Ask A Deafie: 10 Frequently Asked Questions

One of our Deaf instructors, Jenna, has taken some time to answer a few questions she’s just plain tired of hearing. (Get it?!)


AH! Nice to meet you too! But there’s no need to yell- just talk at an even pace and try not to mumble.

2. How did you get here?

Well my driver, Bertram, is on holiday so I had to drive myself.

3. So you know ASL? Teach me how to swear!

No, thank you.

4. Do you read braille?

Yes. I also speak Minionese.

5. Wait- how do you know what I’m saying without an interpreter?

I actually read your lips as they form words and (usually) understand! Lipreading isn’t an exact science though, so I still might need you to repeat some things.

6. Do you listen to music?

Yes, I do! It is, however, VERY loud. I’m grateful that my neighbors appreciate my taste in music. I tend to listen to songs with a heavy bass in it.

7. Can you hear me now?

Nope. Sorry, Verizon.

8. I will pray for you.

That is not how this works, but I appreciate the intention.

9. Is your family Deaf?

I am the only person in my family that is Deaf. Some of my family have hearing aids but do not know sign language. 90% of deaf children are born into hearing families, and I am no exception!

10. Are there other deaf people like you?

You bet! Your local Deaf community is full of music, art, and meet-ups that all embrace Deaf Culture at it’s finest. Try an ASL poetry slam or a Deaf Coffee!


Check out our Deaf Culture lessons to learn more about the Deaf Community!