. I just can't read any further. I wish one day I could learn some ASL.

  • I’m in ASL interpreting right now and I think it’s more embarrassing stories haha! My teacher wanted us to meet at Kroger’s so we can learn foods, how to check out and how to sign money! Well I asked my teacher if he wanted to make out instead of get coffee 😂 oops! Another girl then signed “I like to eat virgins.” Instead of vegetables 😂😂 2nd semester a girl was up telling a story and my teacher at first thought she was talking about her menstrual cycle but she was so nervous she kept signing either EVERYDAY or GIRL wrong 😂😂 I mean those are how we learn! He told us “I’d rather your make your mistakes in the classroom so I can correct them!”

  • I'm hard of hearing and I work at a restaurant. During high school i lost some of my hearing, so i took asl classes at my school, after 3 years of learning asl from a deaf gallaudet alumni, I was really confident in my signing. anyway back to the story… I was working and a party of 10 people came in to eat and they were signing with each other, I went over and started signing to them and held quite a long conversation that shocked all my co-workers because they never knew i could sign. it was so nice to find others in the community in my small town and i think we may have more business with them and others in the community, next time i see them come in, I'll take their order in asl.

  • Actually he did sign "later" correctly. it is one used by an older generation. He obviously learned that sign from an old video or older signer.

  • I have been warching your videos since before you used ASL in them. Maybe it sounds silly coming from a stranger, but I am proud of your progress and glad that you incoprorate sign into your videos. Having the confidence to use a second language on video is awesome! I am happy you leave in the mistakes. The struggle is real! Awesome progress!

  • I’m hearing but there are two students in my class that are deaf. I have always wanted to learn ASL so I thought I would look up a few basic signs to try and talk with them. I know the alphabet and simple sentences like “Hi, my name is…” and “nice to meet you” I want to sign to them but I’m so nervous I don’t know why! I haven’t really had a full conversation yet. But a few weeks back we had a presentation so I learned how to sign “good job” when they were done with the presentation. The one guy smiled and signed “thank you” so I hope it at least made his day. I hope to learn more sign so I can try and talk to them 🙂

  • One time, I had gone to a small antiques store in my small town. And I had gone to go cash out and I didn't know what to do because the cashier obviously did not know how to sign because I had known him many years before that and before I was deaf. So I had to talk to him and I tried to say okay to him and I also tried to say goodbye but by the look on his face I do not think that I said it right. So a few days later I had signed it to him goodbye because I didn't want to sound like a dumb dumb because I did last time because I do not think that he knew I was deaf because I had just become deaf. And then he randomly signed back to me goodbye and thank you and that was very pleased to find out that his son was deaf and that is why he knew how to sign. And now two weeks later I'm still relieved

  • I don't know any deaf people now but I use to go to school with 2 deaf people I only remember yes and no in sign language can someone tell me what she is saying in the video please I would love to know I want to learn sign language if I ever meet a deaf person I can help them or they can help me I have learning difficulties but I can do must things just takes me a bit longer to learn some things some times not all the time just some times I am like any body else just find some things difficult to learn as quick as other people

  • That's super sweet and cool I know people who I call friends and they still won't Purposely go out and Learn any asl. They pick something's up because I sign and talk alot ,but still won't go out of there way to learn.

  • i’m hearing, so i’m taking the role of the cashier i guess. i’m a waitress and when i was 16 i had a table that was a deaf couple. i come from a small town and i’d never actually met anyone who was deaf or even hard of hearing to my knowledge. they ordered by pointing and i showed them the ticket to make sure i got it. then while they ate i went in the back and did a quick google search. when they paid, i signed “have a good night” and the woman began to cry and she hugged me. fast forward almost three years, i run an asl club at my school where i teach conversational asl to all my classmates.

  • That's awesome!!

    My family and I were leaving a festival and a police officer guiding traffic somehow saw my hearing aids from quite a distance away. He started signing to me! Super friendly officer. He looked happy to see a deaf guy. He must be either a CODA or took ASL classes years ago and never lost practice because he was FLUENT.

