Okay, this shyness is seriously getting in the way of my practising JSL.
On my route to and from home, I often (sometimes? can’t really judge which) see Deaf on the bus. But I don’t often say hi and strike up a conversation even if I’ve seen them before and had previous conversations with them. It’s very hard for me to to that. I often have to count to ten (at least fifty times!) just to get the courage to wave or tap someone on the shoulder…
That happened again today. I saw someone on the bus that I knew and I’m sure recognised me, but I pretended I didn’t see…
Yeah, I know you’re probably laughing now. 🙂
But the thing is, although Deaf culture is collectivist and can be suspicious of hearing people, they can also be quite friendly. I have had some fun experiences talking to Deaf with people looking at me thinking I’m deaf, too. Hehe. (And one or two with them being surprised when I talk. Haha!)
Languages are about people and cultures; that’s part of what I love about them. But that won’t do any good if I don’t learn not to dread people, will it?