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Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Teaching Hearing People To Communicate Like Deaf People"

I found an interesting article over at Limping Chicken by interviewer Charlie Swinbourne  http://limpingchicken.com/   regarding the difference in the ways deaf and hearing people communicate, according to Bruno Kahne, "who teaches hearing people the benefits of communicating more like deaf people".  The link to the full article is below these few points:

  • Deaf people talk one at a time, in a very sequential manner. Hearing people talk all at the same time, and often interrupt one another.
  • Deaf people are able to be simple and precise at the same time. Hearing people are either simple and vague, or precise and complex.
  • Deaf people stay focused on the interaction. Hearing people disconnect regularly.
  • Deaf people constantly reformulate and check understanding, saying when they don’t understand. Hearing people never ask others to repeat, and never say when they don’t understand something.

The rest of the article is quite interesting, isn't it?


  1. After 7 years of research and 5 years of writing, a book on the topic is now available on Amazon. The title is “Deaf Tips, Powerful Communication.” Author: Bruno Kahne. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    1. Mr. Kahn,

      Thank you for informing us of your published book! I will hop over to Amazon right now and order a copy for myself.

      I wish you much success with this book!

      With gratitude,