學習手語 – Sign Language

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最近學習澳洲手語 (Auslan),獲益良多。

包括小妹在內,原來很多人都對手語或使用手語的人士存有很多誤解,為此我認為值得解釋一下:

1. 聽障人士並不視失聰為缺陷,只視自己為另一個非英語背景民族,與其他非主流社區無異,而他們也不為失聰而自卑;

2. 正因如此,對非聽障者而然的一種專為失聰小童而設的耳蝸植入助聽系統可能是一項恩物,但對聽障人士來說,是破壞他們社區文化的毒物,使他們的文化逐漸消失;

3. 部份聽障人士會學習閱\讀唇語,因此可以明白非聽障者的大部份對話,所以非聽障者絕無需要誇張說話時的口型,以為可以幫助他們理解談話的內容,其實此舉反而會引起他們的反感;

4. 因為需要利用手語對話,兩個人的注意力都集中在對方身上,有時未必留意到身邊的其他人,要打擾對話,可以輕拍他們的手臂以引起注意。另外,也切忌在他們進行手語對話時在他們中間走過;

5. 不論他們有否佩戴助聽器,切忌在他們身邊大聲說話,這不但沒有幫助,大聲浪反而會虐待他們的耳朵,使他們受苦;

6. 手語並非國際化,也和其他語言一樣,有各自的特點和文法,因此各個地方的手語並不通用,唯一可以連繫各國手語的是國際手語,不過除非是手語傳譯員,否則一般聽障人士都沒有學習使用國際手語。

學習手語非常有趣,需要利用身體各個部份配合,而且學習手語無法用文字記下,所以學習的過程必須要比一般活動教學有過之而無不及,再加上導師是聽障人士,無法用說話溝通,所以上課時的笑料真是一籮籮,下課時心情也暢快萬分,學習手語也因而成為小妹繁忙和緊張生活的調劑品。

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