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Friday, October 7, 2011

"Why Do Deaf People Sound Funny?"

This is an excellent description Suzie Jones shares here from her personal experience of being deaf.


  1. Yeah, beside being told we speak funny over and over again (look at the comments on sarah's esteem YouTube, it's obvious how harsh they are)

    This is why some deaf prefer ASL, they have more control how they can express themselves visually and freely in a language of its own . although some some people still need improvements how they express themselves in ASL. I am afraid SEE (signed exact english) is somewhat similar to monotone but I read some deaf sign ASL in monotone as well.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I've been told when I was living single and alone that I was losing a lot of my speech sounds. If I don't talk a lot, I lose the ability to pronounce clearly. I took speech classes, but unless I keep talking or have someone to communicate with, it goes away. When I was living an isolated life, it got pretty noticeable. If I have someone tell me which sounds I'm doing unclear, I am able to work on it "mindfully" until I get the sound right again.

  3. I don't live alone, I have a hearing son and husband. I was born deaf and no amount of talking I (oral only) haven't improve. That's just the way it is and I don't worry about it. It's their problem.

  4. Thank you for stopping by! I doubt I would speak well at all if I had been born deaf. Speech therapy was hard, and I took that while as a hearing person. I just wish I had learned and used sign earlier in life when it was first a problem. The older I get, the slower I get, more I forget and harder to learn. Had I done that, I would be able to communicate more efficiently with the Deaf in my community. As it is now, I'm floundering between the two worlds, not being able to fully communicate with either one.