I've always been fascinated with ASL, the hearing-impaired culture. Growing up, I lived down the street from my cousin who was deaf. We always wanted her around when an altercation erupted on a televised Cincinnati Reds baseball game. She'd closely watch their mouths and translate, then we'd "listen" in on the fight.
As I listened to my cousin translate with ease, I'd study the same lips. Over time, I neared total accuracy and fancied myself a skilled lip reader. Through the years, I kept practicing whenever I had the opportunity.
This week my husband showed me this video. It's what you'd think the players in the Presidential debates were saying -- if you were a bad lip reader. (Caution, there are a few moments that may not be suitable for sensitive ears). Let's just say, I have a new appreciation of my cousin's skill, the dangers presented by language barriers and the extreme value of good interpreters.
After a long, heated Presidential campaign, enjoy this bit of humor. I'd be interested in learning if, like me, this gives you a new appreciation for language barriers and interpreters.