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SOTW 09: Introducing Yourself

Now you’ve learnt fingerspelling, you can start introducing yourself!

Members of the Deaf community usually have sign names, which incorporate an aspect of the person’s name with the sign of their favourite activity or most prominent feature.

When introducing yourself, it is customary to first give your sign name then spell out your full name. When interacting with a group of deaf and hearing people, you should also indicate if you are deaf or hearing.

Here’s how it’s done:

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Sign language education emancipates Cambodian deaf

Source: ST Asia Report

Source: ST Asia Report

Until the late 1990s, Cambodia is one of the few countries with no sign language of its own. Through the work of American priest Father Dittmeier and with the help of foreign linguists, a local language has developed over the years, allowing the once scattered deaf population to communicate and participate in community life. Read this story of social liberation here at The Straits Times Asia Report.

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