    One morning while walking my dog, the sanitation workers were pulling into my neighborhood. Was randomly compelled to sign GOOD MORNING. One of them signed back, "YOU DEAF?" We greeted each other before had to part ways. Was awesome.

  • I’m hearing, but I tend to come across deaf people quite often in public.

    One time I was at a pizza restaurant and it had concrete floors (no vibration in the floor) and a lady dropped her phone.
    I was facing the opposite direction but my mom spotted it and signed to me “I think she’s deaf and dropped something but didn’t feel the vibration”
    Because I was too nervous (anxiety is the best) my mom went up and tried to sign to her that her phone fell. My mom was struggling to sign because she wasn’t as well acquainted with the language as I am but she managed.😁

    Another time, I was at a grocery store and my dad and I couldn’t find the zucchini.
    We went up to a worker and he was deaf.
    My dad asked if I could sign to him to ask if he knowledgeable where the zucchini was, but I didn’t know the sign for zucchini and I wasn’t the clearest with finger spelling so my dad ended up writing in a piece of paper.

    AND ANOTHER TIME I was at a park with my youth group and we were doing a scavenger hunt type thing and we had to get 5 group pictures with strangers so we went up to a group of people and they were signing.
    A few of the people knew I sign and they asked me if I could sign to them.
    I didn’t know the sign for youth group and like I said earlier, not very good at finger spelling😅
    A few people were hearing though so we were able to get the picture and our group won😂

  • So this didn’t happen to me more like I did this for someone so I was at this store with some friends we saw someone talking to a worker and she kept singing to him “I’m deaf” she tried to get a translator but the worker wouldn’t do anything my friends and I have been learning asl for 2 years one of them has a deaf aunt and another has a dead uncle so we go up there and my friend with the uncle says she can be a translator and helped out the lady with her issue and then she thanked us for helping and she said that she hopes we all keep learning asl

  • I coach a kids’ team, and one year one of the moms was deaf. She did quite a bit of the paperwork for the team, so I just took the time to learn to say thank you to her, and I’ve never seen a brighter smile.

  • I realize you wrote about this in the comments already but because I’m a huge nerd I find this interesting. I’m an interpreting student on the east coast and here people use the “half hour” version of later quite often. I work with Deaf people as well and they tend to use that version more often than the other

  • I'm hearing and I sign.
    I'm going to share this, as it gave me warm fuzzies today.
    A Spanish speaking couple came in today looking at appliances. I paged to have a Spanish speaking associate come over to help out. I stuck around in case I was needed. Mom and Dad looking for a refrigerator along with two Daughters and a Son. As they are conversing I notice the boy has cochlear implants. I signed and asked if he signed as well. He signed "yes", as Mom stopped talking and I saw her sign yes also. I signed "do you sign spanish or english?" He and his Mother responded "both" as the Parents smiled big and pointed at me, speaking to their Son. We signed for a minute and then I also signed to his Mother asking if she was learning Sign language. She said "yes". After business was finished in Spanish, they were walked up front, with big smiles and waves goodbye from both Parents and all three kids. I don't speak Spanish and the Parents don't speak English, but together we could communicate through sign language, for their Son. That made my day, and I'm pretty sure it made theirs too.

  • I’m trying to learn sign language, I know a little through a friend who teaches a class that has a lot of deaf kids in it, and I recognized/ understood way more of this than I thought I would

  • I started learning asl a little bit when I was a kid. My dad got interested in it so I learned some basics.

    Then I started to lose my hearing (tinnitus and hearing loss) and started brushing up on it to improve my communication.

    So I work in a pharmacy. And a while back someone came in for a flu shot. She had a paper with her and communicated that way. I signed to her that I was learning sign and she just lit right up. We passed the rest of the conversation alternating between my terribly small sign vocabulary, finger spelling and writing on the paper. After her flu shot was over she came back around the corner specifically to thank me. I love, so much, being able to help someone feel more accepted and included when they come in.

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