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Communicating with a deaf person is not as difficult as it may seem at first instant. These tips will guide you to socialize and try to understand you with a deaf person: 

  1. Look for eye contact. Make sure that the place where you are is well lit and speak in front so he/she can see your face. Remember that the deaf person will receive all the information you give through the hearing and no hearing. 
  2. Get their attention. If no one's watching, you can call shaking your hand, turning on or off the room light, giving a light tap on the floor or in a nearby cabinet vibrations to notice and pay attention. If you are close, need not be abrupt, with a slight tap on the shoulder or arm will be enough. 
  3. Do not scream. A deaf person will not hear much they screamed. Moreover, by shouting the words of our face becomes taut, tense and that is what captures your message instead. 
  4. Talk calmly and vocalizing. It is convenient to use a sedate pace. Should not talk fast but neither go too slowly. Vocalize without exaggerating or making strange faces. It is always useful to use simple and short sentences for quick understanding. 
  5. Avoid the obstacles that prevent them from seeing your lips. Putting your hands in your mouth while talking, smoking a cigarette, chewing gum or sweets are actions that may hinder the understanding of your words. You shouldn’t turn your back or moving a lot while talking. In short, you should adopt positions that allow them to see your mouth without difficulty. 
  6. Unleash your expressiveness. Anyone know multitude of gestures and expressions that are commonly used in this society. You should know that such gestures are not part of sign language, but will help you convey what you mean. Do not be shy, use them. 
  7. Observe their expression. Although you do not have experience in communicating with a deaf person, they do have this in interacting with those who hear. They do it every day. In general, tend to be very expressive, so do not worry because you'll know instantly if you've been successful in communicating or you should insist on a sentence. 
  8. Attitude is what counts. These guidelines will help you make contact, however, do not forget that the most important thing to communicate with her is the attitude, the intent to put him. You will understand and will do wonders to make you understand. 

Besides these fast communication strategies, do not forget that sign language offers the possibility of having effective, comprehensive and real-time conversation with deaf people. If you like, do not hesitate to get close Sign Language.