At the gym my trainer pointed out a Deaf man from the Deaf Community he’s known since high school and wanted to know if I’d ask him when he’s bringing his baby back to the gym. So I said “Hi” and introduced myself. He was quite happy to meet an ASL student. We did all the “nice to meet you” stuff and now I’ve got a new friend there. Tomorrow he’s bringing his baby girl in so the trainer can see her again.
Afterwards my trainer said, “I didn’t know if he used ESL” and I replied, “That’s English as a Second Language. He uses ASL, American Sign Language.” ESL, ASL, I suppose it sounds a lot alike.
I’m quite happy there is another signer at my gym. Now, when I see him, I’ll have someone to talk with. It’s all good. 🙂 I don’t wear my hearing aid in the gym since I use an iPod nano. I lip read the trainer, mostly.